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Old 12-06-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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New Doctor - Ha-bloody-ha!

My doctor in Hyde has retired so I have signed up with a practice in Marple where I now live. (NB Over here you go to the General Practitioner/Family Doctor as the first port of call and then you are referred if necessary to the specialist department at the hospital).

Went for first visit to new Doctor yesterday. Nothing serious - just a repeat prescription for my gastric reflux and advice on my foot which is causing shoe problems (16 year olds may look glam and trendy on a hot summers day wearing sheepskin boots with a cotton frock but at my age you just look slightly mad.)

Doctor was about fourteen years old and didn't look further than my silver hair. Started going on about me being on the verge of a "serious" age change. Eh? What? Apparently, in February next I will be 65 and I will instantly start falling apart at the seams. In order to fend this off I need 'flu and pneumonia vaccinations IMMEDIATELY. If I didn't have them NOW I will DIE. I discovered how seriously he was taking this when I took the prescription to the pharmacist and discovered he'd only given me 4 weeks tablets. I've always had 8 weeks-worth in the past. Perhaps I'd better start putting my affairs in order.

He wasn't the least interested in my foot (which hurts and I can only wear my sheepskin boots or my wellingtons). Just burbled on about dangerous operations and danger of scarring (on my foot - who cares?) and DEATH! The fact that I'm going to have to walk round on it for the next 30 years didn't seem to be important.

I can see I'm going to have my work cut out in training this one! I deliberately went wearing (clean) riding breeches, etc., so he wouldn't write me off as just another senile old bat who is going to be a drain on resources but I got the distinct impression that he was mentally measuring me up for my coffin!

Come out of retirement, Dr Proctor, PLEASE! (He always treated me like an intelligent woman.)
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Finding a good doctor is so hard.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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Oh my! You have my sympathy. Here when you turn 65, (if you are on Medicare) you can go to any doctor you want and you don't need any referrals for specialists. We also have Medicaid which pays for anything that Medicare doesn't. Or the balance of what Medicare received. Medicare never pays the full amount of what a doctor charges.

The day I turned 65, my phone rang all day cancelling all my appointments. My Blue Cross/Blue Shield private insurance was cancelled automatically on my birthday. All the doctors wanted to make sure my Medicare had kicked in. So I had to make all new appointments for the following months. What a PITA! With the health care organization I am with now, EVERTHING is taken care of for me and I have no worries about any medicines or procedures I may need. The make all my appointments, provide all my medicines, provide all transportation to and from appointments, etc. Good luck in training your new doctor. Make list of what you want to talk to him about and have it in your hand. That is if you can stay alive that long. Should I be shopping for a black dress?
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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Oh my! You have my sympathy. Here when you turn 65, (if you are on Medicare) you can go to any doctor you want and you don't need any referrals for specialists. We also have Medicaid which pays for anything that Medicare doesn't. Or the balance of what Medicare received. Medicare never pays the full amount of what a doctor charges.

The day I turned 65, my phone rang all day cancelling all my appointments. My Blue Cross/Blue Shield private insurance was cancelled automatically on my birthday. All the doctors wanted to make sure my Medicare had kicked in. So I had to make all new appointments for the following months. What a PITA! With the health care organization I am with now, EVERTHING is taken care of for me and I have no worries about any medicines or procedures I may need. The make all my appointments, provide all my medicines, provide all transportation to and from appointments, etc. Good luck in training your new doctor. Make list of what you want to talk to him about and have it in your hand. That is if you can stay alive that long. Should I be shopping for a black dress?
Addy, your health care may be free to you, but it's not the case for everyone over 65 in this country, and that needs to be made very clear. Most of us on Medicare either pay out of pocket for what it doesn't cover, or pay for supplemental insurance to cover what's not included in Medicare. I wouldn't want for you to give anyone who doesn't live in this country the impression that everyone over the age of 65 receives all your benefits free of charge because it's just not so.

MC, I so agree about how young doctors seem to be these days. I'm reminded of what Erma Bombeck said in one of her books..."I'm looking for a doctor older than my cookie sheets".
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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Is he the only doctor you can see there? Maybe someone else would be a better fit.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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Addy, your health care may be free to you, but it's not the case for everyone over 65 in this country, and that needs to be made very clear. Most of us on Medicare either pay out of pocket for what it doesn't cover, or pay for supplemental insurance to cover what's not included in Medicare. I wouldn't want for you to give anyone who doesn't live in this country the impression that everyone over the age of 65 receives all your benefits free of charge because it's just not so.

MC, I so agree about how young doctors seem to be these days. I'm reminded of what Erma Bombeck said in one of her books..."I'm looking for a doctor older than my cookie sheets".
Kayelle, you know how you have plan A,B on your Medicare card and Plan D is for your prescriptions. I have Plan C. It is the plan that patients in nursing homes have. But it also is for the elderly that don't need nursing homes and is designed to keep the patient in their own home as long as possible. Yet I have seen many of the patients in my own situation that eventually had to leave their home for extended care in a facility that give 24 hour care. Some are returned to their home with extended care of a housekeeper, meals on wheels, and other services. But that is not the norm. Most do not return to their home. And it is always a last resort.

It was not my intention to say that everyone has free care.
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I'm glad you expanded on that Addie, but you began before by saying "Here when you turn 65", which certainly sounded like all your benefits you described are free for anyone over 65 yrs.
Again, thanks for making it clear this time.
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What I think is that we all wish we had our best health. And when we need a medical service, we prefer we have the best qualified and knowledgeable care possible.

Mad, I don't think I quite understand if this is the only physician available to you or within a reasonable distance. I think one of the advantages you have is being able to look over the tops of your glasses, shake that head of silver hair you have and then bring out your best smile and with your most patient aura you can transmit, start training him. Consider your first visit is just a start, and hopefully he will listen to you in the future.
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I'm glad you expanded on that Addie, but you began before by saying "Here when you turn 65", which certainly sounded like all your benefits you described are free for anyone over 65 yrs.
Again, thanks for making it clear this time.
Reading back over my original post, I can see where you are coming from. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

There are folks here in the elderly housing that have to pay exorbitant amount of out of pocket money for their medications. I was talking to one today that was going to pick up her meds and had to make sure she had the $85 for her co-pay. I have suggested to several residents that they apply for Medicaid or assistance from the pharmaceutical company. A couple have done just that and got a lot of help that they didn't know existed.

I don't know how it came about, but it seems I am the "go to" person for information in this building. Why aren't the doctors and medical pros telling their patients about the services and help that are out there?

There are only two on us in the building that have computers. The other person only knows how to play games on his. So when anyone wants information I look it up for them and print it out. No wonder I like to hide in my apartment. It is quiet and peaceful in here.
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