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Old 06-12-2016, 06:03 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Yes, I definitely am! I am a huge Classical fan!

It is worrying about the endocrinologists, but I gather that my relative's current doctor is okay. She has an insulin pump, a specific brand (Medtronic) so that is the biggest issue--to find an endocrinologist who works with Medtronic pumps in New Mexico, or Colorado (or wherever we end up going).
OK, well, they can handle diabetes here in Santa Fe. Not sure about specific pumps. If you don't find what you need in SF, try Los Alamos first. It's a bit shorter drive, and they have a few endos that are pretty good by conventional standards. Seeing as how they serve some of the top scientists in the country, one would think they'd have access to the kind of technology you need.

Endocrinologists in Santa Fe (according to the endos, themselves) only handle diabetes (and they do a poor job of prevention counseling) and thyroid, and they're very poorly informed about thyroid disease. This is typical for other states/urban areas I've lived in, too. They have a very narrow scope of practice. But if that's all you need them for, you'll be fine. The med insurance companies in the US keep endocrinologists on a very short leash to save money. Endos that do more thorough testing and have a better understanding of thyroid get booted from the insurance rolls, as happened to the one effective one I was seeing here. That's not the only shortcoming, but I don't want to write a dissertation.

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Old 06-12-2016, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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I'm reminded of the old song "Two Different Worlds"
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:32 AM
 
Location: USA
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OK, well, they can handle diabetes here in Santa Fe. Not sure about specific pumps. If you don't find what you need in SF, try Los Alamos first. It's a bit shorter drive, and they have a few endos that are pretty good by conventional standards. Seeing as how they serve some of the top scientists in the country, one would think they'd have access to the kind of technology you need.

Endocrinologists in Santa Fe (according to the endos, themselves) only handle diabetes (and they do a poor job of prevention counseling) and thyroid, and they're very poorly informed about thyroid disease. This is typical for other states/urban areas I've lived in, too. They have a very narrow scope of practice. But if that's all you need them for, you'll be fine. The med insurance companies in the US keep endocrinologists on a very short leash to save money. Endos that do more thorough testing and have a better understanding of thyroid get booted from the insurance rolls, as happened to the one effective one I was seeing here. That's not the only shortcoming, but I don't want to write a dissertation.
Thanks, Ruth4Truth! That is a relief, to know they can handle diabetes (in this case, Type One). Thyroid is also an issue, as it runs in the family (so we're all concerned about it). The diabetic relative also has to take thyroid pills. (This doesn't seem to be a complicated issue for her, she just takes the pills and seems to be doing okay.) The pump, though, that is a HUGE deal to her, and it sounds like New Mexico should be able to handle it!

I'm sorry to hear that they fall short in anything beyond diabetes. That must be incredibly frustrating!
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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If Santa Fe were ranked 50 in the country that would be in the top 15% of metro areas. Great success!

The State is #50 not Santa Fe so your theory doesn't work, it is the worst State in the Country for healthcare, move here you will soon find out.
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Old 08-27-2016, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The State is #50 not Santa Fe so your theory doesn't work, it is the worst State in the Country for healthcare, move here you will soon find out.
The state is not #50. Try again.
The States With the Worst Healthcare Systems - The Atlantic
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Old 08-27-2016, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Santa Fe has the highest life expectancy of any city in New Mexico, 80.2 years. This is above the US life expectancy of 78.74. That doesn't indicate that medical care in Santa Fe is subpar compared to the nation as a whole.

Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State - 24/7 Wall St.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:51 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Santa Fe has the worse health care in the Country. Look it up, it is at no. 50 in the USA. It is really bad if you have a chronic illness or develop one, no the place to retire. Lots of hocus pocus medicine, bad attitudes, no critical thinkers, awful place for healthcare. Always get a second opinion in Albuquerque and that isn't even the greatest. I am leaving because of the healthcare choices. St, Vincent is a nightmare.
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The State is #50 not Santa Fe so your theory doesn't work, it is the worst State in the Country for healthcare, move here you will soon find out.
Your statements are conflicting. You claim one thing, you say "Look it up" and provide no reference...
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:08 PM
 
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Santa Fe has the highest life expectancy of any city in New Mexico, 80.2 years. This is above the US life expectancy of 78.74. That doesn't indicate that medical care in Santa Fe is subpar compared to the nation as a whole.

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It's possible average life expectancy is skewed by the fact that Santa Fe has an unusually large proportion of wealthy retirees. I have no statistical support for this, but anecdotally Santa Fe is a popular retirement destination and most retirees here have to be at least upper-middle class.

In my experience, it's hard to find specialists of any kind in Santa Fe, and many have stopped taking major insurances. The new Presbyterian Medical Center across from St. Vincent's has brought much-needed specialists to town. As far as I can tell most of their doctors commute from ABQ.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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It's also possible that the higher life expectancy is precisely because we aren't overrun with doctors!
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:23 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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I agree!!
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