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    Does anyone here use a geriatrician as their primary care doctor? I guess I qualify age wise, and I am so dissatisfied with my primary care doctor. Does anyone go to a geriatrician, and what has been your experience?

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    My mother looked into one but didn't like that they come to your house. She prefers to go to the doctor's office and not worry if her house is not neat and clean enough (in her mind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    My mother looked into one but didn't like that they come to your house. She prefers to go to the doctor's office and not worry if her house is not neat and clean enough (in her mind).
    Ooh, I didn't realize they come to your house--that would not appeal to me, either.

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    Not all geriatricians do! My MIL went to one, and he was just like any other family practice doctor, only he talked like Mr. Rogers to his patients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Not all geriatricians do! My MIL went to one, and he was just like any other family practice doctor, only he talked like Mr. Rogers to his patients.
    That might be good or not so good,I guess. I realize I dislike my current doctor so much that I don't want to go to her or talk to her or have her anywhere near me, so I have to find another.

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    Tybee, we are in the same situation. Really dislike our primary care doctor and her NP is not much better. I feel more like she is being pressured to meet some statistical measure instead of listening to the patients. They both have issues with the electronic record keeping needs and we have few if any issues. Husband gets clearly different instructions from his cardiologist.

    Mom's doctor is not good either. She was having issues with losing old friends (happens a lot when you are 90) and the doctor wanted her on Xanax. Way way out of line.

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    Don't know that I want to go to the doctor again. They now ask you if you are vaxxed against covid, enter a code in your electronic medical record that follows you everywhere with your vax status so the government can track you, and bill your insurance for vax counseling.

    Yes, they do want to track you if you live in Massachusetts.

    https://www.bostonherald.com/2022/11...-lawsuit-says/

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    How far is your nearest teaching hospital? There may be more of a choice of doctors near an academic center, at least a choice of good ones. If you don't have to go to the doctor much, it might be worth it to travel. If you got sick, you'd have to go to the hospital anyway, and your doctor would be there.

    Count me among those who are not happy with their local family practitioners. sweetana, at least your husband has a cardiologist. I can't even get my NP to refer me to one. (I don't even have an MD because there's only one up here). My next step is to just start going into Burlington for check-ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    How far is your nearest teaching hospital? There may be more of a choice of doctors near an academic center, at least a choice of good ones. If you don't have to go to the doctor much, it might be worth it to travel. If you got sick, you'd have to go to the hospital anyway, and your doctor would be there.

    Count me among those who are not happy with their local family practitioners. sweetana, at least your husband has a cardiologist. I can't even get my NP to refer me to one. (I don't even have an MD because there's only one up here). My next step is to just start going into Burlington for check-ups.
    Catherine, were you the person who whose physician didnít order a standard blood panel annually? Is that true or did I dream that?

    I just had an annual doctorís visit this week and Iím fine with my direct care physicianís practice. I havenít seen the actual doctor in two years. I deal with her nurse practitioners. I COULD make an appointment with her if it was important to me, but itís not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Catherine, were you the person who whose physician didnít order a standard blood panel annually? Is that true or did I dream that?
    Yup, that's me. They ration out the blood tests as if you were asking for that last sip of water on a lifeboat. I have been here 5 years and have yet to get a complete CBC. All I've gotten is two lipid panels and a couple of random tests like a Vitamin D eat and something else.
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