Need a New Rheumatologist
Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:10 PM
I have not posted for awhile. I just received the worst news ever today. My rheumatologist is no longer taking Medicare patients and I'm now officially a Medicare patient. I have seen him for over 5 years and he has helped me so much. My actual diagnosis is UCTD with many scleroderma markers. Hoping that you may have suggestions for a rheumatologist with knowledge of scleroderma.
Thank you for any assistance.
Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:06 PM
I'm really sorry that your rheumatologist isn't accepting Medicare anymore. There is a very major scleroderma center in Houston. Have you given them consideration?
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:40 AM
His office should at least make arrangements for you to be seen by someone else. And give you time to make the change.
Is there any chance that you have been caught in the office machinery and that he would not want this policy to apply to you?
Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:22 AM
Thank you again for listening and your responses.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:45 AM
I'm sorry to hear this. For about the last year, I've been worried about the same thing. My doctor has actually talked with me about it, and in each of his patient rooms he has a sign that talks about it, and encourages everyone to talk to the government about it. I've been seeing the same rheumatologist since diagnosis (almost 12 years) so I hope the same thing doesn't happen to me. I hope you find one that you truly connect with, and that can continue to help you.