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Does anyone think follow ups with doctors are sometimes scammy? I recently got pretty sick saw 3 different doctors each refered me to the next finally the last one decided I needed emgrecy surgery and took care of me. The thing is each doctor wants me to come back and have a follow up with them and I'm like no.

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I’ve refused in-person appointments where all they do is read lab results back to me. That can be done over the phone, no office visit (and $$) required.

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Agreed. For my doctor, we have this app called Follow My Health, which displays all results and doctors comments. I only schedule a follow-up call if the results don't make sense.

I do think the same. I usually cancel those types appointments. I also get annoyed With those that I need to see to refill a medicine I’ve used for a year without an issue or new symptoms but those I feel like I have no choice (because I need the refill).

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Same thing with an audit…why bother auditing a company when everything is the same every year.

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I once had a doctor charge me for an appointment to hand me my shoe orthotics. I ended up not paying and they did not send it to collections.

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Not really. Just because they are a doctor doesn't they know everything. Same with dentists. If you want to get braces you get refered to an orthodontist. If you have gum issues you get refered to a periodontist.

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I think their problem isn’t with the referrals to other doctors, its with the follow-up appointments the original doctors set after just referring them out

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I was pressed by my dermatologist to come in for a follow-up round of bloodwork/labs and consult for a refill on … retinol. Last time cost me $250 out of pocket. I said no thanks, did a FaceTime consult with a different derm, got the refill for a $30 co-pay. Your situation sounds far more complex and dire than mine, but point is, if it feels scammy, it likely is.

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100%

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I'd only schedule the surgeon, or the primary if there is follow-ups. After surgery there may be lifestyle changes you need to make.

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Very situationally dependent. You don’t know what you don’t know. If insurance is paying most of it, and your pcp agrees, see the specialists.

I think all doctors are scammy. I had a shoulder injury years ago. Went to the first one, did an MRI, wanted to scheduling labrum surgery right away, went to another for second opinion, said MRI shows nothing and to try physical therapy. Never did the surgery and fully recovered with therapy. Read a review later about the first guy that he messed up someone's knee.

Well, if you consider how many years that doctors are going to school while consultants are already earning money, you might not be so jaded. There are bad people in every profession. Most of them are not.

It really depends. As a general rule, if you are young and healthy with a single issue problem, you probably can trust how you feel. Once you get over 50 for many people they start getting chronic health issues that complicate things and at that point you should heed your doctors advice. Always see your surgeon once after the surgery, in some cases you may need more than 1 visit. If you end up with a chronic medical issue, you need regular physician follow up. Other than that, if you are healthy and under 50, you can trust your gut and not go to unnecessary appointments.

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