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Doctor shortage?

June 29, 2013

Dr. Dinh Vu had just finished up his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey when he decided to bring his family practice skills to Marietta....

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Jul-02-13 11:10 AM

encinoman the need for health care has preceded Obama care. 30,000,000 million going to appear overnight to seek medical care just because of the affordable care act

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Jul-01-13 10:58 PM

we have had all of the above sorts of incidents here as well. try getting a physician referral from MMH. Takes weeks for them to call back and months to get an appointment. we now drive elsewhere to get decent medical attention.

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Jul-01-13 10:37 AM

The 'guys in suits' syndrome- a v 'western' phenomenon- is encroaching everywhere- because if there is 'money' to be made...then all is fair. While Obama clearly means well- intertwining the two is so big and complex- and factoring in the aging population- a conundrum. The baby boomers in suits failed...miserably.

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Jun-30-13 10:47 AM

It's foolish to use a broad brush when describing the quality of physicians in the Marietta area. There are several excellent physicians in the area. There also some who I'm sure finished at the bottom of their medical school classes, and who squeaked by on the licensing boards. I have experienced both.

I have several serious medical conditions but I don't go to the doctor unless it's necessary. My conditions/diseases are managed by out of the area doctors. But I need a primary care doc. What I've grown tired of is having several problems that need addressed but being able to only address one at my appointment. I've had to wait long periods of time to see the doc, who's a really nice guy, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Mistreating me could kill me so it's been tough to find a primary care or internist to take me. Plus I'm poor and even though I have Medicare I'm a very slow pay for my 20%.

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Jun-30-13 10:06 AM

Good information encinoman. I'm finding it very difficult at the moment though to process that 100K raise to the CEO. Just repulsive considering the world of hurt he has brought on so many good people.

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Jun-30-13 12:46 AM

Also, checking the Form 990 for the Memorial Health Care Physicians indicate why Marietta is a lucrative place for doctors. Not one in the top 5 makes less than $800K a year.... hospital owns the practice, supplies the staffing and office space.

And it's going to get tougher and tougher to be seen; Obama just added 30 million plus insured without adding a single physician or provider.

The quality of care will go down further, appointments more difficult, hospitals, urgent care centers, out patient centers will become congested, waits will be longer. It's going to get worse.

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Jun-30-13 12:31 AM

One line in the story about an increase in the number of insured "is likely to grow in the next year as millions more newly-insured Americans are expected to become covered" is kind of funny. They'll be in violation of the law if they DON'T get insurance and they'll be "taxed" (read: fined) by Obama.. even though he said unequivocally that no American will see their taxes raised "not one dime" if they make less than $250K a year.

MMH is just doing what will net them more money and keep physicians on staff; buying practices and continuing to monopolize the health care industry in the MOV. They are, after all, the biggest employer in the area, at or near 2000. They've been getting federal reimbursement at a metropolitan rate rather than rural even though their expenses are rural. The CEO got a 100K raise in 2011 and the top highest employees garner over $2M in salary, total (not individually.) All this is in their IRS Form 990 for public exam.

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Jun-29-13 7:34 PM

bwc511 you said, "Want a better place.... start addressing all this racism, homophobia and general hate of anything from outside the hills."

I was trying to make a point that I know of no utopia in the U.S. that is free of capitalism and the other things you mentioned. Other than in some fantasy land.

Ha, yeah Rush does call me occasionally for material to use on the show. :) Not!

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Jun-29-13 3:53 PM

Rocker were you trying to make a point, or was your point to make a Rush Limbaugh type comment? If so, I agree that you did just that.

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Jun-29-13 2:46 PM

bwc511- I hear the planet Euphoria has no racism or hate, and the skools are good too.

The bad part is the planet is covered in pixie and fairy dust. So it gets very dusty when a herd of Unicorns run by. :))

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Jun-29-13 12:07 PM

Why would doctors want to locate here? Sure downtown Marietta is quaint, but the schools and politics turn more people away than they attract. They cannot even retain our own youth who grow up to become professionals. This is reality, people, and the very spirit of capitalism. You get what you can compete with... Want a better place.... start addressing all this racism, homophobia and general hate of anything from outside the hills.

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Jun-29-13 11:41 AM

If you think its bad now, just wait until this nightmare called obamacare fully takes effect.

Ha, heartburn medicine and muscle relaxers for a sinus infection? I heard the medical field was being dumbed down but that is ridiculous.

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Jun-29-13 11:36 AM

MMH is GREAT about taking money, especially at Glenwood's Independent living facilities but absolutely IMMORAL when it comes to returning the deposit back to the estate after the death of one of their patsies, er sorry, clients. Should it really take nearly TWO years to do so? According to them, yep. Not only that, they LIE like a rug about it. Do yourself a favor if you ever run into the same problem when dealing with these shysters. Tape record your conversations with them, it can come in quite handy when you have to start threatening to sue them for their reluctance to return what is not their money.

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Jun-29-13 9:31 AM

Dr. Vu is very nice, professional and quite competent when I needed to be seen at Physician's Care. Welcome to the area, Dr. Vu!!

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Jun-29-13 8:55 AM

Why bother trying to have a primary "family" style doctor? We moved to the area, after finally finding one who would take a new patient, they will only see you at their convenience. MMH has some how monopolized the system and now Drs only see about 10 – 12 patients a day. For example, I called on a Monday morning, when I was having flu like symptoms. Dr’s office said, “We can see you Thursday at 11”, I said I am sick now. They said, “Then go to urgent care.” That has happened more than once with our family, they all push you out to Urgent or Physicians Care.

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