Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 11, 2013 2:23 PM
E-mail from Kim:
"I hope there will be an component to this (health reform) to encourage ALL people to have well-patient appointments, especially for people in their younger years."
"I am a healthy, active 47 year old and I don't like doctors, so I never really had one that I visited for the well patient visits, and thus had no relationship with a doctor. Then about 18 months ago, I started having weird symptoms. I have visited several doctors who sort of listen to my symptoms, order tests and tell me I am fine. Because they don't know me, they don't know if I am a hypochondriac or someone seeking medications. I now regret that I was so confident in my good health that I did not visit a doctor regularly and establish a relationship. I still suffer these bizarre symptoms, I am tired of explaining my symptoms and getting no response. I don't know what to do and now I just wait for the symptoms to get bad enough that someone will try to figure out what is wrong. At that point my healthcare may get much more expensive than if a little effort were put into a diagnosis and treatment now and possibly prevent the issue from getting worse. I have heard of many people with this situation. I hope the programs you speak about will encourage all people to establish a relationship with a GOOD general practitioner so if symptoms arise, a good plan of diagnosis can be established."