so there's a really good orthopedic clinic here and at the appointment for my recent back issue I saw both the physician assistant and the doctor --
my next appt is with the physician assistant -- I understand how efficient this is for them -- y'know hopefully all will be.well and the pa will report this to doc or whatever and away we go --
I've never encountered this before and it just seems odd -- truly it took over half the appt to get the full story out of what had occurred -- one begins to identify with a hot dog on the rotisserie at the gas station --
do you ever make appts with the physician's assistant? how is this billed?
"truly it took over half the appt to get the full story out of what had occurred" this pa would ask a question then he interrupted after I partially explained -- this guy and lots of doctors have to turn those rooms over and over throughout the day like a restaurant turns over tables -- not the best communication either way kwim
Sounds really weird! I've seen PA's before, but had nothing unusual.
Would that be similar to seeing a midwife instead of an OB-gyn? If that is the case I had better experiences with midwives (keep in mind I gave birth bunch of kiddos!) As for charging, the hospital usually charge less when you see an assistant, nurse or midwife...but every insurance and hospital is different, better call and double check! Oh good luck boss, we need you on you feet!
sandra and reggie et al -- so yeah i thought it was kinda weird -- and if it was my choice to go to the pa then it would be like the difference between going to a midwife and an ob/gyn -- but it's by the dr's choice not mine --
i'm gonna call 'em monday and see what i can discover --
Best of luck, -K8. If I were you and did not receive a reasonable answer, such as routine visit, I would start looking for another doctor.
sandra, yes good idea for sure
i hope you have got this sorted out. I’ve seen residents and nurse practitioners at my doc’s office and had good experiences with both.
thank you, june --
so this clears it up some -- they are part of the team
"What is the difference between a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner?