Questioning the ethics of these younger doctors

By GiGiB Latest Reply 2013-03-19 17:44:42 -0500
Started 2013-03-17 09:14:33 -0500

Havent posted in a while…long while. We have transferred from CA to MA. Just arrived. Finding a doctor in the area is touch. Running out of supplies. First doc assigned to me and my daughter refused to take me as a patient (Gen med) as I need one for my primary care physician and then can be referred out. I told her I was allergic to ACE Inhibitors and she said she would put me on one anyway! I told her I had proof from my nephrologist and she didnt care - this woman was in her mid to late thirties…the office manager at this place urged me to file a complaint.

So I try another doctor. Same age bracket - mid to last thirties. This woman says she doesnt have time to write out prescriptions and didnt want to take a diabetic as a patient either. I had to push her to take me telling her that I had no diabetic pump supplies etc and she said "well I guess I have to".

This is a concern, at least to me. I do know there are some good younger doctors out there, but for me to get two in a row in two different towns/cities with the same "I dont want to have to deal with you, youre not an easy patient to treat" attitude is mindblowing.

In the Tricare North system…in my area…I cannot find any older doctors. Everyone is 40 and below.

Here's opening a can of worms but I have to ask…is this the major mentality of the "me" generation? If it inconveniences me, then I dont want to deal with it???
God help us all!

7 replies

granniesophie 2013-03-18 11:06:29 -0500 Report

Are you close to a military base? I am on TriCare Prime, but am seen on base for most everything and only referred in town when a specialty is not part of the Base Hospital. Perhaps if you are you can go out there and speak with the TriCare people in the hospital and find out what exactly you are eligible for and maybe a better doctor. They are always interested in doctors who treat people like crap as well, and they may have received complaints about the doctors you have seen from other patients as well -

Also keep in mind that TriCare has now become United Health ( I got my ID from them last week) and I fear that the doctors who are going to be willing to accept it are all younger and just starting out and we will all find that we are going to have issues.

manapua72 2013-03-17 13:40:35 -0500 Report

No I wouldn't worry @ all … I had a doctor for many years and I finally needed a shake up … I very easily found a new doctor and my wife was like are you in love him when I returned from my first appointment … In my first appointment I realized though he was young . He was an AWESOME DOCTOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I think you found a few duds … I really think you can find good younger doctors …,

Gwen214 2013-03-17 13:51:29 -0500 Report

I agree with Managua72, you just found duds. All my docs are in their mid 30's, and certainly, do not act that way. All very knowledgeable, and genuinely concerned, especially my endocrinologist. He researches, and consults with other doctors, if I'm dealing with something that is out of his expertise. I moved to a different city, but continued to see them, the extra drive is worth it, because they all are pretty awesome.

GiGiB 2013-03-17 13:47:05 -0500 Report

thanks for sharing that. I am hoping to eventually find a doctor who is good regardless of age. Military health care has not been the greatest but I have found a few good ones over the years. The constant transfers almost every year has me jumping through the same hoops and not being able to stay with a doctor very long. Thank you!

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-17 09:48:19 -0500 Report

i had the same issue when i had to switch insurance. went back to a doctor my son had years ago that i really liked. but as soon as he learned i was on SSI and had fibromyalgia, his whole attitude changed. its not just younger doctors. if your a multi health issue person, they dont want to get involved. your a challenge. to me that would be a plus cuz your doctor would know your making him money and keeping him guessing.

GiGiB 2013-03-17 09:54:44 -0500 Report

Also true that it can happen with any doctor…I have had type 1 for 40 years and each every doctor I see literally gleefully rub their hands together and start with the .."oh, we need to test you for this". This new doc I am seeing starting with the scare tactics "oh well, blood pressure over 125 (top number), makes you a candidate for a stroke" I had to bite my tongue to not tell her I had the new ADA/AMA blood pressure figures for diabetics. It is now 130/80. I am going to get what I can from this doc while searching for a new one. She even told me she doesnt waste her time researching side affects and I would be better off not reading the inserts to the meds! WoW! REally??????

June Tademy
June Tademy 2013-03-19 17:44:42 -0500 Report

Yeah, keep her until you find another but by all means——you must find a new doctor. I had a similiar doctor like that and I made a complaint and found another doctor, you cannot let anyone treat you like that it is not human, you need to run as fast as you can to a new doctor or go to the military base it cannot be any worse than she is, wow—I change in a minute