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Old 10-08-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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What is wrong with Florida Doctors?

I lived in Chicago all my life. While living there I saw many Doctors, they all listened to my problems, and helped me find solutions to them. Then I made the regretful choice of moving to Florida in 2006. When I arrived here, I had a very hard time finding doctors that cared. I finally found 1 a year after I moved here. When I started seeing him in 2007, he had an decent amount of patients coming to his office. Now he has so many patients that he is in such a hurry when heís consulting with one of them, (Me for example) that he ignores most of what the patient tells him, and leaves the room, to go see the next patient. Which makes me come to the conclusion that he does not care about the patients. He is in it only for the money.

In Chicago, when a doctor got to the point where he could not give each patient the amount of time he/she needed, that doctor would stop accepting new patients. This doctor has so many patients that he barely has time to spend two minutes with each one, but yet he is still accepting new patients.

I decided to stop seeing this doctor. But up to date all the doctors I have seen are the same. They donít listen to everything the patient has to say. They pretend to listen, but they are not. For example, I went to the doctor because I was feeling weak, very dizzy, light headed, with head aches, my throat hurt, and my right ear was so clogged, it felt like it was going to explode. When I started telling the doctor all my symptoms, he stopped me after I had mentioned the third symptom, and started taking my blood pressure. He said my blood pressure was 74 over 40, and said, thatís pretty low. Then before I can continue to tell him the rest of my symptoms, He walks out the door. A few minute later, his nurse comes in and hands me prescriptions for all the refills I need. I asked her, did the doctor say anything about my other problems? She said no. So I told her I want to see the doctor again. She left the room, came back a few minute later, and told me that the doctor said that if I wanted to see him, I had to set up another appointment. I was very upset, but I left the office. Since he told me that my blood pressure was low. I went online to check what that may cause, and saw that most of what I was feeling, was due to my blood pressure being low. So I stopped taking my blood pressure pills and most of the symptoms went away within a week. What upset me was, that not only didnít the doctor tell me not to take the blood pressure pills anymore, but he gave me refills. Which makes me think, that he was in such a hurry to get to the next patient, that he did not even concentrate on my problems. If it were not for the internet, I donít know what might have happened to me.

One time I had lots of chest pain. I went to the hospital. They did all the normal test, then told me that they could not find anything wrong with me. That I should see my regular doctor, so he can have more test done on me. When I called my doctor, the receptionist wanted to give me an appointment 3 months from the day I was calling. I told her I need an earlier appointment because Iím having bad chest pains. She told me I should go to the emergency room. I told her I already did, and they told me to see my doctor. At this time she put me on hold, (I assume to ask someone about my situation) when she came back she said that the appointment she offered me is the only one she can she give me, and that I should go back to the hospital. I went back to the hospital, again they did the normal test again , and again they said that they could not find anything wrong with me. That I need to go see my doctor. I finally gave up, called my doctor, and accepted the appointment they offered me 3 months from the day.

Three 3 days after I made the appointment, I went into cardiac arrest, my son had to drive me to the hospital. This time the doctor in the emergency room hospitalized me, and had a cardiologist do all the necessary test on me. They found that I had a clogged artery. So I had a stent put in. I could have died, because the doctors did not care. Both my doctor and the doctors at the hospital.

One Psychiatrist once asked me what is the best medication for me. When I said, I donít know, he went online to find one for me.

Another Psychiatrist I went to spent 15 minutes with me during my visit. In those 15 minutes, he answered his phone 3 times. Every time he finished his call. We would ask me, where were we at.

These are just some of the crazy thing I have gone thought with Florida doctors.

Some people might say, just move back to Chicago. If I could afford it, I would.
Besides, Thatís not the point.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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I suppose it depends on which ones you go to. With my medical conditions, I see multiple doctors every week. I have a whole team taking care of me and I am thrilled with them all and all the facilities. I feel very blessed to have the great medical care I have from very caring doctors. In my last doctor's visit, she spent 90 minutes with me....taking detailed notes as we went along. I could not ask for more. It is certainly an upgrade from some other states I have lived in.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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The other problem is finding an actual "family" doctor. They all belong to those "Health Point" clinics that act worst than the veterinarians! Dogs get treated better here.

It's true though, they do NOT care one bit. Once I went to a dr, who was clearly inebriated, and after making me wait for over an hour to be seen after my appt time, he expected to be paid too! He came in, I tried to tell him what's wrong, and he prescribed me an antibiotic! All though I wasn't sick! Then after I demanded a refund for horrible service, he sent me a letter of dismissal as his patient! LOLOL Unreal.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Let me understand this. People have bad luck in picking doctors and they label the entire medical community in FL as a problem.

Emmm..
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Let me understand this. People have bad luck in picking doctors and they label the entire medical community in FL as a problem.

Emmm..
Bad luck? dude, how far do you think it is an acceptable distance for a physician? I haven't found a good one on a 20 mile radius yet. I don't think I should have to travel to Sarasota for a family dr.

If I put my zip code in all that comes up is these awful health point clinics! Like, we don't even have a choice here! Let alone find a good one!
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Let me understand this. People have bad luck in picking doctors and they label the entire medical community in FL as a problem.

Emmm..
sounds like it to me.....
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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What is wrong with Florida Doctors?
Cardiac arrest means your heart literally stops and people provide chest compressions to keep you alive. Are you sure you suffered cardiac arrest because normally you can't survive car ride to the hospital in cardiac arrest. Your brain doesn't survive more than a few minutes without the heart properly pumping oxygenated blood. I think you might mean myocardial infarction/heart attack. Survival rates for cardiac arrest are about 2% outside of the hospital. You sound lucky to be with us today.

I'm no doctor, but I can imagine that they're working in some pretty crappy settings where Federal law requirement for documentation, coding for reimbursement and thousands of other laws make their lives a living hell. Then you have patients coming into the exam rooms with superfluous symptoms unrelated to their chief complaint. I don't see why anyone would want to be a physician in today's healthcare. It's not that they don't care; it' that the system is so overwhelming, it's difficult for them to keep up.

It's important to be well prepared and educated when you go in the exam room. For instance write down all your medications, know their purpose (internet search), write down your symptoms, write down your questions. Patients often don't have a clue what their ailment that they've had for decades or what their medications are for -

Most clinics have a patient representative, patient advocate. You might relay your story to them to see if they can assist you with finding a doctor suitable to your medical condition.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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I don't go to the doctor often, I don't know if it's the retiree community that saturates the offices but to get an appointment for a specialist is usually 3 weeks here, if I want to do a walk in with a sick child they get upset, I never had these problems in NYC/NJ. We had a good pediatrician who would even do house calls if need be.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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What is wrong with Florida Doctors?

I lived in Chicago all my life. While living there I saw many Doctors, they all listened to my problems, and helped me find solutions to them. Then I made the regretful choice of moving to Florida in 2006. When I arrived here, I had a very hard time finding doctors that cared. I finally found 1 a year after I moved here. When I started seeing him in 2007, he had an decent amount of patients coming to his office. Now he has so many patients that he is in such a hurry when he’s consulting with one of them, (Me for example) that he ignores most of what the patient tells him, and leaves the room, to go see the next patient. Which makes me come to the conclusion that he does not care about the patients. He is in it only for the money.

In Chicago, when a doctor got to the point where he could not give each patient the amount of time he/she needed, that doctor would stop accepting new patients. This doctor has so many patients that he barely has time to spend two minutes with each one, but yet he is still accepting new patients.

I decided to stop seeing this doctor. But up to date all the doctors I have seen are the same. They don’t listen to everything the patient has to say. They pretend to listen, but they are not. For example, I went to the doctor because I was feeling weak, very dizzy, light headed, with head aches, my throat hurt, and my right ear was so clogged, it felt like it was going to explode. When I started telling the doctor all my symptoms, he stopped me after I had mentioned the third symptom, and started taking my blood pressure. He said my blood pressure was 74 over 40, and said, that’s pretty low. Then before I can continue to tell him the rest of my symptoms, He walks out the door. A few minute later, his nurse comes in and hands me prescriptions for all the refills I need. I asked her, did the doctor say anything about my other problems? She said no. So I told her I want to see the doctor again. She left the room, came back a few minute later, and told me that the doctor said that if I wanted to see him, I had to set up another appointment. I was very upset, but I left the office. Since he told me that my blood pressure was low. I went online to check what that may cause, and saw that most of what I was feeling, was due to my blood pressure being low. So I stopped taking my blood pressure pills and most of the symptoms went away within a week. What upset me was, that not only didn’t the doctor tell me not to take the blood pressure pills anymore, but he gave me refills. Which makes me think, that he was in such a hurry to get to the next patient, that he did not even concentrate on my problems. If it were not for the internet, I don’t know what might have happened to me.

One time I had lots of chest pain. I went to the hospital. They did all the normal test, then told me that they could not find anything wrong with me. That I should see my regular doctor, so he can have more test done on me. When I called my doctor, the receptionist wanted to give me an appointment 3 months from the day I was calling. I told her I need an earlier appointment because I’m having bad chest pains. She told me I should go to the emergency room. I told her I already did, and they told me to see my doctor. At this time she put me on hold, (I assume to ask someone about my situation) when she came back she said that the appointment she offered me is the only one she can she give me, and that I should go back to the hospital. I went back to the hospital, again they did the normal test again , and again they said that they could not find anything wrong with me. That I need to go see my doctor. I finally gave up, called my doctor, and accepted the appointment they offered me 3 months from the day.

Three 3 days after I made the appointment, I went into cardiac arrest, my son had to drive me to the hospital. This time the doctor in the emergency room hospitalized me, and had a cardiologist do all the necessary test on me. They found that I had a clogged artery. So I had a stent put in. I could have died, because the doctors did not care. Both my doctor and the doctors at the hospital.

One Psychiatrist once asked me what is the best medication for me. When I said, I don’t know, he went online to find one for me.

Another Psychiatrist I went to spent 15 minutes with me during my visit. In those 15 minutes, he answered his phone 3 times. Every time he finished his call. We would ask me, where were we at.

These are just some of the crazy thing I have gone thought with Florida doctors.

Some people might say, just move back to Chicago. If I could afford it, I would.
Besides, That’s not the point.
When you start claiming all the doctors are bad,even the ones who saved your life when you went into cardiac arrest i start to wonder if its really the doctors or if you have obsessive compulsive deception disorder when it comes to medical professionals.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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Our experience has been quite the opposite. Up north the specialist pretty much gave up right off the bat, and failed to make referrals to other needed specialists. Got to FLA, everybody jumped on it. When the first round of specialists got stumped, they immediately suggested stepping up to one of the several "centers of excellence" in FLA. So we did that, and it seems ridiculous to act like a state with a Cleveland Clinic and a Mayo Clinic and the facilities at UF etc., etc., etc. is somehow lacking in quality medical care. The caring attitudes and professional talent have been outstanding.
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