Posted 7/15/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)
So, the people in the UK probably don't have to worry about this as their health insurance system is different. I am in the US and everyone has to buy private insurance. Anyway, I got a letter from my doctor saying that in a few months he will no longer be accepting insurance. He could provide a bill for you to submitt to insurance on your own and hope to get reinbursed. He claims the overhead cost of processing insurance is too expensive for a private practice. Then he said he didn't want to join a major group as they would not allow him to spend as much time with his clients. Many clinics have the pdocs see 4-6 pts an hour, and right now for med checks he only sees 3 patients. Then he also is available for hour long psychotherapy appointments as well if you want.
I am not sure what I want to do. I really like the doctor I have, and have been seeing him for four years. I like that I can schedule an hour long therapy appiontment when I see him. The times I have needed to call him he has responded promptly and been available for an appointment. It is hard to find a psychiatrist that does therapy in addition to med checks. Plus I don't feel like going pdoc shopping. It is hard to find a good psychiatrist in this area, and there is a big shortage. I really can't tell if I will like a psychiatrist I have an appointment with them. I really don't want to make a bunch of appointments until I find someone I like. I am almost just considering paying out of my pocket. Right now I see this pdoc about 3-4 times a year. I just got really good paying job so at this point I could afford it. Since I had a string of really horrible psychiatrists before I saw this one, I think it might almost be worth it.