I have an HMO. My doc and med group left so I was transferred to the only group left in my area. I have high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and chronic pain issues. The absolute soonest I can get in for a new patient physical is over 2 weeks away OR I can go to urgent care and wait for at least 3-4 hours. If I wait for my appointment I will be w/o bp & thyroid meds for more than a week. Not to mention dealing with my pain with only advil. Once I am seen it will take 2-4 weeks to get referred and an appt with my pain doc.
I am on the fence about UHC but am not sure how it could be much worse. I also used to work for a large HMO and know this type of situation is par for the course.
Answer by amileegirl at 5:38 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:06 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
I already have review boards deciding if I should have treatment based on a number of factors. Age is sometimes one of them.
Answer by Friday at 1:12 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Idk, that's a good question. I really don't see how it could be much worse. I'm not exactly against UHC as long as there is still private coverage for those who can afford it. But I guess we don't really know what it would be like until it would be implemented. Things always seem to sound better in theory than they end up being in practice (HMO's are a good example of that). When I was on Medicaid for a little while it was no different from an HMO. I had to wait for what seemed like forever for an appt and I felt like a number and not a person.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 1:21 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Answer by smalltowngal at 1:22 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Anon :17...being without bp meds or synthroid is serious stuff. I have to deal with those issues as well and once went nearly two weeks without synthroid because I couldn't get in to see my doctor soon enough. I was so fatigued that I could hardly move my body. My TSH was over 50 by the time I saw my doctor and then it took a couple weeks for the meds to kick in. It's no fun.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 1:24 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:31 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Anon, my doc didn't leave the area, they left my ins as MANY docs are leaving HMOs because of poor reimbursement rates. He's not the first doc I've had that has cancelled their contract. There are plenty of doctors in my area but none will accept my HMO.
Are you a doc to diagnose me online? High BP can lead to strokes, low thyroid can lead to severe fatigue and weight gain which will aggravate my BP.
Finding a job with better coverage is unlikely. Dh is looking but there isn't much here.
Answer by Friday at 1:32 PM on Apr. 15, 2009
Next question overall
Would you divorce your husband of 5yrs if he punched your guys child?