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[IP] Long-distance doctor?

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 14:16:41 -0600
From: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] Long-distance doctor?

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Hi all -
I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on whether it's practical to see
an endocrinologist in another town? We live in a small West Texas city
(pop. 100,000) but there's only one endo, and he's not on our insurance
plan. We've been seeing him for several years, w/no problems, but with 2
pumpers in the family it's extremely expensive to pay for it out of
pocket! The nearest pump docs who take Blue Cross are in Lubbock, about
150 miles away. It would be a hassle to drive - the kids ! would have to
miss school, etc -- but financially it would be much easier.
Alternatively, could our local Family Doc handle things with Minimed?
Anyone have any experience?

Suzie Hi Suzie!  We also live in a small town and travel about 160 miles
to see my daughter's endo.  He is a pediatric endo, diabetic himself, and
pumping for 2 plus years.  It is a definate advantage to go to a big city
and see a specialist.  It seems that I know more than our local
pediatrician in treating Amelia's (8 yo, pumping 1 1/2 yrs) diabetes.  We
usually plan our trips on days that Amelia is out of school, or we tie it
into school shopping, Christmas shopping, ect.  I would drive the 160
miles anyday to have his expertise any day!   Cheri


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