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Old 03-19-2019, 10:38 AM is offline
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Our Son was seen by a Village Health Care Internist who detected an irregular heartbeat. Was sent to Villages Cardiologist who reviewed CT scan and confirmed a birth defective Aortic Valve and an aneurysm. Sent to Surgeon and had the valve replacement, etc and was told to see his internist and cardiologist within 1 -2 weeks following discharge. Tried to make appointments only to be told - they could not see him for approximately 8 weeks! This is NOT acceptable. Have others experienced this issue with the Villages Health Care System? Our son decided to drive to Orlando where he could receive timely health care!
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:07 AM
JoMar JoMar is offline
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Too many patients, not enough's a math thing. Attracting quality is not easy here, quantity only is not a solution. You say not acceptable without a suggestion for how to make it acceptable...magic wand excluded. This is a great place but it is not utopia. Be thankful that your son found what he needed just a short drive away.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:12 AM
NotGolfer NotGolfer is offline
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I would say 1st call the referring dr. and tell them what happened. You could also be put on a cancellation list. Something similar happened with my husband and all was well---but the cardiologist we wanted was popular and busy. We opted to wait (it wasn't a dire need anyway) til we could get him in.
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:03 PM
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villagetinker villagetinker is offline
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One of the reasons we left the Villages Health system.
Pennsylvania, for 60+ years, most recently, Allentown, now TV.
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by villagetinker View Post
One of the reasons we left the Villages Health system.
Not just the Villages Health System it happened to me with an outside group.
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:58 PM
Carla B Carla B is offline
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Yes, same with outside group. When we want to see our internist for a complaint we are referred to their Urgent Care office. We haven't had that issue with specialists, however. Last Thursday/Friday my husband got appts with his urologist, cardiologst, and gastroenterologist for the following Monday and Tuesday. One of them found the problem
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Old 03-19-2019, 04:45 PM
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You need to increase the number of people going into the health field and I am afraid that the number of potential customers will increase faster than we can attract and train health care providers.
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:13 PM
Dan9871 Dan9871 is offline
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My wife is in Villages Health and has been to the hospital a many times, including once to get an aortic value. She has always been able to get hospital followup appointments with her Villages Health PCP and Cardiologist in less than two weeks. Sometimes it was an appointment with an NP but on some of those appointments her PCP joined the the NP for the appointment even though he wasn't scheduled to see her.

We've found Villages Health, both PCP's and Specialists, very responsive to things we needed, even accommodating us at the very last minute.

Have you talked with the Patient Service Representative at the care center your son's doctor is at?
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:53 PM
Northwoods Northwoods is offline
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Originally Posted by villagetinker View Post
One of the reasons we left the Villages Health system.
Cardiologist is "fee for service"... Anyone can go to them, not just TV Health. So unfair to "blame" TVH.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:26 AM
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While being treated by a Ortho Dr at Villages Specialty Center, he would tell me to make a appt in 2 weeks. But when I went to the desk, they could never honor his order in a timely manner.
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