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My family and I received letters from our primary doc saying the she is moving out of the area and gave a short list of doctors that she recommended. So far, having no luck as no one seems to be accepting new patients. What do you guys do when you are trying to find a new doctor? Is there a website that lists the ones in your area, what insurance they take and if they are taking new patients? This calling and waiting on hold to even get any info is driving me crazy.
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Shutterbug when I got a letter like that I got real upset. I had been with that doctor for over 20 years her reason for dropping me was because I was to sick. When I went to my next rhemy appointment I told her and she explained that some PCP doctors only want to see you once or twice a year. Since I already had a team of doctors I went without a PCP for a few years. My rhemy and other doctors tried to get me a PCP. My pulmonary doctor decided he was up for the challenge and my other doctors agreed plus he knows all of my other doctors.


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Sorry Shutterbug!  You've probably got many calls ahead of you still.  I start w/ the list from insurance of who is covered (luckily, I can see it online and see who is accepting new pts.) but, if you cannot find one accepting new patients, gotta' call insurance back. They have to work something out to get your care covered! I am currently working on a "gap exception" w/ my insurance to get care that I cannot get locally for my lupus related problems; basically, they will cover an out-of-network provider as "in network" once it gets approved (one of my docs is horrible w/ paperwork so it has held up the process).  Insurance shouldn't be so difficult!  Still, I will take these woes over those of the days w/o insurance at all ;) Good luck!!!
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Called the local physicians line and they sent me a list of doctors that take our insurance. Unfortunately, I had already called half of them and they either are not accepting new patients or have waiting lists to become a patient. The list was outdated as well as several of them no longer accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I have a few more calls to make tomorrow then I start trying to see what else I can find. There are a couple of Nurse Practitioners on that list. Anyone had success using a FNP as their primary doctor?
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Been there, done that. I'm pretty fed up with insurance. I got back on Blue Cross because my eye specialist accepts Blue Cross. I haven't had trouble with docs not accepting my insurance; I have trouble finding docs accepting new patients. I got so frustrated, I looked into why. Here's what I found: 1) Americans are living longer, so more patients who need more care. 2) More patients can GET healthcare now that Obamacare is in effect. (I guess that's a positive reason, anyway.) 3) Doctors are aging: more than 1/3 are over 55. 4) Specialists make twice as much money ($400,000/year average). 5) Smaller numbers in Gen-X mean fewer new docs. 6) Internists get less respect from their colleagues. (This is all from a Boston Globe article if you want to check it out.

As for nurse-practitioners, I think they're great--for garden-variety ailments like a sinus infection, especially among patients without complex, chronic diseases, like, you know, us. 

Why can't there be a website where people in one area can find PCP's who ARE accepting new patients?
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I don't know why it has to be so difficult. I live in a small town up by Yosemite. There are not a whole lot of doctors up here to begin with let alone one that will take the magic trio; accepts BC/BS, accepts new patients and will accept people with chronic issues (myself and my daughter.). One told me that he can put us on the waiting list but we had to email him with all the usual info as well as any conditions and medications. Sounds to me like they are trying to weed out patients that they might have to see to frequently. After that I'm left with FNPs or driving an hour or so away to a larger city. I already have to drive that far for my rheumy as there isn't one up here.
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I hear you. It just should NOT be this hard. I do have a local PCP here in Olympia, but he knows nothing about lupus, ordered the wrong ultrasound of my blood vessels, and he acts like he'd really rather I saw someone else. I'm just using him to get refills on the Rx's I already have from where I used to live. 




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That's where I am too. Thinking that the one primary doctor that is taking new patients isn't going to know much about lupus. I'm willing to give him a shot and see what happens.
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