I have always felt that my parents had way too many doctor appointments due to their excellent insurance beyond Medicare, and we have recently been asked by the facility to let them do more of the doctoring. I realize that it is generally a two to three hour visit with transportation, waiting, the consultation, and then waiting for the transport back. This is hard on everyone, including the patient. The facility has a doctor who comes once a week, a physicians assistant who comes every day, in addition to all the nurses. I agree with allowing them to take care of general illnesses, but what about my mother’s psychiatrist who has treated her for decades for bipolar disorder? Or her oncologist who sees her twice a year for aftercare of breast cancer from 10 years ago? The ophthalmologist who treats them both for glaucoma? They have not been there very long, so this is all new to us, and we took care of them for so long. I would love to hear from some of you with more experience in this as we have a care meeting coming up pretty soon.