As some of you know, I am not crazy about doctors. I've had some bad experiences. Nothing major like a misdiagnosis or anything; rather, mostly doctors with bad bedside manners who act like they're doing you a huge favor by seeing you after making you sit an hour in their waiting room. To be fair, I've had some great doctors, but a few bad eggs can leave a bad taste in general.
Anyways, it's a new year, so I figured it was time to make appointments for regular checkups and such. Since I'm relatively new to LA, I have been asking for referrals from friends and colleagues. Fortunately, I have insurance (supposedly 'good' insurance) so I thought I'd call and line up some appointments. Not so fast.
Half of the doctors I called aren't taking new patients. Another third don't take my insurance. One doctor doesn't take any insurance (she must be a real superstar). Finally, I was able to get some appointments, a month from now. Is that a good sign? I mean, I would prefer an appointment next week, but do only the sucky doctors have that kind of availability?
I can't imagine how scary it would be to have crappy insurance or no insurance. Everyone's talking about healthcare these days, reducing costs, expanding coverage. But is there a doctor shortage? I don't think you should have to have cancer or something in order to get an appointment.