U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Austin
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-09-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: G-Town
428 posts, read 1,016,645 times
Reputation: 162

Advertisements

While in Phoenix, we had a terrible time finding decent medical care. I went through four doctors in ten years before finding one who seemed to know what he was doing, my wife went through several as well, including two while she was pregnant, and we had two different pediatricians for our son in the first six months of his life.

I grew up on the east coast and had the same doc from birth until I was 22, so switching doctors isn't something I enjoy. However, I now have a medical issue none of the docs in Phoenix could fix (two actually made it worse), and we don't want to go through the whole carousel again this summer when we get to Austin.

And, don't get me started on Phoenix dentists... especially the office that put two crowns in for me, then tore one back out a week later during a routine follow up (the girl who tore it out started screaming to her co-workers "OMG, I tore his tooth out!")

What are your thoughts on the medical car providers there?

Last edited by Runemaster; 01-09-2010 at 07:25 AM.. Reason: typo
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-09-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Back home in California
589 posts, read 1,738,862 times
Reputation: 292
One thing I found very striking during our recent search for a physician was how young the doctor community is in North Austin and Round Rock. DH and I found a large percentage of the physicians had been practicing since 2000 or later. I think what happened was that Texas changed its medical malpractice laws within the last 10 years and a lot of physicians have decided to make a go of it here. There are a lot of new hospitals in the Area too and we found a physician very easily. It will take a few more visits to know for sure if he is a keeper but he seems nice so far.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: G-Town
428 posts, read 1,016,645 times
Reputation: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by XLadylawX View Post
One thing I found very striking during our recent search for a physician was how young the doctor community is in North Austin and Round Rock. DH and I found a large percentage of the physicians had been practicing since 2000 or later. I think what happened was that Texas changed its medical malpractice laws within the last 10 years and a lot of physicians have decided to make a go of it here. There are a lot of new hospitals in the Area too and we found a physician very easily. It will take a few more visits to know for sure if he is a keeper but he seems nice so far.
Thanks for the response.

One of the two that made my issue worse was a young guy who started his practice in 2001. He was very nice and attentive, but didn't know that you shouldn't prescribe NSAIDs for prolonged usage. So, after I was taking them regularly for nearly two years, I found out on my own by researching on WebMD, and other places. Now I have new issues casued by longterm NSAID use, and the original issue is no better than it was the first time I saw him for it nearly four years ago. At this point, I'm not sure I could ever trust a young Doc again, which is sad because I'm sure there are good ones out there.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Austin
2,522 posts, read 5,771,350 times
Reputation: 705
I strongly think HMO's ruined health care more than malpractice issues.....now they get paid a set fee, regardless of unique situations like this poster mentioned here, and process folks like a medical assembly line. You don't get a chance to develop a long term relationship with an MD with HMO's like we all did growing up, and that could be the biggest prob of all. Always new specialists to see, and all of them are constrained from HMO's per time spent and prescriptions made.

I would almost lean towards do-it-yourself treatments, or alternative treatments off the standard medical supply line. How could it be any worse than the crap that comes out of the hospitals? And many think you get WORSE from many "treatments", many of which turn out to be wrong or unnecessary.

Sounds like you could help yourself better than these doctors are helping you....
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
20,963 posts, read 43,073,029 times
Reputation: 24678
There are some excellent doctors in the Austin area, even some that have been practicing for quite a long time. You just have to know how to find them. (And I'm VERY picky about my doctors - I once went for 3 years without one - unheard of for me at the time - because I couldn't find quite the right replacement for my doctor who had moved out of state. Commuting 30 miles for a doctor visit was find - commuting a thousand wasn't!) I also prefer doctors who consider it a partnership, not them taking care of me, and it sounds like that's what you need.

There are also quite a few hospitals - several new ones have opened - in the area.

Word of mouth helps in finding those excellent physicians. I found my doctor of the past 20 years by asking my long-time massage therapist who doesn't use doctors but recommends this one, and we found my husband's regular doctor on a recommendation from him.

Over the years my family has had a bit of experience in a couple of the hospitals in the area, mainly the Georgetown Hospital and St. David's Round Rock. For the most part, it's been pretty good, but, as I said, I'm a pro-active patient (trained well by an early doctor who wouldn't give you the piece of paper with the prescription on it until you'd read the PDF listing on it in his office in front of him, and then as a medical malpractice personal injury legal assistant, to ask questions and do my own research instead of holding my mouth open for the pill like a baby bird).

Once you get here, ask people who they use and if they recommend them. You'll find someone good who works for you (not all good doctors have chemistry with all patients, too, I've learned over the years, and that chemistry can be important).
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: G-Town
428 posts, read 1,016,645 times
Reputation: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by TexasHorseLady View Post
I also prefer doctors who consider it a partnership, not them taking care of me, and it sounds like that's what you need.
Yes, exactly. Both of my parents worked in the medical industry while I was growing up, so I do have a decent grasp on a lot of the concepts, jargon, etc. I really can't stand the "shotgun" approach to fixing people, but do understand that curing an illness or ailment isn't like fixing a truck.

I guess what I'm after is a doc who is willing to inform me on his/her decision process and allow me to be part of that process, instead of just tossing medicine and referrals at me in the hopes of making a quick buck and moving on to the next patient in an expedient manner.

Now, since I rarely go to the doc (I've learned to just live with my issue and just get on with my life), I'm far more concerned with finding a good pediatrician for our son. Anyone have any good recommendations for one in the North Austin 'burbs?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Austin
2,522 posts, read 5,771,350 times
Reputation: 705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Runemaster View Post
Yes, exactly. Both of my parents worked in the medical industry while I was growing up, so I do have a decent grasp on a lot of the concepts, jargon, etc. I really can't stand the "shotgun" approach to fixing people, but do understand that curing an illness or ailment isn't like fixing a truck.

I guess what I'm after is a doc who is willing to inform me on his/her decision process and allow me to be part of that process, instead of just tossing medicine and referrals at me in the hopes of making a quick buck and moving on to the next patient in an expedient manner.

Now, since I rarely go to the doc (I've learned to just live with my issue and just get on with my life), I'm far more concerned with finding a good pediatrician for our son. Anyone have any good recommendations for one in the North Austin 'burbs?
Question...are you insured, and, if so, what type of payment plan? HMO?
Large deductibles? PPO?....I think it's more the plan you are in than the MD you are seeing. All about YOU AND THE MD having control over the process. With limited plans/HMO's, the docs HAVE to treat it as an assembly L, as the payment is standardized regardless of particulars.
One size fits/pays all.


And to think that we soon will have a new gov't med plan....the mind boggles at the thought/confusions inherent in the same...

Though, honestly, we SHOULD have nationalized health care....a damn sin that we have so many uninsured people, especially in Texas, with a higher number AND % of uninsured than any other state.....
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
587 posts, read 1,353,191 times
Reputation: 199
No, we're not on a crappy HMO or anything; we have a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and it's pretty good coverage.

It's definitely the doctors and not the coverage because we have the same health plan here in Minnesota that we had in Arizona and the problems we had there are not problems here. Phoenix just has really crappy doctors, for some reason. We think maybe it's because of the really fast growth? No matter what the reason, we were definitely victim to some really bad practices on multiple occasions...
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Austin
2,522 posts, read 5,771,350 times
Reputation: 705
Quote:
Originally Posted by intmd8r View Post
No, we're not on a crappy HMO or anything; we have a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and it's pretty good coverage.

It's definitely the doctors and not the coverage because we have the same health plan here in Minnesota that we had in Arizona and the problems we had there are not problems here. Phoenix just has really crappy doctors, for some reason. We think maybe it's because of the really fast growth? No matter what the reason, we were definitely victim to some really bad practices on multiple occasions...
Personally, I think US medicine sucks on every level.....

Time for a 100% overhaul of the same, don't you think?

Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 06:17 PM
 
1,535 posts, read 2,208,630 times
Reputation: 2428
I have a medical condition I am trying to resolve and am on my fourth specialist here in Austin. The doctors I have seen are only interested in treating symptoms and seem most likely to peddle whatever procedure or pharmaceutical that their reps push. I have been doing lots of web research on my situation and there are few if any experienced docs in this area doing the laparoscopic surgery I may need. I have found that some of the family practice docs and not specialists are the best as far as really caring about your health.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Austin

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top