Patience Pays Off
March 13, 2018 9:06am CST
Late last March my husband and I moved to this city. We have been trying very hard to get into a family doctor. They all seem to have closed practises. But I have been going to a very nice medical clinic, and seeing a couple of the doctors there. I have to go more often then I'd like to admit, but I have to get prescriptions refilled. And when you are not a patient of theirs, they only refill each bottle once. And when they run out a few months later, you are back there again. Finally, I just got a phone call from that clinic. They have a new doctor starting there in early May. And I was on the waiting list so I have an appointment. She wasn't able to confirm if my husband will get a call or not, but that she did not see his name. I'm a higher priority because of my health issues. I am so thankful that my patience paid off. I hope that this is a good doctor. I have a lot of respect for the Medical Clinic, so I cannot imagine that they'd take on an inferior doctor. Do you have a regular family physician?
21 people like this
• United States
Sounds like a good place with great doctors. I do hope you are able to become a regular patient of theirs. I have been going to the same doctor since I was born. The past 8 years I have been taking the same two medicines one for depression and one for bipolar. I've going to my PCP for this for the past 4 years at least and every month he makes me come back for a refill it's so annoying.
Going in for a refill is a pain. I have to do that now, they give me a three month's supply, but no refills, that's when I have to go in. You're really lucky to have had your doctor for so long, he knows all of your history and that is invaluable as a patient isn't it?
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
I'm glad that you have an appointment. It's great news. I do have a doctor. I've been with my doctor since I was pregnant with my eldest. Considering how hard it is to find a doctor, I've just stayed with her. Especially since I do have a prescription and it's just easier when I need a new one. Even if I didn't need a prescription, I'd still probably just stay with her. It's nice to have someone who knows my health history of the last few years.
• United States
Yes, I have a regular doctor. I really liked the one I had about six years ago, but he went to work at a Native American clinic, so he could no longer be my doctor. So the one I have now is nice, and very good. But she's just not who I would prefer to have. I miss the other doctor. It must have been concerning not to have a regular doctor for awhile.
• United States
I've been going to our local urgent care for years and they switched up doctors occasionally. Finally I found one I really like an it seems like he's there to stay (or at least I hope so). Like you, I have to go every few months to have prescriptions refilled and blood work done. I hope that you found your doctor and can settle in with him/her.
Its hard not having the same physician isn't it? My last family doctor, back in the town near where we lived, wasn't the greatest, he was a pill-pusher, but at least he knew my history. At my age, I hope to find a doctor young enough that he'll outlive me and won't retire on me, our last family doctor was the same age as we were. In fact his children used to take swimming lessons and play soccer with our son. There were times that was a bit awkward.
• Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Wherever you are it sounds like where I live. Family doctors are scarce and our Hospital is a University/Teaching hospital where our future doctors do their internships and residencies. But none of them want to stay when they are licensed. I am fortunate enough to have a family doctor but my daughter is still looking for one.
I'm in London, Ontario. This is the hub of medical research due to the teaching university here, the next largest centre is Toronto. Doctors are few and far between in our country aren't they? But based on the time and money it takes to become one, I am not surprised.