Monday, February 24, 2020

Two and a half years...

There are many things that I really miss about living in a rural community.

Finally got my health insurance sorted, and now have a mandatory deduction for medicare prescription coverage that I didn't sign up for in the beginning. I didn't sign up for it because I didn't need it! I didn't and don't have any prescriptions! It just chaps my hide that they get away with this.

Anyway, today I setup an appointment for a physical with my new doctor. The doctor is part of a large group, and so far I'm just a number here. 
I need to take my medical records with me for the first appointment.  Dialed my old doc's office in Red Bluff.  Mind you I haven't seen doc in two and a half years. Doc answers the phone. I start to say my name, no need. He recognizes my voice, calls me by name, says how are you doing in Washington state? Asks what he can do for me?  
"I need my records mailed up to me, please."
"The girls are gone for the day, give them a call in the morning, and they will get them to you." "Now, how are you doing up there?"
We chatted for a bit and ended with Doc saying it was good to hear from me. 
I'm trying to think that the new city doc will live up to the standard that came before him.  But, two and a half years... 

18 comments:

  1. Sigh, probably not, but at least they will be responsive and get the paperwork moving!

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  2. We kinda went the opposite way, Brig. Back in Lost Angeleez we were just numbers, but here the Doctor's office staff and all the pharmacy workers know us by name, along with most of the grocery clerks at the stores we frequent.

    We'd only been here a few weeks, and my wife was floored when the grocery clerk remembered her!

    Greatly prefer living here compared to that loonie bin in SoCal.....

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    1. It has been an adjustment to come from where pretty much everyone knows you, to being just a number.

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  3. Round these arts I'm recognized often and referred to as, "Colleen's brother".

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  4. Wow that is something. I bet it is hard to find a new doctor when you had one like that.

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    1. I'm going to remain hopeful til they prove otherwise.

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  5. Wudda stayed in Red Bluff, if no other reason, just fer the doc; you ain't gonna find another like him.

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    1. I was needed up here, and the cost of living in Cali was too high.

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  6. Love living in a rural area.

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  7. It's all becoming very impersonal at this end. I had a great doctor until a few years ago. Then ObamaCare forced her to go with a huge network in Reno from her private practice in Incline Village. I went with a local here in Truckee. They acted big city, so I went back to my Lady Doc. She's tough to get a hold of, but at least I know her.

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  8. Oh boy...I hope your experience exceeds your expectations. There are some advantages to a city doctor: more networking, more specialists,a more women doctors. That's all I have ever known. There is something quite romantic about the notion of the old country doctor. Sounds as if you had one of those wonderful ones.

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    1. All the rural docs we have had over the years have been good ones. Going to think positive about the city doc until or unless he proves wrong going forward...

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  9. I love my doctor too. I doubt he'd recognize my voice. We had a country doctor who lived in Lake Oswego and had built his own office. He was that type.

    I tend to go 2 years without seeing my current doctor until I get a notice that my prescriptions need me to see him to keep getting filled and I do have some. Mostly now it's wellness visits which don't take long.

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    1. Not really expecting to get the same level of care. This will be my first wellness visit, so I'll see how it goes.

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