Does anybody out there actually have a primary care doctor who coordinates your care and is really up on your overall health?
WIth all the talk of health care in the media, it seems there is conversation again about a primary care doctor who can coordinate your health care. Generally, I have found that except for very general things you really need to see a specialist for any health problem. I have never had my primary physician call me after an appointment at a specialist, or refer to the information they receive from a specialist on my behalf. When I lived in FL there were some prestige doctors who advertised this type of service, but it was expensive and they did not accept insurance. Still, I considered it when I was having several things go wrong that seemed to be overlapping.
If you are very healthy this question probably is not for you.
If you are a primary health physician I am interested in your opinion on this and how you perceive your role in the care of a patient.
If you are a specialist I am interested to know if you have good experience communicating with primary care doctors, and how their role helps you.
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.