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Old 11-20-2008, 12:45 PM
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I've done the search and it scares me, frankly. We are looking to purchase a home in Kingsport and are in our late 60s with medical issues.

Question: Can anyone, please, give us specific names of Doctors who will accept Medicare and Blue Cross in the Kingsport area? We are specifically looking for an Internist.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:46 PM
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Here is the website for Holston Medical Group.
Holston Medical Group - The Best Medicine > Home

I have been here seven months and I have Medicare and BCBS and could not find a doctor that would accept me for several months. In desperation I contacted a government agency, (not naming), and they contacted a provider who accepted me, but initially had denied me. Since then I have been treated three times and each time I was assigned a different doctor. I just asked to be seen and was given an appointment one month later. I am very unhappy with the medical care I have received here.
I also had an issue with an eye facility, (not naming), over a prescription and because they failed to follow proper procedure for my insurer I ended up paying full price. In searching for a doctor I went to various providers offices and was told that they were accepting Medicare patients, with the exception of two providers who said they were not, and asked to fill out an application. After complying I waited a week or two only to call and find the same answer, "the doctor is declining to treat you." When I asked why, I was told the doctor never gives a reason.
I decided to lease before buying and I am sure glad I did. At the end of my lease I will be leaving Kingsport mainly because of the medical issue. I wish you luck in your search and suggest you consider Johnson City. I stopped at the Johnson City Medical Center and they seemed very willing to help but because of the distance I did not pursue their offer.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:55 PM
Location: Gray, TN
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I have BCBS of TN and have never had problems in JC or Bristol. My wife was even easily referred to an internist for a heart thing that luckily turned out to be nothing.

You may want to work through your employer or through BCBS. They should be experts at this, lol.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:15 PM
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I have BCBS of Texas and have never had a problem just calling and making an appointment with any Dr. I went through a few before we found one we liked. But I have never been asked to fill out an application. Then again my Doc is in JC. However my parents are always referred to Specialists in Kingsport and have never had a problem with a Dr. seeing them or accepting their insurance which is a Medicaid, private insurer combo. Then again their primary is in Rogersville. Maybe it is just a pcp in Kingsport issue? I don't know.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:35 PM
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mb, I have BCBS of TX also since my husband is a retired government employee from there! I have never heard of an MD (PCP) not taking a patient unless it was an insurance or other extenuating circumstance (ie litigious, belligerent, etc.). My family are in Kingsport and they don't have any issues at all with healthcare. My brother was actually fluctuated between TennCare, self pay and Medicare and never had a problem finding and keeping doctors.

I think the OP should check the BCBS website for providers names and contact info.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:12 PM
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When I came to Kingsport I applied to several Medical facilities. Only two told me they were not accepting Medicare patients. One office, under Holston Medical, was forced into taking me as I complained to a local government agency. I had previously applied at that office and received a letter of denial as I had received from many other Kingsport facilities. This Medical group asked me why I hadn’t applied to them before and I showed them their letter of denial. They told me they didn’t understand why they initially denied me.
However, as SmokyMtnGal suggests perhaps there were extenuating circumstances. The only history I had with any of the medical offices I applied to was to walk in and ask if they were accepting patients. Their impression of me would have been based on those few words, or perhaps I didn’t speak with a southern accent, or maybe I spoke with a Hispanic accent, or maybe it was my skin color. What was that within those few words and moment in time caused those medical facilities to deny me treatment?
IMO, medical services in Kingsport is the worst I have seen in any state I have lived in and that includes, DE, PA, NC, and SC. The facility that was forced to take me has moved me from doctor to doctor. In asking for a recent appointment I was given one over thirty days from the day I called. I was told if it was urgent to go to an ER. In other states a medical facility would assign one doctor to me and I only saw another doctor when my doctor was not available. I have never waited a month or more to see a GP. Failure to handle a prescription properly should be basic but not here in Kingsport, resulting in my paying full price for an expensive prescription.
If you are considering Kingsport for relocation, especially if you have Medicare, I suggest you investigate the medical care here before moving.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:33 PM
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I will tell you this: My ob-gyn just told me that due to new legislation and reimbursement decreases that she (her group) is considering not taking on any new medicare patients in the future. She is devastated to have to possibly turn folks away but that they have to remain fiscally viable. Of course, we all understand that we can't have our jobs cost us more than we are bringing in. What a sorry state of affairs. I do think that this will certainly become a national problem and not just applicable to any one town.
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