Are all of you still having your kidneys, etc. tested? I don't remember seeing much except the cholesterol test the last time I was tested in the Kirklin Clinic. It's possible my primary doctor is interfering with these tests again (having them run, himself), but I've wondered if Medicare has stopped paying for them after you reach a certain age. I'm 76. My primary knows very well I see an endo for diabetes.
Ah....the ever powerful God syndrome....wonder if there will be a cure for THAT in my life time!!!!
I'm in Canada...so not sure about any cut off point....but frightening how we become disposable passed a certain age. Yes, euthanasia is illegal...so let us close the doors to testing and screening....where's the difference? There is very little if none! That's our western society....youth above all!
the more specialist the more communication complications. I see my internist who is rather weird, but he is very thorough and has never really steered me any a direction I thought out of line - except when he wanted me to go on this year long diet with totally carb free. But I didn't and is very on top of it. I don't need an endo where I am but I can see how there might be a problem. We have to go to Norfolk for specialists which is good and bad. Good to see doctors who know what they are doing and bad because it is so far. But I have a wonderful GYN, an introverted, anal opthamologist, busy fast talking surgeon, and soon to see the best pyschiatrist in town.
However, I think that senior women become invisable to some people. over a certain age, overweight, diabetic (typical). I speak up; if you need to take advocate do so. Take notes, Get copies of everything. Some of this annoys the docs and the staff, but once you walk out the door communication becomes much more difficult. I take a lot of methods, and out of the blue Medco, my prescription mail away, called. Pharmacist wanted to know how I was doing. Usually I brush them off, this time I asked questions. I have dry eye and my eye doc wanted to eliminate most of my 'systemic antahistines' - he didn't tell me directly but was going to write a letter to my primary. Pharmacist and I went through all my meds and told me which ones might be affecting dry eye.
I don't think Medicate stops paying for drug tests. But I'm just learning about medicare. I do know if a doctor opts out of Medicare, Tricare will not pay.
best to you