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  • #872876

    anonyme
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    Hopefully in West Seattle, or easily reachable by bus. Must accept Medicare assignment. Female preferred.

    When I became Medicare “eligible” (a strange word to apply to something mandatory) I began looking for a primary care doc. Most do not accept Medicare, and those who do only do so on a limited basis. Never dreamed this would be such a nightmare. I’m having what I believe are TIA’s, with “hypertensive crisis”. Urgent care out of the question.

    I know this post is a long shot, but I’m out of time, energy, and options. If anyone has a suggestion, I’d appreciate it.

    #872897

    miws
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    If she were taking new patients, and if you were in my neighborhood to be fortunate to have the one bus (kind of a milk run, though) ride up there, I’d suggest my primary at Harborview.

    In any case, good luck to you on this, anonyme.

    Mike

    #872898

    JTB
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    If you know what TIA’s are and are experiencing them now, that calls for an ER visit. If you have a systolic bp of 180 or higher or a systolic of 120 or higher, that’s indeed a hypertensive crisis and also warrants a trip to an ER.

    If you just feel like your bp is up, that may or may not be a hypertensive crisis. The bp machine at QFC pharmacy and probably similar places can give you a decent read out.

    Swedish Comprehensive Care (formerly Minor and James Medical) has a number of female primary care providers, but that clinic isn’t open on weekends. They do accept Medicare.

    #872948

    JanS
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    anonyme. If you can get to the Polyclinic at 7th and Madison, my PCP, a woman, is there. She literally saved my life in 2004 (free mammo where they found cancer – I had no insurance at the time)she left Seattle for Santa Fe, missed it, came back, and joined the Polyclinic family medicine group. My nephrologist is just down the hall. I love this woman,and couldn’t ask for a better doc. Her name is Betsy Brown.(she said that Ms. DeVos, of trump fame , is giving Betsy’s a bad name – lol) You could find her bio on the Polyclinic website. I just saw her last week, and asked if she was seeing new clients, so, yes, she is.I’m on Medicare, no problem. Hope you find who works for you. :) Please, please, please take care of this. Swedish takes Medicare…ER..yes, I’m very familiar with their ER, with this kidney transplant and all. If you are admitted because of this, there is no copay for you. If not admitted, the copay is not very high, I think around 75 bucks. Have been on Medicare for 7 years now. Got questions? email me at mmfeelgood at gmail dot com

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    #872951

    JanS
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    anonyme, also…if concerned about transportation, I recommend Hyde Shuttle, a senior service…it’s not for emergencies or weekends, need to schedule at least 3 days in advance, but it’s free (donation), and they take you, bring you back, don’t have to be concerned about parking. Again..got questions? See above :)

    #872969

    anonyme
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    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

    Jan, I will give Betsy a call; she sounds exactly right.

    JTB, I do know exactly what’s going on, and normally an ER visit would be justified. What’s not justified is the cost, so I have to take my chances. That’s just reality for a whole lot of people in my situation.

    #873387

    Jeannie
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    And Medicare is in jeopardy, thanks to the trump administration. PLEASE be sure to call or email Senators Murray and Cantwell in support of saving Medicare (and Medicaid).

    #873398

    JTB
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    anonyme, I’m pretty sure Medicare covers ER visits although you would have a co-pay. But that’s also the case for most outpatient care under Medicare. Take care.

    #909860

    ElizabethLivingston
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    I think you need to search online in your local area will help.

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