I was going to title this post "I Hate Searching For A Doctor" but I decided it was too long. I'm feeling lazy. It was 94 degrees in my RV when I got home. Time to turn on the AC for a while and cool things off.
I need to find a new dermatologist. I had a nice one and I made an appointment in February. A few days before my appointment the office called to tell me that my insurance was no longer accepted. I checked my insurance provider list. She was still listed. I called the office back and asked, are you sure? They said yes, it just takes a while for insurance companies to update their lists. Bummer. That doctor was good.
Today I checked the list again. I found a doctor nearby. The phone was no longer in service. I tried another. I got an answering machine for some place that was not a doctor's office. I tried another place. Turned out to be the general hospital number. The woman told me that dermatology scheduling was being done by the cancer research center now. I checked the address. Ugh. It's way on the other side of town. Oh well. I called and finally got a human. It took her a while but she finally found my insurance on the list. Then she said the next available appointment was in JULY! They always say that. Then she asked what the appointment was for. Skin cancer, I say. Oh, she said, do you have a history of skin cancer or is does it run in your family? All of the above, I say. Well, then, she tells me to call another number so that they can schedule me for a quicker appointment. Ok, I call the number, no one answers, I leave a message, they don't call me back.
At least I have potentially located a new dermatologist who will accept my insurance. That's half of the battle right there. Now I just need that appointment. Too bad I can't go to the CVS Minute Clinic for skin cancer. I could just stroll in, point to a spot and say here, freeze this off for me please, then buy a candy bar and be on my way in 15 minutes. Way too easy I guess.