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Old 08-20-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I'm posting this with my tongue in cheek, but with a wee bit of seriousness, too.

Just had a wellness check-up, Medicare variety, from my NP (nurse practioner)

Was asked and/or offered tests for colon, breasts, bones, etc. Vaccines for various ailments. I ended up feeling I was parceled out like chicken parts in the meat section...no questions about overall aches, pains, diet, nutrition, quality of sleep, amount of exercise and such.

I know I am the total sum of my parts, but gee whiz, I am also a living, breathing organism whose health and well-being are greatly influenced by lifestyle. And a physical exam can show swelling, sore points, etc.

Never once was I examined in a hands-on kind of way -- except for being cuffed for blood pressure. Just asked verbally lots of questions. Remember the good old days -- when doctors actually touched you? Am I weird? I think the technology side of medicine, while terrific diagnostic tools, should be coupled with healing hands-on, too.

Or is my NP different from your doc?
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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I'm posting this with my tongue in cheek, but with a wee bit of seriousness, too.

Just had a wellness check-up, Medicare variety, from my NP (nurse practioner)

Was asked and/or offered tests for colon, breasts, bones, etc. Vaccines for various ailments. I ended up feeling I was parceled out like chicken parts in the meat section...no questions about overall aches, pains, diet, nutrition, quality of sleep, amount of exercise and such.

I know I am the total sum of my parts, but gee whiz, I am also a living, breathing organism whose health and well-being are greatly influenced by lifestyle. And a physical exam can show swelling, sore points, etc.

Never once was I examined in a hands-on kind of way -- except for being cuffed for blood pressure. Just asked verbally lots of questions. Remember the good old days -- when doctors actually touched you? Am I weird? I think the technology side of medicine, while terrific diagnostic tools, should be coupled with healing hands-on, too.

Or is my NP different from your doc?
You're not weird, all those tests they suggested make them moola. I listen to an MD on weekends and he is a medical doctor who has become very holistic/alternative in his years of being a doctor. He does PRP and Stem Cells and talks about his HANDS tell him so so much. How many doctors touch us unless you are under their knife... I post in Alt Med about my saturday MD programs that I listen to and even call in.

Now ALL doctors are doing their work for moola, but think about how some make their moola. No one works for charity. My best MD's are the integrative MD's I've bee seeing.

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Old 08-20-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I'm getting ready to drop my doctor, because she sits in front of her computer, and asks me questions of which the answers are in my records. But apparently, she doesn't have my records up on the screen if she has to keep asking them over and over again.

I have an appointment at the end of October (which will be my last one), and when she starts asking questions, I'm just going to tell her that nothing has changed, and the answers are in my records.

She's also been pushing injections on me for bone density, and doesn't want to take no for an answer, but she's going to get a surprise, because the minute she starts talking about injections, I'm walking out the door.

I'll find a new doctor that accepts my insurance and Medicare, and start with him/her after the first of the year.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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I never go and don't even have my very own doctor. You just gave all my reasons why not. "Free Medicare Wellness" exam isn't free at all. These people and labs aren't getting paid? I've had Medicare for almost 4 years now. Don't use it even for so called "freebies".

What is the point if all you are going to do is just say NO to every dumb test they want to do? Moved, just walk out. They cannot force this on you if you don't want it.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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Never once was I examined in a hands-on kind of way -- except for being cuffed for blood pressure. Just asked verbally lots of questions. Remember the good old days -- when doctors actually touched you? Am I weird? I think the technology side of medicine, while terrific diagnostic tools, should be coupled with healing hands-on, too.

Or is my NP different from your doc?
During my wellness exam, my doctor took my BP, listened to my heart and lungs, looked in my ears and in my mouth, did all the regular stuff I've had done in every physical exam I've ever had. Maybe she's a better doctor than some.

The review of systems, the questions they ask, gives them the information they need to look for other problems. The labs also give information about other potential problems. I don't have a problem with that at all, that's how they keep an eye on me.

I do remember, back in the day, having one doctor instead of multiple referrals to different doctors. It seemed so much simpler then. I do occasionally fret over the sheer number of doctor visits I have to get every year, when one used to do it all, but I know that specialists are a good thing to have overall.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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Oh things have GREATLY CHANGED, our family doctor when I was born, delivered me at home and she saw us for whatever needed to be seen. It's called the Modern Medicine explosion.

What they say about all these replacement surgeries, it's an assembly line.

Of course, there are mega millions more people in the world.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I never go and don't even have my very own doctor. You just gave all my reasons why not. "Free Medicare Wellness" exam isn't free at all. These people and labs aren't getting paid? I've had Medicare for almost 4 years now. Don't use it even for so called "freebies".

What is the point if all you are going to do is just say NO to every dumb test they want to do? Moved, just walk out. They cannot force this on you if you don't want it.
She's not pushing tests on me, she's pushing some of injections for bone density, and and of course she can't force anything on me, she just doesn't want to take no for an answer. Interestingly enough, she wasn't like this two years ago. The only reason I'm keeping this appointment is because I don't have the time to research out another doctor right now, But this is the end, I'll find another one.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I agree with oldgardener. My PCP is very thorough during my annual exam. I see her every 3 .months and some visits are less intense as she is just checking certain things. I love her! Very personable, younger than me, originally went to med school in India but trained at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In fact, 4 of my docs are Indian but i picked them based on their training and professional associations . Just happens they are Indian. Of course, I live in the Dallas area so it is quite cosmopolitan .
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:12 PM
 
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I see my integrative MD once a year, and sometimes go back to go over labs if I have questions. It all depends on ailments one deals with in their lives. What I just went thru with the knee staph infection was a horrid mess and probably 15 doctors saw me thru all the hospital/rehab experiences...enough to last me for a couple more lives. And they didn't get the right diagnosis for 2.5 months after I landed in the ER and then to rehabs....

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Old 08-20-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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Oh things have GREATLY CHANGED, our family doctor when I was born, delivered me at home and she saw us for whatever needed to be seen. It's called the Modern Medicine explosion.

What they say about all these replacement surgeries, it's an assembly line.

Of course, there are mega millions more people in the world.
Tell me about it. When I turned 10 and got my period, I could not longer even go to a Pediatrician because I was now considered a woman, not a child. That more or less ended routine now called "wellness" exams. I only went to a doctor, as did my parents, when I was actually sick. Schools did not require yearly physicals or 50 odd vaccinations until HS graduation. It started to change my own kids were young 30+ years ago, but nothing like today.

Preventive Medicine keeps repeat customers, and billions of dollars, from cradle to grave.
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