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Re: [IP] Do DMers need primary care doctors?
My endo treats my endocrine problems. Period. He also monitors my lipids and
other factors that DM is a risk factor for. I have a family practice doc as
my primary care physician. He is also my "gatekeeper," who refers me to my
specialists, as my insurance company requires.
BTW, the local endo (who is a friend of mine) has told me he does not feel
competent to treat sinuses, colds, flu, etc. -- just endocrine problems.
In addition, there is a shortage of endos right now. If you're an endo, you
can pretty much write your own ticket and go anywhere you want. They may be
too busy taking care of endocrine disorders to also be a primary care doc.
Jan (and Elvis)
In a message dated 6/17/00 10:11:57 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< Recently, I went to a new endocrinologist who asked the name of my
primary care doctor. Surprised, I answered that I expected him to play that
role. DM is the only reason I see a doctor regularly, and the diabetologist
can treat any problem that doesn't require specialized training in other
Wrong. He informed me that my experience is out of date. The standard of
care has changed. He treats ONLY DM. I must sign up with a primary care
physician. This person conducts physicals and advises on matters not related
to DM, such as infections, colds, etc.
Is he correct? Should I sign up with another physician even though I am
almost never sick? And shouldn't the diabetologist be involved in treating a
diabetic's colds, infections? What are other pumpers doing? >>
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