Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Diagnosis: Broken

When I last saw my doctor, he suggested that I get a second opinion from a specialist.  That made sense to me, so I started looking for a specialist.  I wanted to find someone who's in-network for my insurance plan and not too far from home.

You'd think that would be easy, right?

'Frustration' photo (c) 2010, Andrew Mccluskey - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The doctor who seems most qualified is out of network.  I knew that before I wasted a phone call.

At the first office I called, the phone just rang and rang.

The second office had an answering machine, at least.  I left a message.

At the next office, a live person answered and told me that they don't accept commercial insurance.

The next place wouldn't take me unless I was going to continue treatment with them.  They don't do consultations.

The next doctor I considered has either retired or moved.  Either way, his office is closed.

I think something is wrong with this system!  We have decent health insurance, yet I can't seem to get even an appointment with a specialist! If you're looking for me on Tuesday, I'll be on the phone ....

6 comments :

  1. Sheesh! Good luck Melissa, I hope you get an appointment soon!

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  2. we recently ran into the same thing....

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  3. oh boy! I need to thank the Lord for the insurance we have then because with ours (MVP Select Care) we can go anywhere and don't even need referrals!! I have been seeing a chiropractor for 9 visits now and have several more to go and they always approve it. I get 30 visits per calender year and 240 PT visits. Maybe you should think about switching insurance companies??

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  4. How incredibly frustrating!! My brother and his girl had some frustrating medical issues to work through lately - when the medical field just wasn't working for them.

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  5. This is nothing new to me, but definately hard to work around. I cannot find a decent really human, regular doctor. They have these quirks like Rx-ing the wrong prescription... and I HAVE to tell them it's wrong. I want a Dr. I can trust without having to CHECK their work! UG.
    My great Dr. went to place they take NO insurance at all. I cannot afford the care there.

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  6. Things like this really annoy me...
    Like, we have insurance, but I still get ridiculous bills? What is the point? or... they will refer me to go somewhere... who then doesn't take my insurance...
    hope you get the treatment you need.

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