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Old 12-15-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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I've been looking to relocate to Idaho. Have been looking at Boise and its surround areas but wonder about Idaho Falls since it is a smaller town which may be more to my liking. As a retiree accessible health care is a big concern. Could someone tell me what the health care is like there? Is it hard to find a doctor? As a retiree accessible health care is a big concern. I am not looking for a political discussion but worry about the effects of obamacare on health care availability.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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Idaho would likely be listed in the "normal" range. By that I mean, health care is still offered by most employers, or atleast partial cost, by most employers, except with those who have few employees. Doctors are not a problem here, as many doctors prefer medium to smaller markets. Idaho is not a problem area for health insurance. Yet. I am concerned about the future, but as you requested, will not get into the politics of it all.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. I truly share your concerns for the future. But I am wondering about health care for retirees. Are there good hospitals there?
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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Yes. Eastern Idaho Medical Center, better known at EIRMC is tops in East Idaho. Excellent facility.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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Thanks again, I appreciate it.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Default It depends on your needs...

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I've been looking to relocate to Idaho. Have been looking at Boise and its surround areas but wonder about Idaho Falls since it is a smaller town which may be more to my liking. As a retiree accessible health care is a big concern. Could someone tell me what the health care is like there? Is it hard to find a doctor? As a retiree accessible health care is a big concern. I am not looking for a political discussion but worry about the effects of obamacare on health care availability.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Hi Binkus,

Here is the bottom line....if you have cardiac or Pulmonary problems at your current location, talk to your doctor (s) about the elevation. That doesn't mean great cardiologists and pulmonary docs aren't available, it means being wise about what puts less strain on your cardiopulmonary systems.

If you see a lot of sub-specialists, you may have to travel to see some. Idaho Falls has every major subspecialty, but not all physicians have open practices. There is constant recruitment, but certain medical specialties don't generate the income that those who do procedures, or interventional cardiology etc. and surgery do. As the inpatient hospitalitist service has grown, there has been some drain of local I.M.'s but they are staffed now so straight outpt. I.M.s are being recruited.

Send me a PM if you want if you wonder about a specific specialty. If you are primarily managed on few meds and are fairly healthy you should be fine. It will be forever difficult to get enough rheumatologists and endocrologists. There are some but they have full practices. Idaho Falls competes with every other city who needs those specialties. Patients come from many states too see endocrinology.

I'd encourage you to talk to your current doctor (s) about your biggest medical needs and ask for referrals.

EIRMC was just re - certified as a Trauma II hospital this summer with only five findings from the ACS. Only St. A's in Boise got certified again as a Trauma II hospital. For those who say it doesn't matter my question is how many professionals respond on a Trauma as part of a Trauma or Code? It costs a lot to keep all the staff at the level of training they must perform.

Good luck making your decision

MSR

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Old 12-17-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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MSR = Thanks so very much!
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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MSR = Thanks so very much!
You're welcome. I hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season

MSR
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:53 AM
 
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After just moving here recently our experience with doctors and hospitals in area have been outstanding. We're from back east where we had great access to Boston/Hartford, etc., but we have been most pleased with the care here thus far. My husband had a heart attack the same day we closed on our house here, one major factor being the elevation change, so I would concur with MSR's earlier post to check with your doctor first. We were told it's a very common problem with people coming from other areas even just for a visit. As far as access for retirees, without being political, what is known today and normal practices here today can change drastically after 1/1/14. Obviously you're probably not moving here before than, so just keep an ear out next year for what's changing, but in all likelihood it would change where you are too. Good luck!
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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ATVwife, thanks for the info. Sorry to hear your hubby had a heart attack but glad hear your hubby had good care. I do have to sell my home before I can make a move so I will be watching next year to see what happens with health care. One of my fears is that I'm established where I live now and would have to find new doctors, and of course worry that that could be a real problem in the future. But as you said, no one knows what's going to happen. I just don't think that whatever is going to happen will be for the better.

Merry Christmas to you all!
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