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Does anyone else here not have a GP?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Nov 22, 2020 at 1:17 AM.

  1. Engine Swap

    Engine Swap Tele-Holic

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    Seems almost impossible with the way doctors move around now.

    Everytime I start with a new doctor, they're gone by the next time I need to go in.

    My healthcare plan lets me "choose" a doctor, but the ones with the best reviews don't accept new patients and I am continually being steered towards doctors with poor ratings. The last physical I had was done by an ex-military doc who handled me like a side of beef.
     
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  2. beanluc

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    Until 20 months ago, I had a great-step-grandmother-in-law who had undetected high blood pressure for up to 20 years, because she didn't see a doctor.

    This resulted in kidney damage, so, guess how many years she spent getting dialysis.

    More than 20.
     
  3. drumtime

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    If you have a way to pay for it, it's a good idea to have one. I went for decades without, and with zero health problems. Then, the old prostate started making decisions on its own and the ER and urologists insisted I had to have one, so now I do. Same experience as above - immediately recommended the butt camera. I'm glad I'm getting old, but it's not without its challenges.
     
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  4. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    For 21 years I have ever since I was brought to the ER-- hit by a car on my bicycle, with an L1 back fracture.

    He was finishing up his residency then and I didn't have a doctor.
     
  5. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

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    If you don't have one, get one. You might have avoided the problems you're having now, and by going to see one you might avoid future problems. Just because we feel "okay" doesn't mean we're healthy.
     
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  6. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire

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    I find myself on the other side, preferring MDs. In fact, I just got a new one, as my old one transferred clinics and I'd rather not drive the extra 10 miles. Bonus is the besides primary care, his specialties include "men's aging". Lucky me.

    When I was in Austin and saw my doctor yhere for the first time, she asked why I had chosen her. I said she was most like my previous doctor. She said, "A woman?" I laughed and said the my last was, but the real reason was that she was in private practice.
     
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    I’ve had a PCP for quite a while, nearly twenty years I guess. He has had my blood taken and analyzed many times or about once a year. He works with my cardiologist and other doctors I have concerns with. Great guy and a big help toward keeping me healthy. I have an excellent doctor/patient relationship with my PCP and I would always suggest if one is over fifty to find a good PCP that works well for the patient.
     
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    Be sure that friends and family know you are looking for a reliable doctor.
    Word of mouth and personal recommendations are the best way to find a good mechanic or doctor IME.
     
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  9. Obsessed

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    I have a PA for my GP. Just sayin'

    I'm doing good so far, but as we age, we all probably should go in for our annual wellness appointment. From what I have read here in the Bad Dog, things start to happen when you get older.:eek:
     
  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    It seems to be getting less and less possible to have a “GP" anymore. A Personal Care Provider PCP.

    It's more of an "any doc can treat you" approach. I'm not fond of it. Not to mention if you are sick you'll never get in to see your "GP" for weeks and either end up at urgent care or with another Doc at your GP's office. Probably the newbee with few patients.

    I'm a firm believer that the system is rigged for max profit. I truly believe that a computer program could diagnose at least 50% of health issues and lower the cost of medicine a ton. But it takes too much profit out. The AMA is for one thing and it's not for medicine, it's for profit. They have multi day seminars on how to profitize your medical clinic.


    -Just take the best docs in the world and get the knowledge to input into the computer program needed. It's just a decision tree!

    Diagnosis is always best using all the variables to make a decision. Many docs are not good enough to do so, or aren't given enough time to do so, so use only a few variables. ...

    -The best docs in the world will create the best diagnosis program available for everyone in the world!

    -The computer spits out your Rx if one is needed, or it tells you what specialist you should go see.

    -Further, if your medical problem and solution is entered back in, the program learns from empirical evidence.

    One multiple choice program becomes the collective mind of all medical knowledge, and YOU get the best there is!
     
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  11. P Thought

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    I'm one of my doctor's first clients from when he moved here 40 years ago; we're about the same age. He's retiring at the end of the year, moving into clinic administration, and I'll be assigned to a new one, who I hope will stay long enough to see me through my dotage.
     
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  12. blowtorch

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    Simply dictated by changing insurance networks.

    I've worked for four different companies over the last seven or so years, and I've come full circle back to my original network/provider

    I live literally across the street from a clinic, I got to take advantage of that convenience exactly once :p
     
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    Serious reply here. I have a primary care physician who specializes in my most pressing chronic medical problem, diabetes. He sorted that out quickly with what has turned out to be a very effective treatment. A cardiologist picked up what looked like a pair of bundle branch blockages in a pre anesthesia screening. My PCP investigated it further and found that one of them is transient. It should be monitored and is no cause for alarm. He also advised an EKG before any trip to Hawaii. Nothing deeper than a pool if a second block is detected. A third blockage would cause my heart rate to drop to 50 and I wouldn't be able to make it from deep water to safety. I'm saying this because there are primary care physicians and "docs". My suggestion is to find a primary who has experience with your most pressing chronic medical conditions and who is willing to give you the time for proper monitoring of them. Your life may depend on it one day.
     
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  14. Phrygian77

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    I have a GP, but the last two times I've scheduled a physical, the appointment has been two months out. Each time, something came up and I had to reschedule or ultimately cancel. It's ridiculous.
     
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    Were it not for the Internist/GP my wife convinced me to start seeing, I might not be alive today. Bad stuff can happen. With regular checkups - and a concerned, capable doctor who knows what to look for - you'll be in a better position to handle them.
     
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    I compromise with my doctor by having the small apple fritter.

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  17. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That's why I always laugh when I see those "ask your doctor/tell your doctor" commercials.
     
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  18. Stinger22

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    Once you hit 40 you need to start seeing one to get your baselines set, 50 it is vital to start seeing one as you WILL start having health issues and best to catch them early. And yes most insurance covers a yearly visit and test.
     
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  19. Stinger22

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    You don't pay taxes? My visits are "free" and I get to choose my GP and change to another if I don't like him/her. And if I need something non-critical or elective don't have to wait. No emergency room can turn away an emergency patient here.
     
  20. blowtorch

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    You know about like, mychart, right?

    I've worked on the tech end of EPIC systems, the company who provides the software that the healthcare/insurance industry runs on. Their world HQ is just a few miles away.

    Their business model is seemingly this-make it so complex and unclear to use and navigate that every different clinic and insurance co that utilizes it needs to have an EPIC systems specialist, in-house
     
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