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For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things..)

Just wondering for those of you with chronic medical conditions that require monitoring a few times a year and that are treated with prescriptions, what your procedure with your doctor is.
My condition requires monitoring every 3 months or so by blood test. My doctor usually requested a follow-up appointment to discuss results. However, recently I required monthly monitoring and as my condition was stable he used to just send me the results with a note as to whether to continue at same dose or changes to be made. This worked well for me as it was a bit of a pain having to arrange an appointment (travel and waiting time when working was difficult) to be told everything was ok. Now that I require less frequent monitoring, at my last appointment with him for a check he asked if I wanted to make an appointment to discuss my results I asked him if we could continue with the system that if everything was fine he would just send me the results and if something came up I would come in to discuss it. Although he agreed, I had the impression he was not really ok with it. Plus he didn't fulfill my last written and telephone request for a prescription renewal.

The cynic in me says that it's normal he wants me to come in to discuss the results as he can charge more for just telling me it's ok, than for writing me that. But surely it's more convenient for us both if everything is fine, for him just to take the 5-10 mins to do the paperwork, without me needing to go in? Perhaps I've missed something in the way doctors work here, and I've now made some faux-pas, so interested to hear of others experiences.
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Re: For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things.

It really depends on what your "condition" is.

I have a thyroid problem. Once the initial phase of getting me on the medication and correct dosage was solved (took about 18 months), I now only have to go back once a year for a blood test to find out if that is still correct. I have a repeat prescription for my medication which lasts 12 months. I go to the doc, she does all the tests and calls me (as in telephone) to tell me whether I'm still o.k. or not.

My husband had a heart operation 2 years ago and now needs to take Aspirin Cardio to the end of his days. He also has a repeat prescription which lasts 12 months, he calls the doc, doc sends new prescription, job done. Mind you, he's at the doctor's frequently for all other sorts of reasons in between (he's a sort of mobile war and accident zone), so the doctor is always up to date on what's going on inside him.

If I were you, I'd call your doctor again and ask him if there's any reason why he cannot send you your prescription renewal or discuss your results with you on the phone. Consultation is consultation in my view, he can still clock up his 10 - 15 mins and submit those to the insurance company.
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Re: For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things.

I have to meet my doctor every month right now also for thyroid and we do a blood test. He usually gives me a call appointment for the next week to tell me the results. I sometimes forget to call him, or he doesn't call me so I get a note by mail to tell me my results and if I should keep the medication's level at it is.

Never asked me to go to see him for results, I would find it annoying indeed to lose such a time.
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Re: For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things.

Thanks for your replies. Good to know my request was not so unreasonable!
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Re: For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things.

I have a repeat prescription blood pressure meds. Someone else I know has one for cholesterol meds.
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I get a repeat prescription valid for one year - then I have to go to the doctors to do all tests (thyroid, type 2 diabetes)- and then go and see him again to discuss results and decide whether to change/adapt medications, etc. I think in my case it is much better to discuss results face to face - and discuss together how we will tackle any issues.

I discussed this with the chemist's yesterday - she said it is current practice for a repeat prescription to be 1 year max and for all renewals to require a visit- makes sense really.

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Re: For those with chronic medical conditions (repeat prescriptions and other things.

Some docs evaluate by simple look as well. I don't know what your condition is, but since my family are docs, they have a stern stare when they examine and look very carefully while chitchatting with people (swelling, color of your face and skin, eye lids, size of your glands, color of your fingertips, swelling of your thyroid, swelling of your wrists and ankles, all those things are visible but you don't know doc is observing). If I was a doc, I would want to see patients as well. It might be something your doctor is used to, I am not sure if it really is charging factor (they charge usually for phone calls as well in our areas, and by 5min slots). It depends on how old you are and what the condition is, how severe and if your doctor is used to doing things certain way. The worst two peds I had would just fax a prescription to the pharmacy without actually seeing my child at all, and it was an acute infection, nothing chronic. Even the pharmacy people were uncomfortable with this and have sent us to ER rather than do that. I know your condition is different, but your doc's thinking might be this way. If you can't take the time and it is really inconvenient, just change your doc.
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