My gastro had me on a six month schedule - well visit and colonoscopy - and she wrote my scripts accordingly. THEN she hired an NA who was quite cost conscious. The next thing I new my scripts were for only 3 months - but still only scheduled to see her twice a year, one well visit and the colonoscopy (which I didn't always schedule .... prefering to stretch them out to 18 months to 2 years.)
Not being one to play games I just have my family doctor write me my Pentasa and Imuran scripts now. When my gastro's NA suggested that my fecal calprotectin test was expensive and not all that necessary at the time I asked to run it, that it was too soon and my insurance wouldn't pay for it - I just had my family doctor script it and my insurance paid for it. I haven't had that problem since. When I was at Mayo recently my Mayo gastro says he runs a CRP and sed rate w/every Imuran blood draw. My gastro doesn't script them w/every Imuran blood draw. So I've just asked my family doctor for a standing order for CRP and sed rate. Actually, I don't think I need the CRP and sed rate every 3 months either. And I won't necessarily have it done every 3 months but when I feel I have some disease activity possibly going on I'll just go in and have it run. I don't ask for the fecal calprotectin test on a regular basis, just when I think something is going on. My family doctor knows this. Its not that he will just do anything I ask. I have to have good reason and he's not above telling me he doesn't think something is necessary. Of course, I see my family doctor more often than my gastro and have been going to him longer so he knows me better.
Anyway, Nanners, since other than this problem about timely script refills you like this gastro and he does take time w/you in the office, why not just take your empty script bottles to your family doctor and ask him/her to write these scripts? Once he/she's seen what meds and what dosages you should have no problems w/your family doctor calling your scripts in in a timely manner. That way you might be able to have your cake and eat it too so to speak. Good luck!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 7/19/2008 7:05:10 PM (GMT-6)