Yep! Yesterday I went to meet the new GP that is taking over patients for my exiting GP. I wish I could say that I like her, loved her, felt confident in her abilities to help me make wise health choices.
She made me wait an hour and spent 8 minutes with me....during which time she 'examined' me (eyes, ears, throat with the light thing), went over my medications (which I had done with the nurse and hour before), asked why I saw a psychiatrist, which led to my suicide, which led to a lot of stupid questions that required (thankfully) one word answers. She thought I should go to a pain doctor after I told her about my poor experiences with pain doctors...yes, really!
She offered me nothing, other than to call if I change my mind about the pain doctor, and to come back in oh, I don't know, three months....NO!
On the bright side, I did get my flu shot, which was one of my primary reasons for going in the first place.
So I am in the market for a new GP, if my rheumatologist feels that I need to have one. I trust her, she is a real doctor, and I pray that she never lets the 'system' corrupt her into becoming a clock-watching, script-pandering, small-minded robot.
I am grateful for her, as well as my psychiatrist and therapists. They never neglect to keep my best interests at the forefront of my treatment.
It is hard enough to be a suicide survivor....I don't think it is a good idea to have a doctor that makes you want to kill yourself!
At least, at this point, I feel liberated from the 'system'...the 'system' has failed me too many times to count in the past year and a half.
It gives me a strange feeling of peace to know I don't have to go back there, where so many incompetent things transpired....so, like I've said before, don't settle for a doctor that isn't helping you or doesn't seem to be taking you down paths that are not in your best interest. Doctors are as plentiful as lawyers these days, and you are the customer, you get to choose...otherwise you might as well go to your county health department...you will probably have better luck there!