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2015-09-18 01:20:02.664498+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Healthcare: biz won't take payment at their standard hourly rate so that you can interview them to see if you want to be a regular customer

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#Comment Re: Healthcare made: 2015-09-22 10:34:08.331927+00 by: DaveP

I still think that one of the important things about a primary is which system that doctor is in. That will control where referrals for specialists will go, and if your primary is in a stinky system (as mine is), even if you love the primary (I think mine is great), you may end up looking for a different primary in order to escape to a better system.

And what system is good is something that can be discerned from reviews on the internet a lot more easily than which doctor is good. But switching primary doctors within a multi-doctor clinic is generally easier than switching clinics, so I think my approach as I search for a new primary will be to find a clinic that's in a system I like, and take whatever doctor is available in that clinic. And if that doc doesn't work out, I'll try a different doctor in the same clinic.

#Comment Re: Healthcare made: 2015-09-21 14:58:31.285021+00 by: Dan Lyke

In this case, Charlene was wanting to interview a potential new Primary Care Physician. Called their office, office said they were accepting new patients, Charlene said she wanted to buy some Q&A time at whatever their office rate was, they said "no".

So apparently the only way to do this is to rely on 3rd party evaluations somehow, or sign up for the plan for the year and try to gain information that way.

#Comment Re: Healthcare made: 2015-09-21 12:50:14.26721+00 by: DaveP

I've got a decent primary care doc. Unfortunately, the system she's in stinks pretty badly, so almost always when I need to go to a specialist, I'm heading out of her system, which complicates things. I'll probably end up switching primary care docs because of it.

That said, the times I have gone out doctor-shopping on my own, I've had pretty good luck. I know some fairly senior (old) people who work health-care, plus, the internet actually has pretty good information on doctors if you dig enough to find it. You have to realize that 90% of people love their care, even if it was crap, because they survived.

And then there are people who seem surprised that their afternoon appointment ended up being a half-hour late and give negative reviews for that.

Filter that sort of stuff out, and it's still possible to get some information about a doctor / practice.

#Comment Re: Healthcare made: 2015-09-21 00:25:25.712129+00 by: meuon

Yeah.. an it's hard to find a decent general practice doc..