Doctors How Hard is it for you?

@stacy624 (2777)
Canada
January 18, 2008 11:26am CST
Here in Canada it seems to be getting harder and harder finding Doctors these days. I right now have one of the best Doctors who I fully Trust and Love. He has meationed that he is planning to retire which is Awesome for him but truly sad for me. With my Doctor he takes the time to listen and get to any problem (s) that I may have for me and my children. If my doctor doesnt have any one to replace him I am unsure what it is to do. I have tried to get with my Husbands DOctor but is not taking on new patients right now. So I will have to play it day by day. Has easy or hard is it for you to replace or find a good doctor? How do you feel about family doctors in general? What is going to happen to our Children if its this hard now? Thanks for taking the time to read and respond
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@angieang (262)
• United States
18 Jan 08
In the US we do still have many Dr.'s although it is difficult to find a good one that hasn't overloaded their patients that they handle. I would say the reason behind difficulty finding doctors is because they were all sued for crazy instances, just so the patient could get rich quick. Also doctors have problems paying all the malpractice insurance, for all of these people too lazy to work and make money, want to get it the easy way and take it from some one!
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• Philippines
19 Jan 08
Yes I have heard several stories of doctors who were forced to retire early because they could no longer afford the malpractice insurance, which is way too expensive.
@angieang (262)
• United States
22 Jan 08
You would think a law would be constituted to protect the doctors capabable of practicing! Although here in the US they are too worried about how many more millions they can shuffle out to the writers on strike! Seems like our economy has some major problems headed our way!
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
18 Jan 08
there is a shortage of doctors...some of them have hundreds of patients each week...the bigger problem though is the cost...my daughter's pediatrician is one of the only ones in the area...they charged us $140 when she had an ear infection...naturally insurance wasn't going to pay them that much!! so now we owe the doctor an extra $40. that makes me so mad. i am still fighting with them, they say if i don't pay it they won't let my kids see them anymore...but there are no other pediatricians in the area! I would either have to drive an extra half hour to another overpriced office or go into some scary neighborhoods to visit a clinic, where you might wait more than 3 hours since they do not do appointments. healthcare is starting to get out of control.
@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
WOW that is outrageous!!!!! Here in Canada Thank goodness we have health coverage through our Ohip so I am able to take the kids in at any time with the Family Doctor or after hours with a cost .....My Husband works from home so we do need to pay for medical prescriptions.
• Portugal
19 Jan 08
Is true. Here in portugal, we have difficult to find a doctor. In many states in portugal, we don't have an hospital.. This is incredabel..In last week 2 clildrens die because they don't have any tipe of assistente..
• United States
19 Jan 08
I actually just got a doctor for myself here recently. If I ever needed to see a doctor then I just went to the Urgent Care here. But we have a friend that is a doctor and she started seeing my little boy so my husband and I decided to go to her too. She's a family doctor and I think she's great. She wasn't seeing any new patients either but since she was friends with us she told us she would see us anyway. I hope you find someone that you like.
@zenmachado (1619)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I think one of the most difficult aspects, is to have one assigned by your insurance company and then finding that doctor less than stellar. In searching for a new one, you have to jump over hoops.. just be taken care of properly...
@bhappy2 (327)
• Australia
19 Jan 08
In Australia it is difficult to find a doctor that isn't too busy to fit you in. If it is an emergency they will make room for you but otherwise you just have to wait. Finding a doctor that you are compatible with is alway difficult and now getting in to see them is double difficult. There is a shortage of doctors and that is the problem here.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I am thinking of changing my sons doctor after taking him their today. She is always in a rush to get us out of there for some reason as if she has 50 other patients to see. I have had to see her over the last couple of months for my sons cough that has come and gone with several different antibiotics and now she is saying he might have asthma?!? he has never been diagnosed with asthma before so I am a little weary. My husband came with us today and he wasn't impressed with her either. He was asking her lots of questions about my sons cough and was not satisfied with her responses. I don't know, I'll see how he goes in the next two weeks because she says for us to come back to her for further checkup - more money spent on copays.
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
18 Jan 08
well, here in south africa its extremely difficult to find a good doctor. the best of the best emmigrated to canada and australia. try finding a south african doctor there. they are really good. the first heart transplant was done by a south african doctor in cape town.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
18 Jan 08
There are doctors everywhere you look in the States, but you cannot afford them. Many are willing to take on new patients, but the office visits without insurance are $100 or more. Who can pay that? Even if you have insurance there is a co-pay of 20-25 dollars and then there is the ins. premium every month. You cannot afford to get sick here, unless you are very rich!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I had a family doctor when I was in my early twenties, but right now it is hard to find one. I had a female problem and I got a list of recommended doctors but they were either so busy - one of them was in my area and I could see the line ups of people in the waiting room when I walked by - and the others were out of my area. Usually if there is an emergency, I will go to the hospital under protest. I think they should pay the doctors a decent wage so that more are attracted to becoming family doctors and catch things before they become a problem and get the people operated on or looked after instead of waiting years for necessary surgery.