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 ....


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

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

  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??

  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.

  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.

  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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