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Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:30am 10 Comments

Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Wow, I am so darn busy all of a sudden. Does anyone else get this creep effect? It seems like January is the new December for health care in the US or maybe it is just me. As a manager of a health plan I always counted on two things. First plan costs would escalate to almost twice the monthly average in December and second, January despite being a month with 31 days would be one of the least costly months for the plan.



It seems like for me at least, December was a big month for health care appointments and now January is just as much if not more. This week in particular I have 4 appointments and one of them (the Dermatologist) is a major deal. My goodness how does this happen?



The thing is I seem to see more Nurse Practitioners (NP). Has anyone else had this experience? This week for example I have the four appointments and three are with NP’s. Before last year I hardly ever saw an NP except for my endocrinologist office where the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is also an NP. I suppose this is to be expected given what a NP can do (write prescriptions is the biggest thing) and the demands placed on doctors. I also think that NP’s are in high demand given the cost of health care. I speculate that a doctor’s office would rather hire an NP instead of paying a higher cost for a doctor? I think the answer is fairly obvious but I wanted to test the theory.



I first went to US News Money, a good place to find average salaries, job descriptions and projected demand for occupations in the US. This is not a regional look, but a broad picture look at occupations in the United States. I first…

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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nothing really
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June 21, 1974
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6.2 (Yeah that is better, go Rick)
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Shots, Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
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At 4:38am on January 25, 2015, Brightglow said…

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to my birthday celebrations....I want you to know I think you are wonderful for reaching out to someone you don't know and contributing to their happiness!

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Thanks rick...
I am also glad to get such friends...

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Thank you for the add and the welcome. Not happy I have diabetes, but glad I found this site!

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