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Old 06-23-2019, 07:44 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.
Agree, have never been cut off by a doctor or NP. Having 30 minutes with a doc allows time for deeper discussions. Docs outside the system do cut appointments short....we have many in our neighborhood that had to go outside when TV went to their UHC association. Most changed because they had employer paid premiums but they have experienced declining levels as this place has grown. HC is a very personal choice.

I should add that the care within TV health care system is consistent from care center to care center. In the event your doctor retires or takes another offer, the system will find another doctor for you and all your records, history and specialists will be consistent. If that happens outside the system you might need to find another doc on your own in another practice unless it is one with some size.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:39 AM
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I have been told that after initial visit with primary dr in TVH system, you are probably going to see a PA in future visists??
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:17 AM
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I have been told that after initial visit with primary dr in TVH system, you are probably going to see a PA in future visists??
When you get a same or next day appointment, it will probably be with an NP or PA. For a hospital follow up, the appointment will likely be with an NP or PA too. For recurring or annual appoints it will likely be with your PCP. You can always get an appointment with your PCP but typically will take a month or more to get it scheduled.

Depending on what the NP finds or what the topic of your appointment is your PCP may end up joining in on it even though he was not scheduled.

BTW this was how it worked with the PCP we had in MA before we moved to The Villages.

Even though we don't all ways get an appointment with your PCP one time our PCP came in on his day off for an appointment with my wife because of the particular health issues she was having.

We've found the system at Villages Health works very well. We think the quality of care is excellent. Having on-time doctor appointments is great, it's something we have never had before.

But the best thing you might do is call one of the Health Centers and schedule a tour. You can ask those kinds of questions and get answers from the source.

But, many of our neighbors don't go to Villages Health and feel they are getting excellent care too, so make sure you check around.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:19 PM
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The doctors here are the worst. My husband is on his 4th primary doctor now in just 2 years. We have to go outside the Villages for some doctors. The hospital is even worse.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:52 PM
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When I go to see a dr - I want to see a dr, not a NP or PA - doesn't need to be "my" pcp, but a real dr.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:58 PM
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When I go to see a dr - I want to see a dr, not a NP or PA - doesn't need to be "my" pcp, but a real dr.
I agree. NPs and PAs do not have the same level of experience, knowledge, and accountability as MDs, and the copays and insurance reimbursement should be substantially less.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:07 PM
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When I go to see a dr - I want to see a dr, not a NP or PA - doesn't need to be "my" pcp, but a real dr.
You can request that....I don't agree that you only see a NP or PA following a hospital stay neither. This hasn't happened with my spouse. I prefer my NP as I saw her prior to TVH and followed her. She knows me and my issues. Most of the folks complaining, I will agree with the OP that stated this---are doing so because they carried ins. here from their employer or spouse's ins. and didn't want to change that. That's fine but it's not a reflection on TVH. What changed was an ins. issue and not anything to do locally. Stuff is changing nationally....so far we're happy to be here and it's been great to have our records following us if we see a specialist etc. Also the hospital can access them as well and you don't have to fill out MORE paperwork. You might if you continue seeing doctor's outside.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:44 PM
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The doctors here are the worst. My husband is on his 4th primary doctor now in just 2 years. We have to go outside the Villages for some doctors. The hospital is even worse.
So I assume you are now outside the system and don't use either of the Central Florida Health facilities?
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:43 AM
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I agree 100 %! We hate the thought of moving back to the cold but in New England we don't have to wait to see a specialist. My husband just got out of the hospital after being transported from Urgent care. Unfortunately his appointment was with the specialist the day after he was admitted was given to another patient. That was 4 weeks ago and he still hasn't been able to reschedule until the end of this month. The last thing the doctor at the hospital said to him was to see a specialist. He is still sick and this is NOT right..Oh yes they had him see a PA nurse that works at the Gastrologist office but was no help scheduled an appointment for the end of July! This is just so unbelievable-my husband should not have to suffer. The Villages keeps growing yet the medical profession is so screwed up.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:06 PM
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My spouse and I are both with The Villages Health. We're extremely happy with the plan and with our Primary Care Physicians. We've both had health issues and surgeries in the past 2 years - we picked the surgeon we wanted and felt we received excellent care. In the future if we have major heart issues we can go to The Cleveland Clinic... if cancer is in our future we can go to MD Anderson in Houston (both 'in network" and both are arguably the top center for that condition in the US). I'm sure there are good physicians around The Villages that aren't part of The Villages Healthcare. It's a personal choice. I'm just extremely selective about my PCP because I want someone very smart who will find issues early. I've found that at The Villages Health. I don't want to search locally to see if I can find someone as good outside of TVH. But again... people have found physicians they like. So it is a personal choice.
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