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posted at November 28, 2012 8:52 PM EST
posted at November 29, 2012 12:03 PM EST
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Perhaps someone could refer me to the right place if this is the wrong one. I am 62 and was recently "discharged" by my gynecologist's practice for -- they said -- having not had a checkup within the last year. I had been a patient of that practicce for over 30 years! The gynecologist had, several years ago, joined a sort of franchise in my area that seems to specialize in obstetrics and had become very busy. But then, I didn't take up much of her time! Has anyone ever heard of this happening? I have to wonder if I was eased out because I am approaching medicare age and am unlikely to provide much of a profit. I am kind of angry about this and wonder if it has happened to others.
Posted by Rhodes50
Call their office and speak with them. If that was a common reason, I would not have a doc at all -
Look them up on Medicare's doctor locator and see if the doc accept Medicare assignment - if they don't or are not listed, you should start looking for another now.
MEDICARE: Physician Compare
Another thing is that under Medicare, they like for you to have a personal care physician - General Practicioner, Internist, etc. So if you have one of those check him out on the locator too. GYN's have been a part of this group too but that could be changing.
Not all docs of any variety participate in the same insurance plan, government or private, so changes do happen all the time.
When you get on Medicare, if you chose a Medicare Advantage plan you have to use the docs in their network or pay more. Even under regular (Traditional) Medicare, no all docs participate in the programs and your out of pocket cost are much lower if you pick a doc that accepts Medicare assignment.
Knowing what docs are gonna do right now is puzzling, until stuff settles down in Washington and physicians know what rates they are gonna be receiving for participation in Medicare or even Medicaid, I just can't make a good call.
Some may retire, some may not participate some may go the "concierge" way. This is especially true of those providers that are and have been associated with primary care.