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Old 10-11-2023, 10:03 PM
 
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i loved living in Albuquerque (eight years) but i agree it was impossible to find a primary care provider. Shortly after moving there i was in a really bad car wreck (taken by ambulance to an ER, strapped to a board). So i received emergency care (i was insured through employer, good insurance) however it required follow up visit after 5 days with PCP which was impossible. I started calling Primary Care Physicians and the first 15 i called were not taking any new patients, even for a five day follow up from a serious car accident with doctor's orders in hand to be seen. I remember getting the list from my insurance company, and there were 76 primary care physicians listed. I called very single one of them, yes all 76. And none of them would see me, nor would they take me as new patient even if it was later. I have never seen that anywhere else i lived. So i went without the follow up care. When i needed care i went to urgent care places. It was not a good situation. And i worked at a medical center! I worked in health care! Finally one of the Nurses i worked with felt sorry for me and she talked to her own Physician who as a favor to her agreed to see me. That was the only way i found a primary care provider in Albuquerque. I have thought about retiring there since i really loved living there but the doctor situation is really something to consider. When i lived there before i was very healthy and in my late 40s, early 50s. I am still healthy but when I retire i will be in my early 70s so i really would like being able to have a primary care provider.

My insurance goes with me into retirement, and it lets me see pretty much any provider, but not if they won't make appointments.
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Old 10-12-2023, 07:15 AM
 
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The good news is: once you become their patient, it is not difficult to see them again, and quickly.

Many you can book online....the first question in starting the booking process is: are you a new or existing patient? If you say you are NEW, appt. times were months away. If an EXISTING patient, they were within a week or less.

I have seen a urologist 3 times in 2 weeks (one visit was with the doctor, the other 2 with a NP with a specialty in urology).

My partner saw an AGACNP who did an EKG, looked at tests from his Mexican cardiologist (in Spanish) then lined up an Echo in 4 days, then back to AGACNP a week later to discuss results. The NP also reached out via email and Whatsapp to the cardiologist in Mexico (where our main home is) and together they agreed on a treatment plan.

This all at Banner, we are very happy with the care.

BTW, in Mexico health care is FAST. You call or text your GP directly or via Whatsapp, no receptionists or gatekeepers. A few still do house calls, but not as many as 10 years ago (we've lived there since 2008). Specialists give you their cell phone numbers as well. We have never waited more than a day to see a GP, never more than a week to see a specialist.
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Old 10-12-2023, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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And don't forget there's some great Dr.'s in Nogales, Mexico. I saw a Dr. in Nogales 4 years ago that saved me from having neck surgery. Only cost me $3.50 to see him.
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Old 10-12-2023, 08:20 AM
 
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The dental practice i went to in Albuquerque was owned by a guy who was a dentist in Mexico. When he moved to the USA, his dental license in Mexico was not valid in USA. So he got his dental hygienist license in USA and he owns the dental practice and hires and employs dentists to work for him. I like that, the hygienist being the boss of the dentists. His care is excellent i went there for years. He has patients who have moved to different states, who travel to see him twice a year for their dental care.
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Old 10-12-2023, 09:15 AM
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The good news is: once you become their patient, it is not difficult to see them again, and quickly.

Many you can book online....the first question in starting the booking process is: are you a new or existing patient? If you say you are NEW, appt. times were months away. If an EXISTING patient, they were within a week or less.

I have seen a urologist 3 times in 2 weeks (one visit was with the doctor, the other 2 with a NP with a specialty in urology).

My partner saw an AGACNP who did an EKG, looked at tests from his Mexican cardiologist (in Spanish) then lined up an Echo in 4 days, then back to AGACNP a week later to discuss results. The NP also reached out via email and Whatsapp to the cardiologist in Mexico (where our main home is) and together they agreed on a treatment plan.

This all at Banner, we are very happy with the care.

BTW, in Mexico health care is FAST. You call or text your GP directly or via Whatsapp, no receptionists or gatekeepers. A few still do house calls, but not as many as 10 years ago (we've lived there since 2008). Specialists give you their cell phone numbers as well. We have never waited more than a day to see a GP, never more than a week to see a specialist.
If you can't afford a doctor in the USA, I understand. But, if you are just trying to save a buck, we'll, that seems kind of foolish.
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Old 10-12-2023, 09:41 AM
 
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If you can't afford a doctor in the USA, I understand. But, if you are just trying to save a buck, we'll, that seems kind of foolish.
Huh??

We have lived in MX since 2008. Sometimes with a 2nd house in the US, though between 2019 and 2023 we only had the MX house. We choose to live in MX for its culture and weather, not because it's cheap! We live in a very popular MX "Pueblo Magico" where housing costs are on par with Tucson prices, if not higher.

We recently bought a home in Tucson. We plan to spend 7 or 8 months in MX a year; 4 or 5 months in Tucson.

Because we have been living there fulltime for the several years, we use the MX medical system which is wonderful but NOT cheap FOR US as we pay out-of-pocket in MX. Medicare picks up our medical bills when we are in the US.

We live outside of Guadalajara, MX's 2nd largest city and all of our specialists are based there; all speak some English (English semi-fluency is required of all Master degree programs and for all Professional degrees such as DDS or Dr.s)

The orthopedic surgeon from Guadalajara who replaced my hip last year did his residency at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.
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Old 10-12-2023, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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All of my PC Doctors have left. I had a great one, but he left this last spring 2023. I made another appointment for one of the new Doctors and my appointment was for March 2024. That Dr. is leaving this December 2023. I made an appointment for the other "new" Dr. for June 2024. That Dr. is leaving Dec. 31st. So I have another appointment in June for whoever is available.

It seems it will be impossible to establish a relationship with a Dr. here. I have good insurance with a good company.

Finding a doctor is a challenge and keeping them seems impossible.
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Old 10-12-2023, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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We had a great doctor at Carondelet leave us in the Rita Ranch area when we lived in Vail, but luckily he came back a few years later to Northwest Physicians down the street.


Then we moved to Colorado for a while and when we moved back the the NW Tucson/Marana area, the first two doctors at the Northwest Physicians practice near our house left within the first 6 months - it was very frustrating.


We just moved back up to Chandler and are so far having good luck with our doctors after about a year (knock on wood).
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Old 10-13-2023, 11:32 AM
 
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If you can't afford a doctor in the USA, I understand. But, if you are just trying to save a buck, we'll, that seems kind of foolish.
Many of the wealthy in Nogales, Sonora head over to the Carondelet hospital in Arizona. I think that says a lot.
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Old 10-14-2023, 11:19 AM
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Huh??

We have lived in MX since 2008. Sometimes with a 2nd house in the US, though between 2019 and 2023 we only had the MX house. We choose to live in MX for its culture and weather, not because it's cheap! We live in a very popular MX "Pueblo Magico" where housing costs are on par with Tucson prices, if not higher.

We recently bought a home in Tucson. We plan to spend 7 or 8 months in MX a year; 4 or 5 months in Tucson.

Because we have been living there fulltime for the several years, we use the MX medical system which is wonderful but NOT cheap FOR US as we pay out-of-pocket in MX. Medicare picks up our medical bills when we are in the US.

We live outside of Guadalajara, MX's 2nd largest city and all of our specialists are based there; all speak some English (English semi-fluency is required of all Master degree programs and for all Professional degrees such as DDS or Dr.s)

The orthopedic surgeon from Guadalajara who replaced my hip last year did his residency at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.
Best of luck. I'll receive medical care in the USA.
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