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Doctor Shopping Can Frustrate New Medicare EnrolleesBy Barry-Lee Coyne for Salem-News.com
We are entitled to much more; items such as the doctor's continuing medical education courses over the last five years so we can gauge how updated that MD elects to be.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Sometimes who your doctor happens to be can spell the literal difference between life and death, so that decision should never be taken lightly.
However, those newly enrolled in the Medicare system may find their former physicians do not accept Meduicare. For one reason or another, they may be forced to switch.
Doctor shopping is never a fun process. The way things are set up, it is not a consumer's market.
On the contrary, we are kept largely in the dark and the name of the game for Medicare providers is to push benefits given at reasonable prices without paying much attention to "quality control".
Call any Health Plan provider and check for yourself. What you can learn is:
1. The medical school attended and year of graduation;
2. Where and when the doctor's internship took place;
3. What malpractice claims were confirmed, if any.
This is superficial information at best. It fails to tell us anything about the quality of the physician we are asked to choose. Checking a roster by name means little, for how can we decide by name or location anything else that sheer convenience?
We are entitled to much more; items such as the doctor's continuing medical education courses over the last five years so we can gauge how updated that MD elects to be. The size of current patient load would be helpful to learn.
That would indicate how many other patients are jockeying for that physician's precious time.
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