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The only way we should be restricted from using more then one doctor is if all doctors graduated tops in their class, and we were sure they knew what they were talking about.
It was some time back when my son was a little boy and was having trouble hearing that this happened. The first doctor wanted to slit his ear drums and insert tubes to allow drainage of liquid from the middle ear. Because of trouble I had with my right ear from a pin hole in the ear drum since I was born, I would not allow this. So we took him to three other doctors all but the last wanted to do the same as the first.
The last said all he needed was to have his adenoids out, which had grown over the opening of the eustation tube that allows drainage to the throat. This doctor saw what was causing the problem, and today he hears just fine.
You were wise to persue for answers with second-third opinions.
I had something occur where I had opinions of 3 doctors and only the ER doctor got it right. Not every one doctor has seen everything or knows everything. If my Primary doesn't get it right or I don't like the sounds of what he says ----of course I'm going to move on to another.
I have been very satisfied with my HMO through Medicare. I have the same doctors and hospitals as a friend who pays extra to BC/BS. I don't need referrals for preventive care. I haven't had a problem with bills getting paid and I had some huge ones last year and it only cost me out of pocket a hundred dollars. My meds are free.
What I don't understand about it - -is why different states have different coverages. Sometimes I feel each state is like living in a different country.