Why is it that most primary care physicians seem to take diabetes so lightly? There are so many discussions on this site about this very thing. These Dr's have so much knowledge, but dealing with things to and so superficially that what they do just doesn't seem to make sense.
Which leads me to suggest that in cases like this your only option is to see a specialist. Maybe it's a conspiracy (I am not a negative person!) designed to get us to do just that, see a specialist. It wouldn't be so bad, if they would just tell us to do this in the first place. The problem is that most are so full of themselves that they don't want to admit that they have been dealing with sore throats, virus's and other more minor issues that they can't or won't admit the truth to us. that they are just not up-to-date on some issues anymore. Like diabetes.
First of all, they want us to keep coming back. It comes down to money again…There are many out there who cannot qualify for insurance,
many also have limited insurance and there is an incredible amount of public aid patients now-a-days that most offices compensate by over scheduling appointment, so they can bring in as much as they can for the day. This also explains the inability of these Dr's to spend much time with one individual. Since, the office nurse is extremely busy with phone calls, maybe they need to hire another office nurse just to actually see patients prior to and following the Dr's exam to complete what the Dr. couldn't.
I mention money being a factor and I do believe it is (this is my pessimism presenting itself here!) Look back at office visit prices. Less than five years ago the office visit price in my area went from 28.00 to 32.00. It has steadily and rapidly increased ever since. It is now 82.00 for an office visit at a primary care physician's office. I can see my specialist for 62.00. Doesn't make sense does it? You can draw your own conclusions here.
Anyway, I would suggest that anyone with major health issues find a specialist or more than one specialist who can meet your needs.
We all need to feel comfortable and trusting and respectful of the physicians we are dealing with.
Don't ever be afraid to ask questions. Make a list
and prepare for your visit prior to the visit. Read or use the internet to get as much information you can about your ailment. This will tell the Dr. you are serious about your health and he may spend more time with you. Demand his time and attention while he is with you. Otherwise, he will hurry and rush off, leaving you confused and frustrated. When you call for the appointment ask or let registration know you are hoping for a little additional time as you have questions for the Dr. They will make a note of this and maybe a lot fifteen more minutes or so.
I wish everyone luck and at least we know we have this forum to ask questions and get answers.
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