is this how it's supposed to work?
October 23, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
Am I wrong about how primary care vs. specialists works or is my doctor's offfice badly managed?
posted by Jahaza to health & fitness (22 answers total)
Three times now I've called my doctor's office with minor problems (some of which may become major if not treated) and they can never see me promptly. This time it's boils on my elbow that are looking angrier by the day. My doctor can't see me until Nov. 5 and the receptionist tells me that's OK because I need a dermatologist anyways. She's not really qualified to tell me that over the phone and I've been succesfully treated for this in the past (several years ago) without seeing a specialist.
Plus, it's more expensive for me to see a specialist. What if I had Aetna's HMO plan instead of Open Access (that lets me see specialists without a referral)? Would my only options then be wait until Nov. 5 and risk blood poisoning or go to the ER (for 20 times the cost of a primary care visit)?