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    john doe. is offline Banned
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    I hope you find one with common since.

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    Exactly. And their reasoning is that I just got insurance and the physical is for insurance reasons, so it has to be done first. Why they can't be done at the same time, who knows? But I may have gotten a doctor who will do both. I'll be finding out tomorrow.
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    I may be too late with this and I'm sorry I didn't say it before. That's baloney (for want of a PC word). If you go to an orthopedic surgeon, they're not interested in doing physicals but they go directly to the problem. I've been retired 12 years now and am "old school" but I'm sure an orthopod would be glad to go directly to the problem and not fool around with irrelevant stuff.


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    Yea, I don't understand what kind of insurance makes U go for a physical before they treat U for a specific problem. Strange.....

    I do have to go thru the primary care physician stuff, but I can call if it was an emergency and tell them over the phone that its something they can't help me with and I need a specialist, if I have to. If its non emergency - like I want a referrral to my allergist, then I DO have to go in and pay him my $20 just to sit there and get the referral, though...

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    Yea, I don't understand what kind of insurance makes U go for a physical before they treat U for a specific problem. Strange.....
    I see your problem now and sympathize with you. I know it's common for us old codgers to say things were better in the past but, I think this is an example that bolsters our argument. It's hard to see how this is cost effective or benefits the patients - or even the physicians - medical insurance/management companies might get the most benefit, though.

    The "gatekeeper" concept where the patients had to go to a "primary care" physician to be referred to a specialist was just becoming the norm the last few years I practiced and I didn't think it was a good idea then. I'm glad not to be a part of it now. As a specialist in general and thoracic surgery, I saw all who made appointments and, if the problem wasn't surgical, most were just charged for an office call - or not charged at all.

    At any rate, I hope for the best for you. Many shoulder problems including even some fractures are best treated without an operation - usually with a good sling for a time.

    Good luck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by OJ View Post
    I may be too late with this and I'm sorry I didn't say it before. That's baloney (for want of a PC word). If you go to an orthopedic surgeon, they're not interested in doing physicals but they go directly to the problem. I've been retired 12 years now and am "old school" but I'm sure an orthopod would be glad to go directly to the problem and not fool around with irrelevant stuff.

    +100

    I have no problem in getting into see my orthopedist for my problem and he gets right to my orthopedic problem. Is there an immediate care facility near you? That may be a better option.

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    The physical is something I've always had to do when I just got insurance. I haven't had insurance in over a year, so I didn't have a doctor. The insurance requires you to have a physical to establish a doctor with your insurance plan, then they can do whatever. It is only a one time thing. But I have only had insurance a very, very short time right now. I can't do anything without establishing an actual doctor. The insurance won't cover urgent care or anything. The issue I am having is getting a doctor to do the physical and look at my shoulder on the same day, which the insurance allows. My insurance is also being shaky because while I was without I landed myself in the hospital and got a $4000 bill that I am still paying off (and they never did find out what was wrong with me then). I'm partly being punished for not having any insurance.

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    Ya, the lack of insurance certainly does suck. For all the surgeries I've had this last two years I thank God I'm covered, otherwise I'd be paying it off for the rest of my life.

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    I'm just glad I'm almost done with mine. I think my last payment is due in March, but I'll be calling this month to check on the balance. It's $310 a month I don't have. But it gets done.

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