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Old 04-15-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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I know insurance is not the issue, more likely the Saratoga and surrounding area do not have adequate providers. I can call my NJ primary and they will ask what time can I get there. So many times I drive 3 hours; better than waiting three weeks. It just is frustrating, because the couple of times I went to Wilton Medical building, they kept INSISTING I needed a primary in the area. We go to Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights NJ. They have every type of doctor and facilities to any testing, imaging, etc. It's one stop shopping and for us, worth the trip. I have met people who go to SMG from Europe for all their medical needs!
SMG sounds similar to this place here in the Syracuse area: North Medical - The Leading Comprehensive Primary Care Practice in CNY

Here's another place, but I'm not too sure about it: FamilyCare Medical Group, PC - Medical Center West - 5700 W Genesee St. Suite 109n Camillus , NY 13031 FamilyCare Medical Group CNY
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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Thanks, but unfortunately, like the one we signed up with, Greenwich Family Medical, there is limited doctors. Most recently I called with leg pain and was given an appointment for three weeks. Called ortho in Albany and will go this week. Very frustrating!
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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I only have major problems getting established with specialists in Albany County--many won't even take new patients. We have all the specialists but not enough for the number of people. Albany County seems to have enough gynos and internists, etc. but you may get stuck with an NP but the ones I have been to have been pretty good.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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I only have major problems getting established with specialists in Albany County--many won't even take new patients. We have all the specialists but not enough for the number of people. Albany County seems to have enough gynos and internists, etc. but you may get stuck with an NP but the ones I have been to have been pretty good.
I originally had some difficulty finding someone accepting new patients, but after I did find one, you can't get an appointment until at least 3 weeks. Rather than deal with a health issue for a couple of weeks I go to NJ, at least the doctor will give you an appointment within a day or two. I don't understand their criteria for being seen immediately i.e. cold, sore throat, pain. It's easier to go to the Wilton Medical and sit for a couple hours at times. I just don't get why I need a Primary doctor when I can never see him. I might as well continue going to the clinic but they keep pushing I need a primary here.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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I agree it is hard to get an appt. for weeks if you have a job--if you have a flexible schedule and can get out of work more easily than it is much easier. I don't like the short hours at the doctors here. I often go to urgent care.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:54 AM
 
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I agree it is hard to get an appt. for weeks if you have a job--if you have a flexible schedule and can get out of work more easily than it is much easier. I don't like the short hours at the doctors here. I often go to urgent care.
I'm retired and still can't get an appointment for three weeks. I, like you, will forget about the "primary" and continue to go to urgent care. What Urgent Care do you go to?
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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I typically go to Newton Urgent Care on Central because it is a few blocks from me. You might be able to get in with this dr. for primary care. Dr. Lev Barats, MD - Internist, General Practitioner - Albany, NY - Internal Medicine
I went to them once and it was very short wait and I got an appointment within a week. I didn't see the dr.--I saw an NP but she seemed quite good.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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Default Just some observations from someone who moved here.

These are MY opinions. They are not meant to inflame or get anyone angry. Just my observations.


This area is not HORRIBLE but it's not wonderful either.

I've been here a year. We moved here because my spouse got a job as someone associated with the medical field. He lost his job in January. He was fired. He worked for a local hospital.

He's got a decent resume and experience (but no degree) in several areas. He's had one interview since January.

He looks and tries all day to find anything he can do but there are very few middle of the rung jobs here.

All his resumes go in the black hole and he doesn't get any calls, except rip off agencies who just want to hook him on their books.

The pay is not very good, either. You see a lot of people wind up in retail or just hang around on unemployment or assistance.

The only people who I see working steadily are those for the state or hooked into some college teaching job. Or people in tech, I assume.

Did I mention for every other job the pay is very, very low? I happened to be in Rite Aid one day and a girl was talking to her coworker saying she was working there 3 years and still made less than 9 dollars an hour.

Doctors:

As far as the doctors, I agree. What attitudes EVERY doctor's office has when I call for anything. At one point we lost our insurance so finding a doctor for my son was a nightmare of one nasty receptionist on the phone to another.

No, we have no appointments. No we can't see you. No, no. It will be weeks and weeks IF you have insurance. No insurance. No, we don't take cash. I don't care what so and so said last week, we don't.

Had to go to Emergency Walk In Care. They were nice but acted like we were scummy. I'm not, I just don't have insurance.

Another time I needed a doctor and HAD insurance. They wanted to send me for tests. They only had openings in TROY somewhere for 3 hours a day. I could not go, they don't have hours after 3.

WTF? No doctors after 3? What??? No one works after 5? Weird. Annoying.

The People:

And, I am sorry to say this, a lot of professional people here have attitudes. They are nice to your face but the way they say things is **** you. People you deal in a service capacity seem very curt. (office people/agency people).

But in stores, most are nice. Friendly. Helpful.

Oh, and too many people smoke here. I don't think they realize this is killing them. (and those around them). If I see another SMOKE shop, I will scream.

Close down places that encourage kids to smoke!

The crime in Albany, Troy seems scary. Some of the places are bad and look like the South Bronx.

I hate going to Albany to do anything. It seem very menacing wherever you go in the city. I read the news and someone is always getting shot or there is some serious crime there or in Troy EVERY day.


The Good:

Shopping is good here. Some great prices on groceries (it is competitive with Aldi, Super Walmart).

Also if you have kids on the autism spectrum there are many things for them to do and you can join specific activities and schools for them.

I wish everyone well, but it looks like we'll be leaving as soon as we get jobs in a more prosperous area. It's too bad. I like NY.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:09 AM
 
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This area is not HORRIBLE but it's not wonderful either.
I certainly understand your frustration with the area. I'm sorry your husband has lost his job, but, unfortunately, the economy is terrible in many states. Until the economy improves unemployment will continue to remain high.

Although we are in Saratoga, I have had good experience with Northeast Orthopedics in Albany and the Hand Therapy group down there.

I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a place to live that will make things easier for you.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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These are MY opinions. They are not meant to inflame or get anyone angry. Just my observations.


This area is not HORRIBLE but it's not wonderful either.

I've been here a year. We moved here because my spouse got a job as someone associated with the medical field. He lost his job in January. He was fired. He worked for a local hospital.

He's got a decent resume and experience (but no degree) in several areas. He's had one interview since January.

He looks and tries all day to find anything he can do but there are very few middle of the rung jobs here.

All his resumes go in the black hole and he doesn't get any calls, except rip off agencies who just want to hook him on their books.

The pay is not very good, either. You see a lot of people wind up in retail or just hang around on unemployment or assistance.

The only people who I see working steadily are those for the state or hooked into some college teaching job. Or people in tech, I assume.

Did I mention for every other job the pay is very, very low? I happened to be in Rite Aid one day and a girl was talking to her coworker saying she was working there 3 years and still made less than 9 dollars an hour.

Doctors:

As far as the doctors, I agree. What attitudes EVERY doctor's office has when I call for anything. At one point we lost our insurance so finding a doctor for my son was a nightmare of one nasty receptionist on the phone to another.

No, we have no appointments. No we can't see you. No, no. It will be weeks and weeks IF you have insurance. No insurance. No, we don't take cash. I don't care what so and so said last week, we don't.

Had to go to Emergency Walk In Care. They were nice but acted like we were scummy. I'm not, I just don't have insurance.

Another time I needed a doctor and HAD insurance. They wanted to send me for tests. They only had openings in TROY somewhere for 3 hours a day. I could not go, they don't have hours after 3.

WTF? No doctors after 3? What??? No one works after 5? Weird. Annoying.

The People:

And, I am sorry to say this, a lot of professional people here have attitudes. They are nice to your face but the way they say things is **** you. People you deal in a service capacity seem very curt. (office people/agency people).

But in stores, most are nice. Friendly. Helpful.

Oh, and too many people smoke here. I don't think they realize this is killing them. (and those around them). If I see another SMOKE shop, I will scream.

Close down places that encourage kids to smoke!

The crime in Albany, Troy seems scary. Some of the places are bad and look like the South Bronx.

I hate going to Albany to do anything. It seem very menacing wherever you go in the city. I read the news and someone is always getting shot or there is some serious crime there or in Troy EVERY day.


The Good:

Shopping is good here. Some great prices on groceries (it is competitive with Aldi, Super Walmart).

Also if you have kids on the autism spectrum there are many things for them to do and you can join specific activities and schools for them.

I wish everyone well, but it looks like we'll be leaving as soon as we get jobs in a more prosperous area. It's too bad. I like NY.
Maybe he can find something here: New York State Hospital Profile It lists all of the hospitals in the state and perhaps he can find something in another part fo the state. This is another website that may help as well: Central New York Jobs
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