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Old 06-21-2019, 11:19 PM
franybill franybill is offline
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Thinking of relocating in the near future to the villagesAnd wanting information on finding a new primary physician. Can anyone share their experience?
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:34 AM
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:48 AM
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We choose to go to a doctor at Villages Health when we first moved here. It took over two months to get our first appointments. From talking with some of our neighbors, I think it takes longer now. After that, we could get and an appointment the same day but almost always with an NP, but if the NP found something grave, our primary doctor joined the NP at the meeting. Appointments are just about always on time, and there is no rush to finish them.

My wife has had some severe health issues, and we feel our doctor and Villages Health has done an excellent job taking care of her. We have been satisfied with the Villages Health.

In any case, there are lots of doctors and groups of doctors down here, and it might take a few tries to find the one you want. We were lucky and liked our first choice, but I know some of our neighbors went through a couple of doctors before they found one they felt did a good job for them.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:45 PM
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OP, the first thing you need to do is to become familiar with the health care here. The Villages Health ONLY takes 3 specific ADVANTAGE plans (if you are over 65) and does NOT take Medicare and supplemental. Contact Florida SHINE SHINE - Home to get specific information. They have meetings in the villages, or you can call. If you go with Medicare, you will NOT be able to use The Villages for primary health care doctor, you may be able to use their specialist (all very confusing). If you go with the UHC ADVANTAGE plans, you may have trouble finding the specialist that you want to use, this happened to us, so we left and went back to Medicare. NOTE: there are very specific restrictions on going back to Medicare.
In any case you need to educate yourself on the health care here, the villages health care works very well for some people and not so well for others. Also, if you travel a lot, make sure you carefully review coverage with the ADVANTAGE plans, when we were looking into these, we discivered (a few years ago) the entire state of Colorado was NOT covered at all.
SHINE will help a lot witj the info you need.
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Old 06-23-2019, 01:32 PM
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Thinking of relocating in the near future to the villagesAnd wanting information on finding a new primary physician. Can anyone share their experience?
We are ex-New Yorkers an had access to debatably, the finest hospitals in the world. The Villages, you are not likely to have access to the person who wrote the book on it whatever it is.
Most patients are on medicare. Your care, is dictated by medicare. For example, a doctor is expected to see a patient every 15 minutes-4 an hour. The doctor comes in to see you.
You say hello and you've used up half of the allowed time.

My opinion, many doctors around here are simply burned out.
It is a tough job. Too many of your customers are sick and too many die each week.
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Old 06-23-2019, 01:53 PM
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We choose to go to a doctor at Villages Health when we first moved here. It took over two months to get our first appointments. From talking with some of our neighbors, I think it takes longer now. After that, we could get and an appointment the same day but almost always with an NP, but if the NP found something grave, our primary doctor joined the NP at the meeting. Appointments are just about always on time, and there is no rush to finish them.

My wife has had some severe health issues, and we feel our doctor and Villages Health has done an excellent job taking care of her. We have been satisfied with the Villages Health.

In any case, there are lots of doctors and groups of doctors down here, and it might take a few tries to find the one you want. We were lucky and liked our first choice, but I know some of our neighbors went through a couple of doctors before they found one they felt did a good job for them.
I did not publish my doctors name. Unfair of me-perhaps. I do like him. Perhaps, like publishing your favorite fishing spot and the next time you go there finding it full of trash, old beer cans etc.

Choosing a doctor is in the end a matter of personality. You mention your doctor seeing you as scheduled. The reason why some doctors around here always keep you waiting is truly simple-overbooking. It is true that emergencies can pop up unexpectedly. You as a patient should understand that.
Humanity, simple good manners calls for just saying I'm sorry you were kept waiting.

The best way to find a good doctor is to ask a medical professional. I'm not sure why. Perhaps law but it is very difficult to get medical people to comment about others. So we are stuck with opinions from your neighbors who may not be at all qualified to judge.
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Old 06-23-2019, 01:54 PM
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At Villages Health Medicare appointments are almost always on time and are scheduled for a half hour. Neither my wife nor I have had ever had a doctor cut off an appointment to get to another patient.
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:22 PM
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I've been with Premiere Medical for primary care and am now with Florida Heart (FHV) for primary care. Never in 9 years have I been rushed out of an office visit at either place. I also go to Citruss Cardiology twice a year and never rushed out of there. Good doctors all around TV. Do not need to use Villages Health System to get good care.
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:51 PM
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At Villages Health Medicare appointments are almost always on time and are scheduled for a half hour. Neither my wife nor I have had ever had a doctor cut off an appointment to get to another patient.
We too, go to The Villages Health and don't have complaints at all. I have some serious health issues and have found providers that have taken great care of me, and them. Anyone can go to the Specialty Clinic, which some will say you can't. You may need a referral however. You will hear A LOT of folks using disparging remarks about the health-care here. I have spoken with dr's about that and resoundedly the comments come back with "Those folks will find those things anywhere!" I have to agree. The Villages would be considered a more rural area, despite the growth here. It's NOT a metropolitan area with a university or a teaching hospital. People move here from places like that and are used to the care they always had "up north", or wherever they moved from. I personally believe that here, things are improving from when we 1st moved here.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:34 PM
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Hi there, We've had The Villages Healthcare for 4 years now and can't complain at all. From surgeries to 6 month checkups, it's all good. We have the $80 each a month with eye, dental included. $0 for primary doctor, $15 for a specialist, no referrals needed in network. Beautiful facilities in various areas of The Villages with very little wait time when you check in. Most people that complain about the insurance have insurance from their employers or spouses and don't want to change so they nock the system but we for two have appreciated the care. By the way they have a $0 a month plan available as well in which you pay a little more for specialist and higher yearly out of pocket cost, I think $5,000. I don't work for them, you asked and this is our opinion. Good luck with your search and your move to this wonderful place.
Jerry and Teri Lea
Healthcare Providers - The Villages Health
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