Enrolling for medical care

Possibly the lamest thing about no longer being a student is once again having to pay for doctor’s visits.

After my most recent medical mishap, I was all set to march over to the boy’s GP and sign up with him. Only I didn’t quite get around to it, and a good thing too considering we’re moving house and will no longer live near the practice.

Luckily, the other day I happened to be on campus and picked up a copy of the student mag. Lo and behold, there was an ad for a medical practice in town now accepting new patient registrations!

What does this mean? It means paying $15 for an appointment, rather than up to $50.

It also means my eczema better play nice, because $15 to get a prescription is just outrageous.

I was lucky as a child and rarely got sick. When I sprained my ankle and hurt my eye we made emergency runs to the Blockhouse Bay clinic up the road; otherwise we went to a somewhat random doctor in the Royal Oak mall probably once every few years (a 20-minute drive away).

Once I got to university though, it was hayfever and eczema all the bloody time, and occasionally a real ailment. The campus service wasn’t great for urgent care (the doctors were usually booked up to a couple of days ahead) but suited my needs just fine.

How long have you been with your doctor, and how did you find him/her?

7 thoughts on “Enrolling for medical care

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 11, 2010 at 18:37

    Ugh, don’t remind me. My mom’s medical care will cover me the rest of this year and then I’m on my own. NOT looking forward to paying that stupid $60 a month or whatever it is for CRAP medical care. My mom’s is AWESOME – even covers my birth control!

  • Reply Rina March 11, 2010 at 19:17

    I’ve been with my current doctor for……..oh man. Almost 10 years, I believe! My previous doc was the doctor I’d had since childhood, right after I was born. I found my current doc in the phone book, hehehehe.

  • Reply Tasha March 12, 2010 at 00:51

    I have changed twice and I don’t like either of them. I don’t feel listened to or being given the time to really analyze things, like what Dr. House does 🙂

  • Reply paranoidasteroid March 12, 2010 at 03:00

    Oh man, I never go to the doctor. Usually I pick whichever one is close to where I live, and stop by only if I need a referral!

  • Reply Stephany March 12, 2010 at 15:50

    I don’t have insurance. It costs too much to be on my mom’s insurance and my school’s insurance is ridiculous. There’s no way I could afford it. Luckily, I’m pretty healthy and haven’t needed to go to the doctor for anything in the past few years. But I can’t wait to get insurance and actually go to a doctor one day!

  • Reply The Asian Pear March 13, 2010 at 09:50

    I’ve had my doctor since I was 6 months old. What worries me is now that he’ll likely retire soon, who will be my doctor after him? How will I find one as there’s a big shortage nowadays.

  • Reply Revanche March 14, 2010 at 15:56

    Le sigh. For reasons you’ll soon discover, I’m going to have to find a new doc soon. I’ve been with this one for five years and he’s been really good about being responsive and available and generally a nice doc. For the ten years before him, I couldn’t get a single doc to take my arthritis-like pain seriously.

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