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Old 08-23-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Do you have a good relationship with your doctor?
What led you to choose your doctor?
How often do you visit your doctor in a given year?
Do you feel you wait too long in the waiting room?
Do you feel they should spend more time with you once you're in the exam room?
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I have a very good relationship with my doctor, who was recommended by a co-worker. I see the doctor about 6 times a year and usually don't wait too long to see her. However, several years ago, she was rated as one of the best general practioners in the area and at that time the office waits were longer. She doesn't do workers' comp, so she's not as busy as those doctors. When I get to the exam room, she takes as long as necessary. I am first seen by her PA. The only problem I have is getting an appointment around my work hours. However, when it is an emergency and I can't get an appt with her, we have quite a few med centers with staff physicians. One thing that I always have is a book to read. No matter who your doctor is, there will be emergencies (sometimes it's me). As a female, I prefer a female doctor. I also wanted one close to home and work and my doctor is 3 miles away. I do a lot of research for a critical condition and I share what I find with her. If I am having a major problem and her office staff (which unfortunately changes too frequently) tells me that there are no appointments for the week, I have reminded them that I can switch doctors and she isn't a hairdresser. Seems to work.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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As I worked in a hospital, I chose doctors I had seen on the floors that I thought were good with their patients and who my bosses thought were good in their fields. Then one of them referred me to another specialist and I trust the referral.

Medicine really is like shopping these days, unless you live in a very small town or have a restrictive HMO. If you don't feel comfortable with yours, go to another. If you know someone who works in the medical field, that would be the best source. Or maybe your pastor knows who his congregation likes.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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Do you have a good relationship with your doctor?
What led you to choose your doctor?
How often do you visit your doctor in a given year?
Do you feel you wait too long in the waiting room?
Do you feel they should spend more time with you once you're in the exam room?
Very good relationship! She doesn't hesitate to make a referral to a specialist if necessary.
My HMO led me to my choice of a doctor.
I visit about once every four months or so.
Never wait long
Sometimes it's a wait of 15 minutes in the exam room, but I take a book or magazine.
The time I had shingles, she was off that day so I saw another doctor at the same clinic who made an immediate diagnosis and appropriate medication.

I have not had any complaints in over the 35 years I've lived in Minnesota. I've had this particular doctor for at least ten years.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Do you have a good relationship with your doctor? No-I despise him
What led you to choose your doctor? referral--thanks friend
How often do you visit your doctor in a given year? once-maybe twice
Do you feel you wait too long in the waiting room? no
Do you feel they should spend more time with you once you're in the exam room?
YES!!!!
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I see a nurse practitioner who works under a doctor's supervision.

I am lucky that I like her because I'd have little choice even if I didn't.

I go to a sliding scale clinic and pay based on my income. What led me to choose this clinic was lack of health insurance and lack of a lot of money. The previous doctor there was horrible. I am so glad she's gone. The NP is very kind, and thoughtful, and I like her.

I don't wait too long in the waiting room but when they put me in an exam room that seems to be a long wait. I'd rather they just leave me out where there's a TV. I always bring schoolwork with me to study. And yes, I would like more exam room time but I'm thankful to get what I get. It's a very busy clinic since it is one of the few in my city that serves the uninsured and low income folks. The only other option is the ER!
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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I was dissatisfied with the doctor I had for years. Someone said they heard good things about this other physician in town so I went and saw him. It took a few times of seeing him before he was able to let his guard down and smile and be more relaxed. If I do not like my doctor as a person, I cannot see them. I do not care how qualified a docotr is, if I do not like them and trust them I won't see them. I see him about ever 2 mos. I just saw him last Friday and to answer the waiting room question, yes I often have to wait awhile. Last Friday I probably waited the lobgest so far, an hour. Sometimes it seems like he spends whatever time I need in the examining room, and other times I feel rushed.
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: chicagoland
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Do you have a good relationship with your doctor? Me, yes. My daughter, yes

What led you to choose your doctor?I get to see NP and Midwives who work under a horrible doctor. They are nothing like the doctor thank goodness. They do things the natural way and are the last ones to prescribe drugs and antibiotics. I asked medicaid (which I had at the time if they covered NP/Midwives and luckily they did. I have always gone to them). My daughter's doctors are pretty amazing except for one twit who thinks she's god because she has a palm pilot which tells he what to prescribe. I live near Chicago. What I did was checked the next county over (much better demographics) and chose a doctor based on the reviews I found online. These physicians are DO's and one of them also works specifically with autistic children and uses biomethods to do so. They are also supportive of "vaccine choice" and homeopathic alternatives. That is mainly why I chose them.

How often do you visit your doctor in a given year? Me once sometimes none sometimes twice. This year I haven't gone yet, knock on wood. My daughter was supposed to go for those worthless "well visits" but she went at 1 month, 6 months, 12 months and won't be going back hopefully until she is 2. . . We almost went for a possible ear infection/fever but it cleared up within 3 days

Do you feel you wait too long in the waiting room? Me, yes but I'm not complaining. The office I go to also has a WIC office and has a free clinic. But once I do get in they are pretty quick. My daughter, we go right in after they take her name. We wait about five minutes TOPS. She actually gets angry because she doesn't have time to play with the toys in the waiting room. They also have a "sick entrence" on the other side of the building with it's own examining room. They don't mix the sickies with the healthies The also keep 3 morning and 3 afternoon appointments open everyday for last minute visits/sick visits. They are open until 8pm three ngihts and every other 6pm not to mention Saturday all day hours and Sundays 10am to 2pm when each doctor takes a turn coming in. That contributes to the short wait.

Do you feel they should spend more time with you once you're in the exam room? My midwives or NP have spent up to 20 minutes with me. My daughter's doctor just the same.
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: in a house
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I see a nurse practitioner who works under a doctor's supervision. I am lucky that I like her because I'd have little choice even if I didn't. !
APRNs don't work under "supervision" but in collaboration with a MD/DO. I am glad to see you are satisfied with the care you receive from the NP.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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Very good relationship! She doesn't hesitate to make a referral to a specialist if necessary.
My HMO led me to my choice of a doctor.
I visit about once every four months or so.
Never wait long
Sometimes it's a wait of 15 minutes in the exam room, but I take a book or magazine.

The time I had shingles, she was off that day so I saw another doctor at the same clinic who made an immediate diagnosis and appropriate medication.

I have not had any complaints in over the 35 years I've lived in Minnesota. I've had this particular doctor for at least ten years.
(forgot to add this one: reason for the edit) Doctor spends as much time as I need her to in the exam room.
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