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Old 06-29-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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It is a business, but telling a patient "return when you get new insurance" is pretty heartless, imo.

You're right. And, if it wasn't so damn hard to find a GOOD doctor I may have switched. But, I stuck it out and went back when I had insurance again. I remember once when I was sick and needed an ultrasound for uterus polyps and it cost me $900.00. That was without insurance. I work for a hospital in NJ now so my healthcare is free as long as I stay within the hospitals network.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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belle, as you work in a hospital, and mentioned what you pay/ don't pay as a worker, I thought I could mention that.

I was mostly surprised with healthcare services in South America.

Basically, once you pay premiums, you are good. No deductible, no out-of-pocket, no copays, no limit to expenses, nothing.

The amount one pays every month depends according to the services you choose (high end hospitals - or not - mainly), but never according to any condition you might have. When you buy any health insurance policy, you cannot be asked questions about your health at all.

It was quite surprising.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Canada
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lisalan, in short words, what is healthcare like, in general, in Canada? I have heard terrific/terrible things about it... as a Canadian, how would you rate it on a simple evaluation?

Its hard to say Miaiam. Its almost impossible to find a family Dr. or pediatrician accepting new patients. Its great that we don't have to pay for major operations like you do in the US. For us its covered by OHIP. We also don't pay for Dr's visits. If something is not covered by OHIP your employer covers it though insurance for you.
There are however long waits for MRI and cat scans etc.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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If you need something quickly, do you have to wait or you have the option to pay and have it done quicker?

Do you need referrals for everything or you can just choose a specialist and make an appointment? In some places, you don't need the family doctor "blessing" to go see any specialist.

I don't want a family doctor to see me when I know I am just wasting time bc only the specialist has the knowledge to tell me what to do. The family doctor is great for other health issues, but for specific ones I need a specialist, and going to the family doctor to hear him/her tell me this is just one more appointment that will not help.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Canada
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If you need something quickly, do you have to wait or you have the option to pay and have it done quicker?

Do you need referrals for everything or you can just choose a specialist and make an appointment? In some places, you don't need the family doctor "blessing" to go see any specialist.

I don't want a family doctor to see me when I know I am just wasting time bc only the specialist has the knowledge to tell me what to do. The family doctor is great for other health issues, but for specific ones I need a specialist, and going to the family doctor to hear him/her tell me this is just one more appointment that will not help.
if you have several hundred dollars then you can find a private place to get an mri and get it done quickly. To see specialists you need a referral.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Why does it take me going to the 4 differnet Dr's before one is competent enought to diagnose that both my kids have ear and throat infections???? I am so pi$$ed off.
Also, I brought my daughter. to the Dr for a follow up visit for bowel issues. I decided to bring my 8 month old along as she was coughing and had a fever. My regular pediatrician was away but they work in the same office. So after checking my daughter I politley ask if he can have a quick look at my 8 month old. She didn't have an appointment. Well he says : "No, I'm all alone today and I have a medical student here. Bring her to a clinic tonight! "He then leaves and doesn't even tell me when to bring my daughter back in for the bowel issues. Could he not have been a little less rude? My mom came with me and both of us were like.
So then I had to drag my poor 8 month old and 2 1/2 year old to another Dr. They both have ear and throat infections and need antibiotics. The first Dr. checked my 2 1/2 year old and said she was FINE.

Thanks for letting me vent. I feel like its all about money these days. Why be a pediatrician if you can't stand kids????
Sorry to inform folks of this but if you think it is bad now........wait.....untill Obama/Pelosi/Reed Care kicks in
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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Thanks, lisalan. I have heard so much about the Canadian health system and wondered about some of its details.

It just surprises me that some people think doctors are semi-gods... I have the highest respect for all professionals, and I see a doctor as any other one. Not bc it is a doctor he/she is a know-it-all.

One sees so many malpractice cases on a daily basis that, not being skeptical and not looking for a second opinion, especially when a major health issue comes up, is something I don't understand.

Many people feel they should do as the doctor says, no questions asked. I feel it is my health and I am entitled to ask as many questions as I would like. If it is a good doctor he will understand that, and besides he is not working for free at all, let's face it.
If I am not happy, I just get my medical records and move on.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Finding a good Dr. is like finding a needle in a haystack. I have the best OB/GYN EVER. I called their office freaking out once because I had an unlplanned pregnancy and was on class c meds so I had the secretary ask if they were ok to take. He knew how worried I was and he actually called me back at HOME to reassure me. He answers all of my questions ,never once makes me feel stupid for asking them, genuinely cares about people and asks ME if I have any questions before I go. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge and I trust him 100% percent.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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Doctors quality are as different has nay other profession as for example mechnaics.My view is that a family doctors does mineor healthcare and is your guide to when a specaist is needed and help you get a specailist he knows is a good one as even they vary.It reminds me of what my dcotor said about surgeaons ;you want one that does that type of surgery all the time ;not justonce a moth.I alos thnik that clinics where youdon't have a history can be pretty bad except for very obvious things.Its alos likiely that the best are drwn to larger cities with the best facilties as far as specailist or groups of specailist.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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I think a good doctor is an oxymoron.
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