Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Do No Harm
I don't respect the business.
Let me tell you about the last few years.
I had a doctor I liked a lot. Unfortunately, he had some medical problems and closed his practice a few years ago. The medical group gave me two days notice. I wrote a letter, noting the short notice. There was no response.
I found a guy I liked in the next town over, and I've been with him for the past few years. A letter arrived the other day. He was affiliating with a big, big, big hospital group-- one that doesn't take my insurance. Luckily, I received three weeks notice there.
After consulting my insurance company's web site, and talking with a gym friend, I settled on a woman near by. I called to see if she was accepting new patients. Yes, new patients. No, no additional ones with my insurance. A complaint was filed with my insurance company.
Okay, next on the list. I found a doctor that was accepting new patients, and one who took my insurance. His secretary told me they would send me an application, and I was to send it back. I would receive the okay, pending the application. Hello!?! I had to fill out an application to give you my business? Sorry. I'm doing you the favor by giving you my money. It's not the other way around. I passed.
I succeeded in finding a doctor, new to a practice, who was accepting new patients, and with my insurance. I have an appointment in a couple weeks. I'll let you know how it goes.
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