What do you (or what does your doctor) do if it snows on the day of your appointment?

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   Posted 1/7/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just curious. Would the doctor close the office because of snow? If so and you are on medication, would you just have to go without until Monday? Has anyone here ever had to deal with this?



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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My dr lives out of the city and it usually gets bad where she is at. She will not try to come in. This is a good question cause I am not sure what the pateints would do. I am assuming without if there is no one there to help out. Nurses cannot write an rx. Some meds cannot be called in over the phone either.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I live in snow country, too, I can relate. Especially because I can't get to the doc who has finally agreed to help me out with PM until spring because he's 3 hrs away and I have an old car with no snow tires. I would think most doctors who live in snow country have a policy in their office - so I would ask. If it's a group practice, probably some people can get in. I know most docs don't want to shut down their office as they're going to lose money, too, as well as get backed up with appointments. It's probably good to ask your doc's office what options you would have if either your doc OR you can't get in because of weather.

I know in PA there my pharmacist did say in urgent situations they can agree to accept a faxed Rx even for some narcotics as long as the written script gets to them within I think a few days - there's a legal limit. Each state may differ some.

So call your doc's office and ask the staff, and it would probably be good to have a discussion with your doc at your next appointment about winter issues. Perhaps if it's possible (depending on your med) your doctor might be willing to prescribe you a few extra pills for a month or two, for such emergencies.


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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a PM doctor 4 years ago that would close her office just because she "felt like it" on Fridays and not warn any of her patients that had appointments that day. She did this to me twice, so after that I would not accept appointments on Fridays. I know when I went to see my doctor the other day that was out of town, I too was wondering about me not being able to drive up there, but luckly I only have to go every 3 months. But this is something I would ask your doctor about. But doctors are human too, and dont like to drive in snow or very bad weather, they know they have patients that need them, but it wouldnt be worth them risking their own lives driving on really icy roads. This is why I ALWAYS keep extra meds hidden for emergencies like that, and for some reason I always have leftovers before my next refill, sometimes ALOT of left overs so I stash those away for incase I cant ever get to my doctor in time, which my doctor is very aware of this.

And like Palady said, I know in my state they can fax in prescriptions for scheadule 2 meds, but the original has to be mailed in with 3 days, and some doctors dont mind doing this, but some doctors also will NOT do it no matter what. So it all depends on how understanding your doctor is and the laws in your state. You could call you pharmacist and ask what the laws are where you live about scheadule 2 meds. (if thats what you take). I had a friend that was taking hydrococodne 7.5mgs for her knee pain, and one day the pain got so severe she couldnt move, and she had no car, so she called her doctor, who's a PA, and she faxed in methadone for her, and that's a scheadule 2 drug.


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   Posted 1/7/2010 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with PA, Stray and Kitty because that's how they do it in Kansas too. The only thing I can add is if your Pharmacy has delivery service sometimes they will pick up the Prescription at the doctor's office for you. That has happened here and they offered to give mine to the delivery person. Since my husband and daughter work right next to the docs office I didn't want to take advantage of it when it wasn't necessary so we picked it up. But at least I know it is an option maybe you could find out but I don't know the proximty of you, doc and pharmacy it might not be feasible.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah and about the doc visit?? Some charge a partial office charge here and some don't. Mine doesn't because the majority of his patients are old and forgetful (just to give you an insight I'm 59 and one of his younger patients), so he has a lot of no shows, the good thing is he is slowing down too and doesn't really care. He has his office staff call and reschedule.

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   Posted 1/8/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor comes in no matter what. Sometimes he runs a little late due to traffic, but on the upside he is a bit more forgiving if his patients run a bit late for their appointments. I've not had any issues with meds for some time now. They switched to seeing patients every 28 days, rather than every 30 to make sure that if something horrible happens there are a couple extra days to reschedule people. In IL C2 scripts must be original signed scripts -- no phone calls, no faxes -- so sometimes that causes people problems. The rest of the meds the doc will call in a couple of days worth of meds if the roads are totally closed (which has happened once in the past decade, but it's good to know that at least I can get some of my meds as long as I can brave walking to my local pharmacy) :)

Cathy, that's just awful about the doc charging people when the roads are nearly undriveable. You'd think they'd be a bit more understanding. :(

stay warm,

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   Posted 1/9/2010 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to respond! I really appreciate it. It seems like there are so many different things that the doctor could do if there is bad weather. I'm going to bring it up on my next appointment.

I really enjoyed reading all of your responses!


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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a problem that has never crossed my mind, as I live in Tucson, Arizona. We dont get snow.
But very wise to think about and plan if it could happen to someone in the cold.
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