I've found that if something is wrong they'll call you.
Sadly my health is not yet at a point that I can do that. My PCP wants to see me every 90 days. We bent the rules for the 2+ years I had no insurance, but now that I have coverage again, it's back to every 90 days. Full blood work every 180 days, INR is every 28 days. But no more heart Doc, and my med count is shrinking. So that's a plus.
Tests results (and instructions if any) are a phone call by the staff.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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Wouldnt it be even better if you could get the tests done first without s doctor, snd then seeing the doctor with the results....just dreaming
I am a Medical Laboratory Technician and I run most of those tests. I work in an endocrinology clinic (diabetes and thyroid mostly, but we also have primary care physicians as well) so our patients generally have to be seen on a regular basis. Also, there are requirements from Medicare regarding how often one has to be seen, and how often tests can be run. Well, not how often they can be run, but how often Medicare will pay for them. Also, the patient has to have the correct diagnosis or it won't be reimbursed. It's really a big headache sometimes figuring out what will be covered.
I am fortunate that my PCP is in the same clinic and I see him everyday, and I can ask whatever questions I have. I still have to pay my full co-pay for visits and lab work, and have to wait in line like everyone else. No employee discounts here!
My situation is exactly like Surfer Dude's with my results being posted to the My Chart account as soon as they are available. It really makes things quite easy.
The medical mafia is getting more and more into the milking the system process. Only write prescriptions for a short period of time, require tests and unnecessary office vi$it$ no matter what the results. Farm it out to have multiple doctors writing prescriptions for different conditions, so multiple doctors can bill you.
For my blood pressure, I've had the same prescription for probably 8 years. Every year, I have to get tests, and have a visit with my separate doctor for BP, who asks a few token questions and says "your tests look good, keep it up."
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