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Old 01-04-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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My wife an I are retired and are thinking about relocating to Naples. We have Medadvantage. Our concern is availability of quality health care in the Naples area. Any comments regarding the quality of care, wait time for appointment, wait in the waiting room, etc, would be appreciated.

Thank you all in advance.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:38 AM
 
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I sometimes think there are more doctors in the Naples area than there are non-medical residents
I doubt you will have any problem with either the availability or the quality of the medical services.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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Did you search for providers that accept that?
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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RMD3819:

I have not checked any provider in Naples, hoping that this forum could answer my general question. Even if a provider accepts Medicare Advantage (Medadvantage) it says nothing about the quality of care, wait times, etc. We checked available health insurance plans in Collier County which were rather limited as compared to where we live now. But our metro area/county has a much bigger population than Naples/Collier.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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Well I'll give you my perspective when my mother was alive.

She had Humana which overall was good. Although it ultimately worked out, her doctor kept trimming down which Humana plans he would accept. Fortunately he kept the one she was on. If she would have needed to switch doctors I suspect it would have been a mess.

Quality and wait times were always OK with this one office. Overall I think you'll find that BUT you must establish yourself BEFORE you need services. Wait times will always be longer in the winter no matter who you see.

What I would be concerned with is finding a provider that accepts that insurance AND is accepting new patients.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:20 PM
 
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RMD3819:

Many thanks for advice. We are concerned as well. Plan B might be "concierge medicine" but that is rather pricey in Naples. About twice what it costs where we live (I have a retired friend who uses concierge).
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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We moved to Naples last June from Boston and in November I got the flu, our Doctor who is affiliated with NCH never returned my phone call for days and then proscribed an antibiotic over the phone. Weeks went by and I finally got in to see a nurse practitioner who did apologize. The last few days, I've been waiting for test feedback from a cardiologist, also affiliated with NCH…nothing. I don't know what to think, is this because of the season or is the healthcare in Naples suboptimal all year round? I think we will look into doing our annuals up at Mass General and only do the little things here. It is worth the flight back to get responsive healthcare professionals. In fairness, they might be slammed right now. For $1800/month already, one nurse suggested we sign up for concierge care. That would chew up the difference in property taxes that we save here, so right now it doesn't seem like the move was worth it financially.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:07 PM
 
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We moved to Naples last June from Boston and in November I got the flu, our Doctor who is affiliated with NCH never returned my phone call for days and then proscribed an antibiotic over the phone. Weeks went by and I finally got in to see a nurse practitioner who did apologize. The last few days, I've been waiting for test feedback from a cardiologist, also affiliated with NCH…nothing. I don't know what to think, is this because of the season or is the healthcare in Naples suboptimal all year round? I think we will look into doing our annuals up at Mass General and only do the little things here. It is worth the flight back to get responsive healthcare professionals. In fairness, they might be slammed right now. For $1800/month already, one nurse suggested we sign up for concierge care. That would chew up the difference in property taxes that we save here, so right now it doesn't seem like the move was worth it financially.
A few questions-
Have you seen this doctor before?
You saw a NP weeks later-was it for the flu or something else?

Everyone is slammed this time of year. I do not think healthcare is suboptimal in Naples.

A walk in clinic is your best bet for minor things unless you can see your primary doc on short notice which is unlikely this time of year.
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