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GP's like everybody come in all levels of competency .Fortunately although we have had several over the last ten years because thet keep changing to specialists ,they have been pretty good. Our present one is in a group specializing in the elderly and is very good. We should be sure the GP we use listens and keeps abreast of advances so they can refer us to appropriate specialists or for tests .
In Response to Re: Gerontoligists:
I used to go to a GP, prior to their complete fumble of my kidney problems resulting in permanent damage. I'm not sure if GP's in general are so disorganized as mine was, but I'm finding internal med people much more knowledgeable, and able to get ahead of a problem where the GP was 6 months to a year behind, a terrible communicator, and ensured my first real visit to a hospital was absolutely necessary where it could have been avoided by just a decent diagnosis.
Actually, without the acupuncturist I saw, I might be dead or on dialysis by now- just a stroke of good luck that she saw something the big important MDs/ urolgists, didn't.
I would say go find a doctor that pays attention, which is most important, then one that knows what folks over 60 are more likely to contract. If you don't like the way they communicate, fire them. I did.
Best of luck
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