I'm searching for a new primary doctor for my cousin who I recently moved to a Secure Memory Unit. Her old primary is fine, but he's too far away now and I need to switch her care to someone who is closer to her. I'm having some difficulty.
I discussed it with the director of the Memory Unit and I listed the names of some doctors who treat a number of their patients. I figured that would be a great choice since they already have a good working relationship, but it's not that simple. I also asked several family friends who are elderly who they used. As I started inquiring about them and other doctors, I have discovered so many negative reviews and/or comments about them in person or on-line.
I realize that perhaps the negative comments could be false, but it causes me concern. Do all medical offices have serious trouble with their staff? Do all these doctors rush you in and out and order many unnecessary tests? For some reason, Patient satisfaction with medical care in this community is very low.
Any suggestions? Oh, I wouldn't take her to my doctor, because my no. 1 primary is in the city where I work and that is too far from her and the one near my home is not that good, because they have you see a PA almost all the time and I don't think they are trained enough or experienced enough to treat someone with dementia. Basically, they have too many patients and not enough actual doctors. It lowers their ability to treat effectively, IMO.