I know that Medicare is supposed to cover that, though it never seems specifically addressed by my parent's primary care. I typically accompany them to all appts which are for the most part routine re-checks. My mother would refuse to go if not for thinking she is in her busybody/meddler life-long role and going to make sure my father is seen LOL. They go in together and as Dad typically takes longer with communication being tedious due to his deafness (and, btw, I often wonder if he should not be entitled to a longer visit for this reason and if it is unfair to charge for a "long" visit because it is discriminatory/ADA violation??) so he uses up Mom's "visit" time and the billing results in the facility getting all their $$$. We had a wonderful MD who departed, and I have tried for a long while to warm up to this new guy...I like him enough...but at the same time I sense how rushed he is and feel his load is too full for the attention and care I/we need. I am on this road alone for the most part, and I had great comfort knowing the other MD would have been there for me in the worst of times... I learned of another MD (the original MD suggested several names to a friend of Dad's as he was also a patient), who is at a bit further of a distance, and I'd like to meet him, touch base, see what I think. But I am not the patient...unless I circumvent it all and say I am and tell him the story when I get there. Any thoughts/experience?