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  •  Getting Primary Care Physician - Anecdotal (0+ / 0-)

    This is purely anecdotal -- but enough anecdotes can perhaps suggest a pattern. Or maybe I'm just wasting people's time.

    Relocating to Boston, I needed a new primary care physician. Unfortunately, it seems that neither Mass. General Hospital nor Tufts New England Med Center have physicians accepting new primary care patients -- and that was before any question of insurance came up.  (I was able to find one (I think - I don't get to see him for an intake appointment until mid-November) at a community health center.

    On the other hand, I was able to get an appointment (via a cancellation) with a dermatologist at MGH within 2 days but with respect to an endocrinologist, they need to see my records before they'll even consider me.  Go figure!

    Again, the question of insurance never had the chance to come up. So, to put it mildly, at least with respect to two major teaching hospitals, the validity of the Republiscum claim ranks with the residue of a stool sample.

    About the only thing one can say with certainty is that any connection between what the Republiscum and the truth is purely coincidental.

    •  what you may be experiencing (0+ / 0-)

      is another trend that health policy folks have had on their radar for a while now: a lack of primary care providers, which will only become more acute.

      It doesn't surprise me that major teaching facilities in a place like Boston might actually be demonstrating that trend earlier than other places.

      But then again, you did say it was anecdotal, so we don't want to generalize too heavily from that.

      ;-)

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:30:15 PM PDT

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