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Does anyone else here not have a GP?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I have a family doctor at a local practice.
    Been going there for 15 years now.

    I get a complete physical every February, including labs, chest x-ray, EKG, prostate check, everything.

    Then I go a week later (with fresh EKG and lab results in hand) and get my Class 2 Flight Physical from the FAA doc.

    It's become a routine.

    o_O
     
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  2. daddyplaysbass

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    I'm a sucker and loser from the Viet Nam era with a minor combat disability. After I retired from the US Army (26 years) I got hooked up with the VA and see my PCP (Nurse Practitioner) every 6 months and specialists when needed. VA has an excellent website for Vets, My Health e vet, where all my visits and medications are recorded.
     
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    pet peeve, and completely and utterly false. The NHS in the U.K. is NOT “completely free”. It is free at the point of delivery, but the reality is that the NHS is a very expensive healthcare system that is paid for out of the public purse and funded indirectly through taxation.

    As such, we ALL have a vested interest in making sure it’s the best it can be, and not settling for ‘second best’, because it is ‘completely free’ after all. Saying it is completely free devalues it, which is wrong.

    back to the OP.... years ago I used to have a family doctor, but those were the days when the GP would do his morning rounds then do home visits and the entire family would be under his care.

    Nowadays it’s completely different. At my wife’s (and daughters) surgery for example every single GP has either left or retired, leaving the place to be staffed by whichever locum doctor will fill a shift. My own surgery went though some staff changes a few years ago, but seem to have settled on a Polish husband and wife team. I’ve seen them both and I can honestly say they’re both excellent. I also have on occasion been seen by a Sri Lankan GP who’s name I can’t pronounce but is a blunt no-bull sorta guy who ALSO seems on top of his game!
     
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    I think this may be one of those "US versus the world" topics.

    I have a family doc but I'm in good health. The last few times I saw her was on the ski hill!
     
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    We have a GP, and my wife has a heart specialist she sees. We have been fortunate enough to have this situation for many years. It is my hope that it continues to be so.
     
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    :lol:

    Not having a tech specialist in my house, I just ignore all the links they send me.

    I used to marvel at some of the programs that got sold to schools, especially "gradebook" programs attached to attendance trackers. Reverse usefulness.
     
  7. Lake Placid Blue

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    No self respecting apple fritter is smaller than my hand. If it’s smaller than my hand then it’s just a glorified donut hole. And I’ll probably need a few of those. Just don’t tell my doctor.
     
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  8. Lake Placid Blue

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  9. ieatlions

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    No need to state the obvious. I think everyone knows how a publicly funded health system works, popular nomenclature for this type of system is “free healthcare”. Can I ask why you’re mentioning the Nationality of your doctors?
     
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    Well yeah! I really prefer those footlong models that have the apples on the outside, and that kind of apple pudding on the inside. I think they go about four thousand calories, but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound. ( or pounds )
     
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    My dad was an M.D. One of my brothers is. My other brother is a D.O. I come from a family of doctors, but fortunately they have a sense of humor.

    Did you know that it is typically tougher to get into veterinary school than into medical school. So, if you are really in need of quality health care, go see your veterinarian!
     
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    Didn’t think I needed to explain the finer points of a publicly funded healthcare system. This type of system is generally referred to as “free healthcare” but is obviously funded by taxes.

    Have a great surgery local. I have a designated GP (same one for 10 years) but I have a choice of 7 other Doctors, nurses and physio(who I was referred to after hurting my back playing rugby), which saved me having to make 20 minute trips to the local hospital.

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    The NHS isn’t perfect by any means but it’s I feel incredibly lucky as many Britons do.
     
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    Yes.
    Something you should consider: if they exist, get as much Medical Information from your Parents and Siblings.
    Share that with your Next Doctor.

    Best of luck.
    -ST
     
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    I had a primary (I called him Dr. Doom) for decades. He retired a few years ago and I transitioned to a new doc. He’s a little cheerier:)

    It may be hard for others to understand how things work in the US. To say that care/insurance is decentralized is an understatement.

    I turned 65 this year and entered Medicare. Just in time too, as it appears my warranty has expired and I’ve got all sorts of little nibbly problems. My dermatologist/skin cancer chopper said “you’ve got the golden ticket now”. After decades of paying big $ for insurance, I’m amazed at how cheap Medicare and a Medicare advantage plan are.

    For instance, I’m allowed an almost free eye exam every year. I hadn’t had one in about seven years. Doc found a tear in my retina that would have led to detachment (not a good thing). Refers me to an eye surgeon for laser repair, which only cost me a $30 copay. A visit to assess, a visit for the repair, two follow up visits; all on that $30.
     
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    Warren Zevon relied exclusively on his dentist, until it was a bit late . . .

    30 October 2002, New York City, USA - WZ w/ David Letterman

    You heard about the flu? Yeah

    Yeah well it’s true.

    How did I learn about it. First of all let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for twenty years.

    It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.

    The only person that I ever go to is Dr Stan, you know Dr Stan, the dentist, and I always said if he can’t fix it, I’m screwed.

    And I told Dr Stan that I was having shortness of breath, I had it for months, I did a short tour, went to Canada, and I would only hire people who would tell me it was stress.

    Flunked out medical students who became musicians, I’d say I'm short of breath ... all the time’, and they’d say, don't you ever watch the Sopranos?’

    I said, ‘No’

    But when Dr Stan the dentist heard about it, he said, ‘it sounds like congestive heart failure or something, ‘ so he made me go to a doctor the next morning after he heard it.

    Letterman: ‘Oh my god, and it turned out not to be congestive heart failure ... ‘

    No, it’s lung cancer that’s spread.

    Letterman: That’s tough.

    Well it means you better get your dry cleaning done on special.

    Letterman: To me, you look and seem remarkably healthy.

    Well don’t be fooled. Don’t be fooled by cosmetics.

    Letterman: How do you feel?

    I don’t feel as bad as they say I am. So that’s a good deal.

    They certainly don’t discourage you from doing whatever you want?

    How is the work now, living with this diagnosis?

    I’m working harder. I mean, you put more value on every minute. You do live. I mean I always thought I did that, I always enjoyed myself, but it’s more valuable now. You’re reminded to enjoy every sandwich, and every minute playing with the guys, and being with the kids and everything.
     
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    no reason at all. Would you rather I didn’t? If so, why?

    And once again, regardless of nomenclature it isn’t free.
     
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    On a side note - when I had my initial visit with my current PCP we spent the first 10 minutes of my appointment talking about Ozzy Osborne. My doc has an Ozzy tattoo!
     
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    A GP/PCP and an annual physical can save your life. If not for your own sake, than for that of your loved ones. The truth of the matter is none of us even know if we'll draw our next breath. An ounce of prevention and all that. Had a friend who hated doctors, he started feeling bad, kept putting off a doctor visit for months. He finally went and was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and died a few months later. An annual exam might very well have saved him.
     
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    There's just the matter of the horse pills.

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