Aargh. I recently tried to get in touch with my doctor about getting a referral for a sleep study, to discover she is no longer practicing (or if she is, not through Fenway, and I don’t have a way of getting in touch with her).
cathijosephine had previously given me a glowing recommendation for her doctor, Kevin Kapila, who also works with Fenway. He sounded perfect for me in a number of ways. Tragically, I just discovered from his office that he’s no longer seeing new patients. (cathijosephine, if you want to ask about that next time you see him, in case his receptionist is more certain he’s not taking new patients than he is, I’d be delighted.)
So, looks like I’m in the market for a new doctor. Any recommendations? Here are my preference, in approximate order of importance. Note that only the top few are absolutely essential.
- Is taking new patients. :-(
- Takes Blue Cross (is there anybody who doesn’t?)
- In reasonable walking distance either from my house near Quincy Center or from Northeastern University (or T-accessible on a lunch hour from the latter).
- Can get me a sleep-study referral quickly.
- Will share information with me, take things I say seriously, and generally not talk down to me.
- Is comfortable with queer, poly, kinky patients.
- Will want to take his/her time with me when we have appointments.
- Is email-accessible, and willing to do quick simple followup things via email or the phone.
- Can make appointments for relatively urgent stuff in a timely fashion.
- Takes a relatively holistic approach to his/her patients’ health. (For instance, my previous PCP wanted to know about emotional stresses in my life in case they were affecting my health.)
- Is affiliated with Fenway Community Health. (I’m assuming this would make the transition go more smoothly.)
- Is willing to give me advice and not write me off if I don’t take it. (For instance, I’m not going to give up salt or red meat, or stop going out in the sun without sunscreen, even though I know those things might be better for me. I’m happy to hear that they would be better for me, but then I don’t want to fight about it.