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Old 12-30-2017, 10:33 AM
 
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Having lived in Montrose, I would advise against anyone moving there, even as a retiree.

Residents are very closed-off and it was impossible for me to build any kind of a social circle. Outsiders are treated as such - it was a very awkward situation since most natives have no concept of what life is like outside of Montrose county.

I've always leaned right, but the town was WAY too conservative for me. Housing prices are inflated, and job opportunities are sparse. Dining and retail options are limited - you'll have to drive an hour to Grand Junction for a decent selection. On top of that, health care is an issue - the local hospital has a bad reputation and good primary care physicians are hard to find.
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Old 12-30-2017, 03:19 PM
 
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The issue of healthcare in the western slope has come in several threads -- mainly regarding Grand Junction, etc.

My question is: what about the hospital in Durango? Could it/does it address the healthcare concerns of those who live in the southern part of the western slope?

I have no personal experience with it, but I did know an anesthesiologist who worked at the hospital in the distant past (early 1990s?). At some point, her anesthesia group got cut out, and though she stayed in Durango and got work elsewhere (locum tenens, IIRC), several of the other anesthesiologists were so fed up that sought work elsewhere, with at least one moving to Albuquerque.

Of course, this story had nothing to do with the quality of the hospital -- just disagreement over contract.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:57 PM
 
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The hospital in Durango, as far as I know, is about a three-hour drive and even if you don't take hair-raising 550, the passes can still be blocked by snow. I think it's got a fairly good reputation.

My retired friend, the late Pat, started her Colorado life as an adult and parent in Montrose, moved up to Ridgway for many years, and then back to Montrose for health reasons. She advise me absolutely against retiring to Montrose, saying that people were very close-minded and she found it frustrating and boring, even though she was familiar with the town and knew the people.

The health care for her COPD and her daughter's cancer seemed fine. Her son's collapsed lung (x3) had to be treated in Denver, rather, he was flown to Denver at some serious point.
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Somewhere Out West
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Having lived in Montrose, I would advise against anyone moving there, even as a retiree.

Residents are very closed-off and it was impossible for me to build any kind of a social circle. Outsiders are treated as such - it was a very awkward situation since most natives have no concept of what life is like outside of Montrose county.

I've always leaned right, but the town was WAY too conservative for me. Housing prices are inflated, and job opportunities are sparse. Dining and retail options are limited - you'll have to drive an hour to Grand Junction for a decent selection. On top of that, health care is an issue - the local hospital has a bad reputation and good primary care physicians are hard to find.
I agree with most of what you say except about the hospital. It is actually quite decent, one of the top 20 rural hospitals for care in the U.S. No you won't get the same level of expertise that you would in a larger center, but with it being the first stop for trauma accidents on the ski slopes and the go to stop for the life flight helicopter from Durango, to Utah, to Gunnison it does a decent job.

I've had parishioners go there for care, and only once did I have to intervene to get them a step up from what they were receiving.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:37 AM
 
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The issue of healthcare in the western slope has come in several threads -- mainly regarding Grand Junction, etc.

My question is: what about the hospital in Durango? Could it/does it address the healthcare concerns of those who live in the southern part of the western slope?


It is fine. Mercy has changed ownership a few times over the years but usually remains a Catholic hospital. It is currently owned by Centura Health which owns quite a few hospitals in Colorado. Centura has bought up most of the local practices in Durango over the years and has several locations providing lab work, PT, and then does have most specialities available. Ortho options are quite good actually. Considering all the other hospitals nearby, Cortez or even Farmington, Mercy is where I would always suggest people go. People want to live in Durango so they are able to get good medical professionals that apply for positions. It isn't easy to get in as a medical provider here and the pay is actually much less then other areas because there is often is someone else willing to take less pay to live here. We know quite a few medical professionals in the area and almost all will say they took a pay cut to live here but they were willing to for the quality of life. We've known several doctors over the years that moved to Durango, took a job in Farmington, commuted, and bided their time until they could get a job in Durango where they really wanted to be. Others live here and always commute to Farmington or even Shiprock where the pay is better but they don't want to live there.


Head injuries, things of that nature, are often routed to St Mary's in Grand Junction because they can handle a higher level of trauma as they are a larger hospital. Or sent up to Denver, for extreme cases. It isn't uncommon to hear of car accident victims who are extremely critical to be Life Flighted to Denver. It would be similar to that of big cities were they would route them to a hospital that specializes in that particular issue, only here it has to be across the state. Routine pediatric care is fine here, specialists in pediatrics of course will be found at Children's Hospital Colorado so cancer pediatric patients are sent up there or premature babies. I have a special needs child and while we can do some of his procedures and care here, he also has numerous specialists at the Children's Hospital and we travel up and knock out several appointments in a day or two. The local docs are all used to collaborating with specialists in Denver and other places. For most people though, the care here will be fine, have breast cancer as an adult, have a baby, did a hip replaced, all routine care is just fine here, get into the very specialized departments though, pediatric neurosurgeon, and you will be traveling.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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If a MedFlight is in a real emergency, does insurance/Medicare/etc. pay for it? Or do you need a special rider or something?
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:10 PM
 
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My understanding is that med-flights MAY be covered if ordered by doctor as ONLY option to deliver needed care in time. But insurance or Medicare often disagrees and you get stuck or have to battle on it. Lots of internet stories of $10-50,000 charges not covered by insurance. There is separate private coverage available for med-flights. Not sure on price or value. I am not offering advice what to do. Just reporting what I see.


If you make a discretionary call or ground transportation is deemed possible and you fly, you'll be stuck with it. Even if approved, you may get stuck with part of it (above what they'll pay on the bill).

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Old 12-31-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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My understanding is that med-flights MAY be covered if ordered by doctor as ONLY option to deliver needed care in time. But insurance or Medicare often disagrees and you get stuck or have to battle on it. Lots of internet stories of $10-50,000 charges not covered by insurance. There is separate private coverage available for med-flights. Not sure on price or value. I am not offering advice what to do. Just reporting what I see.

If you make a discretionary call or ground transportation is deemed possible and you fly, you'll be stuck with it. Even if approved, you may get stuck with part of it (above what they'll pay on the bill).
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Thank you. I will look into private coverage.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Jobs are scarce and pay low, rent is unreasonably high, and there's a lot of trash and druggies. I'll move if someone gives me $1,500.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Park County
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Does Delta fall into the "trash and druggies" category as well? It's been 8 years since I lived in Ouray County (Log Hill Mesa), and the Montrose comments are very surprising.
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