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Old 02-24-2014, 09:57 AM
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There may be very specific concerns or specialties for individuals to keep in mind, but when you're finding a doc from scratch, the list of doctors at Kaiser in this area might as well be limitless. It's dozens and dozens for GP and major specialties.

FYI, here's the list (without the details) from Consumer Reports. KP of Northern California is among the highest-ranked.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:34 PM
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^^^ I've learned to take Consumer Reports with a grain of salt. The really good & more valid info is in the consumer area of the CR online forums, but this requires a paid subscription. The consumer reviews frequently conflict with the "official" CR recommendations.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:22 PM
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I've had both and while there were things I liked about Kaiser I will never choose that option if a PPO is available. Good things about Kaiser is that it is medicine for the masses. They are great will general health stuff, you will get your preventative care done very well. What is not so great is if you're not the average patient. I've had back surgery, knee surgery, and am now prone to flare ups of difficult to treat tendonitis which is complicated by my continuing back issues. Over the course of 20 years I have found 2 really great specialists. I was in the care of one who had solved some difficult issues for me when I was transferred to Kaiser. They refused to provide any referrals and insisted on my seeing my primary care doctor exclusively and would not refer me to a PMR doc. I had a couple of primary care docs at Kaiser and generally felt they were fine for primary care. When it came to the specialty care I needed they weren't on all of the new medications, transferred me off of things that worked on to drugs they were more familiar with but had worse side effects then wouldn't change me back. One PCP was pretty good steriod injections for my hip but couldn't hold a candle to my previous ortho.I've been in and out of physical therapy for years and have experienced them all from good to bad. Kaiser didn't even rate on the "bad" scale, it was a joke AND it took weeks to get an appointment.

I am a health care lawyer and have a family of health care providers and have heard the worst horror stories about Kaiser, in two of those cases only the fact that the patients were physicians who were willing to second guess Kaiser then fight with the insurance company saved them from very bad outcomes.

At the same time I've met a lot of relatively health people that really like Kaiser.

I have Anthem Blue Cross PPO and really like it. I have my choice of physicians and never have to worry about whether the doctor I want to see is in network or not, because on my plan, the in network list is huge. Since I'm always in network I am not worried about Anthem's payment times The only time you might have to worry about an out of netowrk doctor is when hosptials contract with groups that are out of network. That happened to me once with an ER visit, the hospital fees were in-network but the treating doctor's group was out of network. I was in a one ER town at the time and sick enough that it wouldn't have made a difference even if I'd known part of my bill would be out of network.
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