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Old 08-07-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Buxton, NC
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I am 66, a veteran, and only have Medicare (if that) and no other means for payment for services. I think I am learning quickly that I can find a doctor that will see me only if I go a great distance to an urban center. I have not seen a doctor for 6 years or so and probably need prostrate and a few other things checked out.

I think I am figuring out that an awful lot of people will be denied services under the new health care bill. If so small problems end up killing you, the average lifetime figures begin to go down, and the skim of the elderly brings down expenses so that illegal aliens can punch out more children.

I hope to find I have read this wrong. I live on the lower outer banks of NC.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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Healtheast (now Vidant) in Avon takes Medicare, as does the Health Dept. office in Buxton. If it's a specialist you're looking for, you're going to have to travel like everyone else. It's Buxton, not Norfolk.

You can call the Adult Services office at DCDSS at 475-5500 to get more info on specialists in the area who take Medicare patients, or if you have any special needs which might require an in-home aide, or help with any Medicare casework.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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I can't imagine that there are too many doctors on the Outer Banks in general...? And you've had no luck at all finding any of them to take a new Medicare patient?
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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Lower Outer Banks? Hatteras? Ocracoke? Morehead City?

Going off what box_of said, Healtheast also has a facility in Hatteras, IIRC. The number is possibly (252) 986-2756. The one in Avon is 252-995-3073.

I would also call the Dare County Department of Public Health, assuming you are there. It is 252.475.5003, in Manteo or 252.475.9320 in Frisco.

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I think I am figuring out that an awful lot of people will be denied services under the new health care bill. If so small problems end up killing you, the average lifetime figures begin to go down, and the skim of the elderly brings down expenses so that illegal aliens can punch out more children.
Is completely wrong. I'll pass over the bigoted stuff. The health care bill is designed to get you into a primary care doctor, so they can take care of your issues. As opposed to you having a massive heart attack and being lifeflighted to Greenville or Norfolk. This law will hopefully get more docs in these rural places.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: in a house
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"...The health care bill is designed to get you into a primary care doctor..." or a Family Nurse Practitioner or a PA-C
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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"I'll pass over the bigoted stuff"

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Old 08-08-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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"...The health care bill is designed to get you into a primary care doctor..." or a Family Nurse Practitioner or a PA-C
Frankly, I much prefer to see the PA-C or the Family Nurse Practitioner at my doctor's office. It's not to say he's a bad doctor, I just think the other two, especially the Family Nurse Practitioner, are much better listeners.

I guess this post didn't help the OP one bit.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:32 PM
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I have had some real hotties that were PA's. I will take them ANYTIME.

A nurse practioner saved my life...I see them in a minute, too.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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"...The health care bill is designed to get you into a primary care doctor..." or a Family Nurse Practitioner or a PA-C
Yes. They want to increase them as well. The whole primary care field.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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"I'll pass over the bigoted stuff"

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If so small problems end up killing you, the average lifetime figures begin to go down, and the skim of the elderly brings down expenses so that illegal aliens can punch out more children.
If illegal aliens can punch out more children isn't a statement filled with hatred and intolerance, then I am not sure what is. But that is off topic.
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