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Old 03-30-2012, 04:32 PM
Location: NW Montana
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I need a shrink and my wife often says I'm being childish. Does that help?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:17 PM
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One thing you have to consider, is in Montana so much is integrated here in the Medical field. Example: Billing Clinic is the biggest medical provider in the Billings area. They have a huge hospital, along St Vincent and are the principal medical facilities for 4 states, and Southern Canada. They keep two twin engine turbo prop airplanes and a helicopter to bring patients to Billings. Not only that, they have medical clinics in the other towns around that are ran by Billings clinic. They have large staffs at the hospital and their clinics surrounding the hospital of specialists. They refer the patients between the clinics and the hospital's specialists. They are leaders in the electronic linking of all the doctors and hospital.

You go to a specialist in Billings, and they pull you records up from any office, hospital, or lab. They also manage smaller community hospitals. At this time their latest is being built in Columbus Mt, to replace the old Billings Clinic building and the hospital, integrating it into one beautiful new building they are building. Their staffs stay a long time. At the Columbus unit, the doctors have been there for 20 years or so as clinic employees. They have several satellite clinic offices around Billings, where they have doctors and labs and specialists. Their own oxygen department handles oxygen and equipment of different types around the whole region.

There have similar situations in other parts of the state, in all the towns of any size. Unless you have an unusual specialty, you may find it hard to get patients referred to you, as the people are used to working with their own doctors, and those specialists in the same system.

It is something you may want to check out, before you make a move.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:38 PM
Location: SW Montana
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Originally Posted by montygarlic View Post
I need a shrink and my wife often says I'm being childish. Does that help?
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:33 PM
Location: North Dakota
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I'm a physician currently looking at relocating either to Northern Idaho or Western Montana. I'm also looking to potentially run a small bison ranch on the side having come from that background. My specialty is such that I'm going to need to be located near a reasonably large sized city but specialized enough and under-represented enough that people would drive to me. We as a family love cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking/camping, and pretty much any outdoor acitivity, and hence it doesn't get much better than what life offers in Montana and Idaho.

I'm looking for a good, wholesome place to raise a family. I believe that's largely a factor of having a loving home and what goes on behind your own four walls, but if I had my way, I'd be a lot more happy raising my family in an area that's not full of liberal activists (with requisite "Coexist" bumper stickers on the Subaru and matching body odor). I'm more of a live-off-the-land but show up on church on Sunday kind of guy who enjoys a good book, a good beer/wine, and conversation and maybe some offroading.

From my initial impressions, I get the impression that I'm looking more at:

Coeur d'Alene > Sandpoint > Kalispell / Whitefish / Columbia Falls > Helena > Bozeman >>>>> Missoula.

I'm looking to make a move into the mountains, which is why I haven't included Billings in the list.

Does that sound reasonably accurate? I realize there's plenty of diverse views in any of these places, and I'm sure there's reasonable folks in Missoula--though just enough of the trustafarians and bum-a-farians to make my skin crawl.
Bozeman is crawling with trustafarians. That was one reason I was glad to leave that town after college. I personally did not like the culture in western Montana at all. If I was to live there again I would actually choose Billings, but Helena might be a second choice. My problem with Helena is that my ex lives there. I can't speak for Idaho.
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