Doctor, Dentist, Indian Chief
August 4, 2012 2:05 PM Subscribe
Good afternoon. I am in the market for a doctor, of the general practitioner variety, a dentist and a new laboratory in NYC. Any referrals you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
posted by jason's_planet to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Now, for the specifics:
All three of these should be located in, or convenient transit rides from, the West Village or Western Queens (i.e. Astoria, Woodside, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights).
1. The doctor must be in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network. He or she should have decent social and communication skills. I'm looking for someone who views the doctor-patient relationship as a partnership, not the old-timey command-and-control model. The doctor should also be able to respect my decisions not to pursue certain medical choices (i.e. saw palmetto vs. proscar).
2. The dentist should accept Blue Cross and Aetna dental insurance. He or she should also have a positive, or neutral attitude, towards wisdom teeth. The last dentist I visited wanted to extract all of my wisdom teeth, three of which were perfectly healthy, because of an issue with one. When I declined to give permission for this, she wanted me to sit around for a browbeating session from her senior partner in the business. This behavior made me uncomfortable and I don't want to experience it again. So . . . yeah, a good dentist, who takes my insurance and respects my right to make decisions about my oral health.
3. Every few months or so, I have to have blood drawn because of a medication I take. The last two times, I've visited a LabCorp franchise in my neighborhood and had . . . not so great experiences. The first time, they were overwhelmed with walk-ins and disorganized; I wound up waiting much longer than I preferred, even with an appointment. The second time, the phlebotomist treated me with contempt because I was a little anxious about needles. And then he had the nerve to ask me to provide positive feedback for him on the company's website. So . . . I'm looking for a lab where the staff are not pushy, socially challenged assclowns, are organized, and where I won't have to invest forty-five minutes of my day in a five-minute medical errand. (Before I forget: --also in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network).
These are the three things I need in my life right now. If you can point me in the right direction, I will be very grateful, think warm thoughts of you and maybe even give you a best answer!