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I am limited to the doctors in the INOVA medical system unless I travel outside of northern Virginia or as you say pay for some other doctor somewhere that I somehow pick. This is the largest hospital network in the area and the top rated one. These were the best appointments they could offer.

 

I have no way to evaluate the costs of the delays other than to trust the doctors that refer me. They made no recomendations for me to look outside, but in our medical system I suspect they are not permitted to do that.

 

The bottom line is I can disregard the recommendations of my doctors and look elsewhere and hope that I am doing the right thing by ignore the professional's advice.

 

Our system is broken, maybe this means we need a single payer system so there is no "outside" versus "inside".

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I am assuming that you have some OTHER type of insurance than "traditional" Medicare since under traditional Medicare you could have called any specialist Doctor that accepts assignment of Medicare.  Actually you could have even gone outside of these Medicare accepting specialist (those which accept Medicare assignment) if you were willing to pick up some of the cost.

 

And if you are covered by Medicaid, be thankful that any specialist will see you because Medicaid pays them such a very low amount for their services.  

 

Sounds like you have some sort of a network plan where you need a referral from your primary doc to a specialist who is also within the network.  If so, if the plan has lots of people and the network is small, especially with specialist, and if these same doc's work with lots of different insurance plans where similar rules apply, then it seems that it is a factor of supply and demand.

 

We get what we pay for - imagine what it would be under a single payer system because we do have a shortage of doc's, especially of the primary care variety, in this country compared to the rest of the world.  

 

Hope you get better soon.

 

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I live outside of Washington DC in Virgnia. There are great medical facilities and doctors here, but ...

even with them, there is a shortage of service. I recently had an infection that lead to a hearing problem. My internist sent me to see an ENT for the hearing problem. The backlog of appointments took 6 weeks for me to get in. The ENT told me that had I been in in the first 4 weeks the problem could have been fixed with medication. Now I am looking at hearing aids, likely because of the delay to get service. I had a different problem that needed physical therapy. The delay for that is 8 weeks. While I am waiting, I have meds to control the pain and that works but I wonder if this will turn out similar to my hearing problem.

 

Every doctor I see seems to be very good at what they do. It is not the service or its quality that is a problem.

 

Acess delayed = Access denied!

 

Shortages matter.

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I think making it affordable is as important as accessible. We can legalize marjiuana, I wish we could legalize antibiotics! Wouldn't it be great if we could get a refund if the doctor was wrong? Just a thought.

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No. I live in the greater Chicago area. But I don't know what the millions do that live in more rural areas that I might travel to, but don't live in.


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Do you worry you do not have enough access to medical services?

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