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Old 10-04-2013, 10:48 PM
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I'm 30 years old and disabled (occasionally use a wheelchair & it's surprising how anti-wheelchair accessible some places can be) with an undiagnosed mystery medical condition. Where I currently lives is one of the worst places to be in such a situation and after years after trying to find an answer I've decided it's time to move (family has kept me here so far). I'm just trying to find the best place. I'm unable to work so I live on SSI and SSDI so I'd like to find a place that's affordable, decent weather, easy transportation (I don't have a car), preferably a smaller town, and of course a town with good medical care. I've been doing some research and looking around but I thought I'd post here and see if anyone had any suggestions.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:53 PM
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Minnesota, Massachusetts, etc. Places that embrace Obamacare AND have top-notch hospitals.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:19 AM
Location: classified
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Houston has the Texas Medical Center which is the largest concentration of hospitals in the world and also has the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center which was ranked as the ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the US. While public transit in the city isn't great in general (at least compared with Boston, NYC, etc), the area is served by a light rail line which is being expanded (in addition to two new light rail lines which should open next year) and there are several bus routes that run pretty frequently. Houston has pretty mild winters as well although summers are pretty brutal with the humidity and all.

Likewise you may want to look into Baltimore (home of John Hopkins Hospital), Cleveland (home of the Cleveland Clinic) or Rochester, Minnesota (home of the Mayo Clinic).
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:52 AM
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I would very highly recommend college towns that have university-affiliated teaching hospitals. Some examples that provide top flight medical care, affordability, milder weather and good public transportation (as well as being disability-friendly) are:

Durham, NC
Visitors Main | Durham, NC
Transportation Options - Duke University Hospital - DukeHealth.org

Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau
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Druid Hills, GA (technically in Atlanta but in a quiet, suburban area)
Druid Hills, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Emory University Hospital | Atlanta, GA | Emory Healthcare
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:06 AM
Location: Indiana
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I would recommend St. Louis as well. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is one of the best hospitals in the country and it is easy to get to even though it is in the city. Even if you want to live in the burbs or a smaller city a little further out there is literally a sea of hospitals in the metro area.

Living in metro Stl, I have 3 hospitals within 10 miles of my home. When I lived in metro Atlanta, I had 1 hospital within 10 miles and if you had to go during rush hour you better hope they send a chopper to get you.

If healthcare is your main concern, I would skip the South and concentrate on the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic/Midwest/West coast.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:17 AM
Location: London, UK
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All of the cities with excellent public transportation are expensive and not in small towns, so that would be an issue off the bat. The recommendations are good thus far (Houston, Chapel Hill and Durham) but all have drawbacks. The main drawback is that both Texas and NC were unable to form their own Healthcare exchanges and defaulted to the Federally operated exchanges. The issue with that is that you would not be able to take advantage of many of the subsidies offered to states that formed their own exchanges.

Massachusetts on the other hand has operated their own exchanges since 2006 and had the most generous subsidies in the country under their state run insurance (Mass Health) Now under the new Affordable Healthcare act the State has received further subsidies and plans on using them to expand Mass Health coverage further, cementing it as the most generous in the nation. Now the drawbacks. The Boston area is expensive, one of the most expensive in the country and the weather sucks in the winter. You could possibly find a town on the commuter rail outside of Boston. Many of the large Harvard affiliated Healthcare systems (BWH, MGH, BI, Dana Farber, etc.) do have outpatient care clinics in the suburbs, so you could possibly conduct most of your care in your town and just have to go into Boston for major procedures.

No where is going to be perfect, there are plusses and minuses to them all considering your situation.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:43 AM
Location: Limbo
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Rochester, MN?

~200k people with an excellent hospital (Mayo Clinic) right in the middle, but less than ideal in the winter.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:50 AM
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University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester NY is pretty good, with nationally ranked specialties. There are some solid neighborhoods close by too. University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY
Best Hospitals in New York - US News Best Hospitals

Upper Mt. Hope Neighborhood
Upper Mount Hope - Rochester Wiki

Highland Park Neighborhood Association | "The Finest and Healthiest Part of The City"
Highland Park Neighborhood - Rochester Wiki

Swillburg - Rochester Wiki
Welcome to Swillburg! | The Swillburg neighborhood is a cozy, active, triangular shaped 20 block community located in Rochester, New York.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:00 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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You do not need "top notch medical care" -- that is reserved for foreign heads of state who come here with their private retinues. If you were across the street from a hospital with top notch medical care, you wouldn't even get a sniff of it. You'd still see the same internes and trainees in the ER and the same nurses on the floors, unless you were a poster patient they wanted to make an example of. The best doctor in the world can have an office across the street, but he will never hear of your case.

You need adequate, broad-based medical care, with reasonably comprehensive hospitals and specialists of all medical disciplines. Most cities with over 100,000 have that.

The "best place to live" for medical care is not the closest place to Mayo, but the place where you have reasonable access to the level of affordable care that ordinary citizens need and expect. Being in a "top notch" hospital might result, for one patient out of 50 or 100, in a significantly better outcome than being in an average hospital.

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Old 10-05-2013, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
Being in a "top notch" hospital might result, for one patient out of 50 or 100, in a significantly better outcome than being in an average hospital.
Sorry but having distinct familiarity with situations like the OP's, that can't be any further from the truth. Top-notch Teaching/Research Hospitals are and will continue to be the best options for those with undiagnosed symptoms or care that hasn't yielded results in more conventional settings.
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