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Old 06-30-2019, 03:56 PM
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What is the quality of Sierra Vista hospital for the 65+ (retirement) folks? How is health care in the area for the 65+ crowd?
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:32 PM
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I have close friends over 65 who use the medical facilities in SV. The hospital is small but is certified through whatever agency does that. They have an ER. However, they will send patients to Tucson via helicopter so it would be a good idea to have extra insurance to cover that should the need arise. I do NOT know how difficult it might be to get in with a doctor down there but I've heard of no particular problems. You might have to wait on an initial visit. Of course Medicare is not the favorite insurance for doctors but it does pay. If medical is a big issue then of course you'd want to investigate things in SV long before you move there. I think the quality of life in SV is good. My friends have a Primary Care doctor and a dermatologist there. I think there is a cardiologist group there as well as gyns. The usual types. You would likely have to go to Tucson for Nephrologist, Neurologist, Rheumatoid, and specialties that are more rare.
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:51 AM
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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I last lived there for some 8 years about 10 years ago. My wife was born in Tombstone.
I had occasion to use the ER a few times and the hospital itself and they did OK but the procedures were simple. I also use the cardiologist group there with satisfaction.
The bigger problem with the area is that availability of physicians. With the military base there they seemed to be booked up or unavailable. I did run into more than one doctor that I fired pretty quickly there. I don't think the community attracts the best MDs.
I have also heard that many doctors do not take medicare. I don't have it myself as my medical insurance is part of my retirement. But we did have doctors refuse to take us based on age alone thinking we were on medicare at the time.
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