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Finding a new PCP

Mar 24, 2015 9:45 PM

I need to find a new pcp, but I have been seeing the same Dr for 16 years. I have no idea how to find a good one. Do you all wait until you have a problem that needs addressed then make an appointment with the new potential Dr? Or make a consultation type appointment and interview the potential Dr before you have a problem? If so does insurance usually cover a consultation type appointment? Just wondering how you all would approach this...

Mar 24, 2015 10:27 PM

Depends on your insurance but it should cover that! I would see one before a problem arises so they can meet you. Maybe go in for a physical? Your insurance should def cover that!

Mar 25, 2015 2:12 AM

I would def do research online to see what others say about the dr before making an appointment. If you have fibro see a rheumatolologist Don't wait though. If a dr is not helping you it is time to move on

Mar 25, 2015 7:03 AM

I'm doing the same thing Horns... I totally understand the questions you have, it's a weird thing to me to be doctor shopping. I have been going to the same pcp for 25 years as well as him caring for my children. He totally dropped the ball on me this year. He has treated me for esophageal spasms that entire time yet waited until this past summer to refer me for an endoscopy. So apparently those many years of spasms were masking or part of the process of the cells changing and now full blown Barrett's esophagus. There were some other serious issues this summer that he also didn't follow up on. Then my last appt with him a couple months back he dismissed a few symptoms, was sarcastic, rude and again has not followed through with some blood work results.
I'm never going back to him, and I met a new doc yesterday and I'm not sure I'm going to gel with her. But I ended up there for a crisis the day/night before and for my situation I did paperwork then rather than next week when my new patient appt was. have another appt to establish care next week but I think I would rather try one of her office colleagues.
I feel stuck! Like I have to go to the same new one but would rather not.
Good Luck and I hope your transition is a good and affirming one for you.

Mar 25, 2015 7:09 AM

You need to have an appointment to "establish" care. Most doctors won't see you for an immediate problem until care is established. Insurance should cover it. You will go over health history and any concerns you have.
I find new doctors by recommendation of people I work with or friends.

Mar 25, 2015 7:38 AM

All of us middle age & older ladies are in the same boat together. Our doctors of 2+ decades (mine is 25) are too old school and closed minded. They're stuck in the training of "give the woman a sugar pull and shell stop complaining, or tell her its in her head." They are not open to new findings period!

I'm due my physical for this year, and my plan is to wait until I do my follow up with my PCP, then start new. I want to keep things smooth while getting my records. He's going to blow a gasket when he finds out (or if) I have an appt with an endocrinologist! Lol. If that doctor is attentive then she may be my PCP because she's an internal med doc too.

Let your insurance pay for a yearly physical. If you don't like the doc, then look elsewhere. Good luck & God bless on finding the right one, to all who are looking! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Mar 25, 2015 8:02 AM

Aliya, this is my crazy day yesterday: I called a couple weeks ago to make an appointment to establish care. I called made the appointment, hung up and went directly to my calendar an wrote it down 3/24/15. I thought it odd I didn't receive a call day before yesterday but was too bat shit crazy with anxiety that I easily dismissed it. I had a blood pressure incident the day before so I was extra "off". I showed up yesterday only to a confused reception. My establish care appt is scheduled for the 31st. The internal med doc had an open slot in an hour and I explained my issue of being over an hour away and I truly thought the night before I was going to end up with a stroke or something. They allowed me to see her and because of some ever increasing anxiety I am having bad short term memory problems. I just don't know if I was comfortable with her but she got me on Buspirone. The hospital in town has control of virtually every doctor there so she was able to access my records in the same system.

Mar 25, 2015 8:04 AM

Horns I hope you have better luck than meπŸ‘

Mar 25, 2015 10:43 AM

Hi everyone I would call my insurance and get them to give you a list of Dr's in the area you live in. If your insurances is like mine and my husband's not every Dr will take it. It is very frustrating when you call and they tell you they don't take your insurance and have to drive 80 to 120 miles from home to see a Dr. Then I would go by and try to talk to some of the patients that are waiting and ask them questions about how they like the Dr.

Mar 25, 2015 11:49 AM

Definitely look for board certified doctors... For some reason, in my experience, they are more willing to go the extra mile!!!

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

Oregonhomestead, I hate that happened to you. But you aren't alone. I've done the same or similar more times than I care to remember. The neuropsychologist said its because I'm too stressed having too many issues & doctors to deal with. Another doc says its the fibro fog. Whatever it is, its a horrible feeling to feel so out of control with your mind. I'm thinking about you and praying for you! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Mar 25, 2015 7:19 PM

Thank you Flap, I think I may have tuned into one now (hope, pray, dance, whatever it takes) a friend of mine gave me the name today and they are sending me paperwork. I cancelled the one for next week and am hoping I am comfortable with the upcoming one. I'll be driving about an hour and a half which means I'm going to have to head there about 2.5 hours before any appointments so I can get out and rest my back a few times but if she's all they say she is it will be worth it!

Mar 25, 2015 8:24 PM

That's great Oregon will pray that she will be the one

Mar 26, 2015 7:52 PM

Well, to top off the frustration of trying to find a new doctor, I have been hit with changing insurance. The insurance part is really a good thing, but more than my foggy brain can handle at the moment. Choosing between 3 plans, trying to make sure my good doctors are on their list and trying to find a new pcp.... Brain meltdown. Luckily the deadline is a ways off so I have some time to sort through it all.

Mar 26, 2015 8:02 PM

Oh Hornsholdmyhalo, I hated that same situation when we had it last fall. We actually ended up going to an HMO and paying much more just to have better choices of docs, specifically 3 I needed that weren't on the other plan. Take your time so you don't stress as much. Good hunting and blessed findings on your choice! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

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