Dearth of doctors

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Recently, there have been a number of articles in the newspaper about the dearth of primary care doctors in Hawaii and other parts of the United States.  What will happen when ObamaCare kicks in, and too many new patients inundate these doctors?  Will it be difficult for us to make appointments in a timely fashion?

Well, I hope not.

I am very pleased that Straub Clinic is very quick to post my lab results on the Internet within a few hours of drawing my blood.

Good news, folks!  My lab results all fall within the normal range – except for my Triglycerides, which are really high (252).  Ugh.  It looks like I’ll have to stop eating ice cream, cream soups, cream pies, and pizza.  If I don’t and if my Triglycerides continue to rise, my arteries will harden and lead to heart disease.  I have an appointment with my internist on July 1, and he might prescribe medication to bring my lab score down.

Other than the Triglycerides, I seem to be in good health.  No diabetes, no cancer, and no heart disease (yet).  Of course, there are other minor health issues, but they are being controlled by medication.

Are you pleased with your primary care doctor and clinic?  Do they release lab results quickly?  Do they use the computer to store your medical records, or do they still use pen and paper?  Are you able to make an appointment quickly, or is there a backlog of patients?

I hope you are well.

8 Responses to “Dearth of doctors”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    Since we all seem to be living longer these days, health provision is badly in need of review right across the world.

  2. Christine Says:

    we have a problem finding new family doctors in Toronto. Mine, I’ve had since the early eighties. Happy to hear you are in good health, but you do have to take care of that triglyceride score. Gosh that’s all the good food that you have to avoid. I have high blood pressure controlled by meds.

  3. laurie Says:

    we don’t have enough docotrs here in the north, I have a nurse practitioner instead and its very hard to see her.My husband just had heart surgery and we had to travel hundreds of miles for it (they flew him in helicopter) , we are too far north, no body wants to practise medicine this far from the big cities, I am so glad you tests came out well, take care my faraway friend,

  4. Jeanie Says:

    The doctor I had for years quit practicing medicine about a year ago and I have only seen my new doctor once. It took a long time and a phone call from me to get my lab results.

  5. Olga Says:

    I just read in the paper today that Vermont has the highest ratio of primary care physicians to population. Both my husband and I have excellent primary doctors, but they are super busy.
    Take care of yourself. Good health is a gift.

  6. DJan Says:

    I go to a clinic that posts my lab results on line the same day. I get an email letting me know it’s there, and the good part is I can go back from year to year to see how the results compare with previous ones. I love it! And I’m very happy with my doctor, too. When he’s not available, I see someone else in the same office.

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I’ve had the same doctor for 30 years and he’s getting old along with his patients. For most things he refers me to specialists. He only treats older people as he has taken no new patients (except Medicare) in years. I have my blood work done at our local hospital. My Dad had high trigycerides from his Diabetes. So far so good with me. Of course I take several meds that help and I’ve lost 20 pounds and hope to lose more. Dianne

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    My primary care doctor is part of a local clinic that is part of a larger non-profit cooperative. we are very happy with the service we get – same day online test results, fairly accessible appointment dates, easy referrals for specialists, full monitoring of medications, tests needed, etc.

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