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Doctors retiring with no notice

Posted by 10derheart on January 6, 2011, at 18:21:00

When I called to make a routine appt. with my PCP who I've been seeing for 2.5 years, his staff told me he retired a month ago. They seemed quite annoyed and impatient that I expressed surprise and asked if patients were notified.'s up to each provider and he didn't choose to do that. OK, then. How lovely. ( No I didn't say anything sarcastic tot he staff....not their fault, of course. I was just thinking of some choice comments I'd *like* to say...)

I don't think professions like medicine used to work this way. I don't know what's changed. It used to be more of a partnership and some unwritten rules, oh, like....common courtesy and decency.

It's not like a psychotherapist (see my thread on Psych for my own horror story there) or even a pdoc managing meds, a hugely individualized process for pts with MH conditions, IMO. It's not like we were 'close' or anything. I don't have some deep emotional attachment to the guy. But sheesh, there's a lot to be said for consistency and someone kinda knowing you a little bit, even if you're healthy and fortunate enough only to need to see them a few times a a year.

Sigh. So disconcerting and I don't need this right now. Tomorrow I get to meet some new guy who has 38 years experience (68 years old). I hope he's not mean. I wouldn't even go in but I need my HTN meds refilled and my pharmacy has been told 'no' by someone at the clinic. Guess that's to be expected when a doctor retires. Wish I had known to expect it.

MDD (presently in complete remission); ADD-Inattentive type; mild anxiety (not fomally dx'd)

Meds: Strattera 80 mg q day




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