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Old 06-15-2018, 18:42   #11
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I am going to leave the post alone, I am blowing it up on this end, somehow. Your fix did work, but I am fearful of double posting, and making things worse. I do agree with your sentiments though, and to me doctors develop a god complex.

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My favorite medical philosophy is one from Albert Schweitzer and one that we as patients want from our doctors. If i see that my Dr believes the wisdom so eloquently expressed below by Dr Schweitzer, then a partnership can grow.

"Green"]Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves."

Albert Schweitzer, M.D. -- Swiss physician, theologian and humanitarian; winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. (1875-1965.)

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When my doctor found out I was doing keto he said "just don't kill yourself".

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When I was diagnosed, my doctor specifically said to NOT make any drastic changes to my diet, so I didn't. He was also very supportive and gave me things to try.

Then 18 months later he retired. Of the three other doctors I've tried in that same practice, none of them have had a "warm and fuzzy" feeling. I'm going to give it one more try (in August for my 6 month checkup) and if I still feel the same way then I may look at changing.


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I don't despise doctors, but I don't like them all that much. It's extremely difficult to find a doctor who isn't using you just to get a paycheck from your insurance company. It's even more difficult to find a doctor who will actually listen to what you are saying instead of just bobbing his head while you are talking, and then ignore what you've just said.

I had a really nice doctor a few years ago. Nice guy, warm hands (lol). He listened and understood what you were telling him. He would go out of his way to do little things for you and not charge you for them. BUT....

He worked for a large hospital group and he HAD to use THEIR accounting department, which was corrupt as hell. They would charge you for the most idiotic things. I got charged stuff all the time that the doctor said was covered under my co-pay, but I got a bill regardless. I finally weaseled it out of him one day why I kept getting bills for stuff he said was covered. Thats when he told me about having to use the hospitals accounting dept. I told him I couldn't continue going there if I kept getting bills for stuff that was covered. He said he understood, but there wasn't anything he could do about it, as that was the "standard" of how doctors under hospital organizations did things. I was sad to have had to change doctors.

My next doctor (the one I have now) is also a super nice guy. He's young and works for a giant/mega hospital organization here. I've never had any billing problems, except for one, but they took care of it. He does listen to you and gives you time to talk, but he doesn't answer ALL of your questions. Like my toes going numb. I always ask about that and he ALWAYS changes the subject. Plus, he's 30 miles away on the other side of town (I used to live by there).

I've tried some other doctors on this side of town, but they are jackasses, or just plain freeking weird. And I'm not talking about funny weird, I'm talking about psycho weird.
So, I've kept to my long distance doctor.

I've found a doctor with high ratings online, right down the street where I live now, so my next appointment is with him. Although he is "old fashioned", he doesn't have a website or email. Thats fine with me, I just need a decent doctor who can answer my questions, take care of me, and isn't 30 miles away.


As far as doctors in general..........and diabetes is concerned...........NONE of them say the same things!

This doctor says I can't eat beans, bread, and fried foods.
The other doctor says I need to eat beans, but only eat wheat bread, and fried foods are ok, if just once in a while.

A previous doctor said no fruit, no table sugar, no dairy, no fats, no fried foods, no red meat, no pastries, and no fast food. I look at her and said "just shoot me now and get it over with".

I understand diabetes is different with each person, but this is ridiculous. No standardization of any kind in regards to treatments. With every doctor, it's something completely different from the previous ones.

I don't know whats worse.......having diabetes or having doctors.

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My GP that I kind-of liked left the practice last year-ish so I was transferred to another one. She was “ok” on the first 4-5 visits but the more I see her the less diabetes-literate she appears. She made some snide judgemental comment on my last visit that’s been stuck in my head ever since. I’m torn between trying to work with her or just looking for someone else. Grrrrr! Why are so many doctors so stupid?

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My GP that I kind-of liked left the practice last year-ish so I was transferred to another one. She was ďokĒ on the first 4-5 visits but the more I see her the less diabetes-literate she appears. She made some snide judgemental comment on my last visit thatís been stuck in my head ever since. Iím torn between trying to work with her or just looking for someone else. Grrrrr! Why are so many doctors so stupid?
I've never had a doctor who has been judgmental, but if I get the slightest "inkling" that the doctor I'm seeing doesn't know anything or doesn't care........I'm outta there.

I live right behind a mega hospital and thought it would be super awesome to find a doctor right there, so I wouldn't have to drive, and could see him any time.

Well, there was only one doctor listed on my insurance at this mega hospital, so I tried him. I'm one of these people that live by "three strikes, and you're out". So, I gave him three chances. He blew all three of them.

He was a jerk, and wouldn't even let me talk without interrupting me and running over what I was trying to say. On top of that, he kept me waiting while he cut up and flapped his yap for 30 minutes or more with all the other patients in all the other rooms. But when he got to me....it was "wham, bam, you're outta here".....he barely gave me 5 minutes. So, to hell with him. There's more doctors out there.

Doctors are like a buffet. You gotta keep trying different ones, until you find the one without the flies in the food. HA HA HA

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucele.../#2894d9041443

The majority of the time the doctor did not even ask the patient the purpose of the visit: 64% of primary care visits and 80% of specialist visits.

Even when doctors gave patients the opportunity to explain the purpose of the visit, most of the time doctors interrupted the patient: 19 (63%) of the 30 primary care encounters and 8 (80%) of the 10 specialty care encounters.
These interruptions came pretty quickly: a median of 11 seconds

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Just re-read the thread - I can certainly appreciate the comments.

Where I live you're assigned a doctor and your stuck with that person. We have a doctor shortage here - there have been times when Doctors come to the Island - everything appears to be fine and then in the dead of winter they do a midnight move and never come back - winters have that affect on people here LOL.

So we have a doctor shortage, most doctors here have too many patients and this results in me avoiding my doctor as much as possible because I simply don't need to see him - especially if he has thousands of patients who may need to see him and I'm also still tired of hearing him quote diabetes studies that were conducted 10 - 20 years ago.

At least my medical bills are covered most of the time ... That's the Canadian Healthcare system for ya.

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A good friend of mine is a General Practitioner with one of the big healthcare systems in town.

Very social guy; likes to build and maintain relationships with his patients. He believes it's part of the practice of medicine -- that if patients are intimidated by the process or have issues with authority (either giving it undue influence or tending to reject it), having rapport with patients is a way to their true condition and needs.

He continually is told by the people who manage him (and the other doctors in the practice) that he "spends too much time with patients". My own experience (beyond that of my friend) is that all GPs are terminally rushed. Which (along with a couple of other reasons) is why my primary-care provider is a Nurse Practitioner who gives me all the time I want.

I know we have forum members from countries outside the U.S.; is it the same in those healthcare systems? I don't mean to diverge this forum into a discussion comparing health systems. I'm just wondering if this symptom of "too little time" exists only in for-profit systems.

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