Post # 1
Hi Bees….I’m trying to figure out my doctor situation and what other people do!
So my family had a family physician up until I went to college….my mom and I got into a disagreement with him and we haven’t been back since.
Now I usually go to the gynoologist every year for a pap and I have been trying to find the right one. But then I was thinking I should just find a “family physician” to go to for any health issues? I don’t know what to do. I could just continue to go to the gyn and then urgent care for other stuff? Or find a family doctor who can do both and physicals if need be?
What do you do?
And no, I don’t usually go to the doctor all that much…I’m just thinking for the future it would be nice to have a relationship with one who I could call and make appointments for just about everything!
Post # 3
Yeah, I see a general practitioner/family doctor. I see him annually since he also does my pap test rather than seeing a gyn for that, but beyond that I don’t go that often.
Post # 4
Back before I had a laundry list of medical problems necessitating endless specialist visits, I had one doctor who was a general practitioner who also did my pap tests. Since I have so many specialists now, I hardly ever see my primary care doctor but I do technically have one.
Post # 5
I have one doctor now Because I was tired of getting referred to all different kinds of specialists who didn’t talk to one another and because of that were unaware of my past issues, conditions, etc. I’m actually seeing a naturopathic doctor who handles everything, it’s fantastic!
Post # 6
Here in Ontario, Canada you need a Referral (and a very good reason) to see a Specialist… the rest of the time you just see a Family Doctor or GP. Some of us have GPs that we consider “our own” and some of us just go to the Local Walk-In Clinic for treatment… partly it is a choice… and partly in some areas of the country there is a Dr shortage.
I currently don’t have a Family Doctor… as it is one of the many changes that has come about due to my marriage. Mr TTR has informed his GP that I am search of a Doctor… they have volunteered to take me on… so I will no doubt see them within the next few months / year for my annual.
I miss having more access to Specialists, particularly a Gyn. I came from a Province where everyone had a Gyn, whereas in Ontario you depend on your GP for annual healthcare and just see a OB/Gyn if you are pregnant or have a particular issue. I miss having a Gyn, as I do felt that having a specialist was better care overall.
Post # 7
@maplemag: Ooooh I’ve been thinking about a naturopath doctor for awhile….I like a blend of natural and modern medicins, but lean towards natural whenever possible. I’ve been frustrated at my gynocologists so far, because they are quick to shove birth control pills down my throat for all of my “issues”. I have no problem with other people using them, but I have tried twice and my body does not fuction well on them. I wonder if a naturopath would be better for me??
@This Time Round: Interesting! I love hearing the differences between US and Canada. I am glad your DH’s general doctor will take you in! That’s too bad you don’t have the freedom to go to a gyn if you wanted to, but you also have “free” healthcare too so that must be nice!
Post # 8
@laurel946: I can tell you that I am 100% satisfied with my naturopathic doctor so far. I had experienced so many doctors not listening to me and trying to convince me to take medicines on top of other medicines without fully investigating or even knowing the root of the issue.
I like being in control of my own health too! My doc listens and she asks, do you think this is something you’re willing to do, eat, change. It’s amazing!
Post # 9
TO @laurel946: lol, don’t get me wrong… having FREE healthcare is the ultimate
(As someone who has it, I find it sooo sad that America hasn’t discovered yet how GREAT this can be… sure you pay more in tax, but it is there cradle to grave…. no more $ 16 K babies… or tales of folks going bankrupt to get the healthcare they need to stay alive… that stuff just boggles my mind)
Our Family Doctors, GPs and Clinic (or ER) Doctors are great… if someone needs more, then you get more. Just that Specialists use their time / our resources to treat folks who actually have issues (so any GP can do a Pap Smear… makes sense… when you think about it)
The folks who need the OB / Gyno for their “expertise” get access to that.
I have been spoiled because I came from a Province where Women’s Healthcare was treated differently… everyone had access to an OB / Gyno… as in that Province it was seen as something that was a higher priority (lol, probably related to the fact that that Province also has one of the lowest birth rates in Canada… so maybe their Provincial coffers would like to see that data change)
Post # 10
I wish I had a regular doctor, but I haven’t really had one since I was a kid (stopped seeing my pediatrician when I was about 13). I have an OB/GYN and a psychiatrist but no GP. There’s a guy I’ve seen a few times for issues since I moved to LA, but he’s more of an emergency place than a regular doctor. I need to get on that, but it takes such effort :-/
Post # 11
I like having a primary care doc, they send me to the gyno for special issues, but I still get my pap and stuff and also go see the same doc for when I have a UTI or a sore throat or whatever.
Post # 12
@This Time Round: that is so interesting and makes sense! Thank you for your insight and explaining how it all works up there!
@maplemag: wow that sounds incredible! So I just realized you are from mn?? If that’s true you should message me the name of your naturopath so I can check it out 🙂 if you don’t mind!
Post # 13
I think the best thing would be to start getting to know one family doctor in particular. I picked my doctor’s office just because it was close to home. I had always been seen by a physician’s assistant at the practice, but once I had to go in for an emergency visit, and my guy was busy, so they placed me with a random doctor. That is probably the best thing that could have happened to me. This guy is amazing, and he has been the only doctor to listen to me so far about my health issues and concerns! It helps that he gets to know each individual patient. I used to have to reexplain all of my problems for my doctor because they don’t take the time to remember or at least look at the chart. This guy comes in and will ask, “did those meds help your headache?” or whatever was the last reason that I came in even if it was months in the past.
I am actually not old enough to have to visit a gyno yet LOL, and I am dreading it! My family doc doesn’t do anything like that, so he will be recommending me to a gyno just like he recommends me to specialists for any other problems. If he believes something is beyond just the common cold or a simple prescription then he will not hesitate to send me elsewhere.
I just think it’s good to have a say in who is treating you. If you go to an urgent care facility you usually just get whoever is on duty during that particular shift. Whether we like it or not medicine is a business today, and doctors are employed by you. That being said they should work hard to keep you happy with their services. It isn’t even out of the question to “interview” a few different doctors and practices. I don’t mean like sitting down and asking questions, but just having appointments with a few different people for minor ailments to see who is your best fit. When you are in a necessary appt it doesn’t hurt to ask them questions!
Post # 14
I have a primary care dr and then a slew of specialists. In an ideal world, I’d have my primary care dr coordinate care but that’s not happening. My primary care dr sometimes does my paps but she’s who I see for general issues. I had to do a follow up after my latest allergic reaction, and I went w/ her.
Post # 15
Currently the only medical professional I see regularly is the nurse practitioner at my OB/GYN’s office. Very rarely have I ever had to see a family doctor or GP. In the off chance I do need to go, I would just visit a minute clinic or urgent care. I don’t see the harm in cultivating a relationship with a GP, but for me it hasn’t been necessary.
Post # 16
@beetee123: “I am actually not old enough to have to visit a gyno yet” ACK! You’re never too young! I’m sure you don’t mean there’s an age limit to have a visit, so I wanted to clarify!
As long as you’re menstruating you’re old enough, to verify everything is working well. Though most don’t til they are 16 or 18, or having sex… and realistically who wants to bother if you’re not having any problems and aren’t having sex! 🙂
Even small children can have gyno visists if there’s been accident trauma or abuse.
As far as your original question: I haven’t visited a doc in 4 years (eek). When I had insurance I’d have a general practitioner (yearly physicals) and a gyno. I felt you got more quality time that way and the womens exam was done by someone who specialized in it and you could ask more complicated questions… without asking them to the person you see for a sore throat or ear infection lol.