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Changing GP

I have the "medicin de famille" model with Assura. However, I don't like my GP and go to great lengths to avoid having to see her. I'm becoming aware that this is not a great way to proceed in life.

Has anyone here ever changed their GP? Did you have to pay the big initial bill to start up a dossier with the new GP (answering all the same health questions) or did your old doctor transfer them your files? And did you have to inform your old GP of your departure or could you just sneak away silently?

Another option I am considering is to simply go to a "consultation" at the local "Policlinique" if I am ever greatly suffering. It would be a lot faster and cost about the same (i.e. expensive), right?

Thank you for any help on this!
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Re: Changing GP

I have changed a pediatrician, wrote a letter explaining why, and just proceeded to a new one when my child needed one. I did not make a specific appointment to sign up with a new one, that eats their time and you would be charged. The admin in terms of transferring folder was done automatically by the former ped, his assistant, when they got the letter. They called to inquire why I left, but it was because I was not the only patient to quickly withdraw from this ped's care.

My GP does not charge a big initial charge at all, I started with him when I needed a doctor, he just billed me for the treatment, not anything special as a start up appointment and a bill. Looks like GPs have different ways, better to call up and ask a new GP, if they are free to take a new patient, and if they require some kind of innitial appointment (that comes with a bill).
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Re: Changing GP

We didn't have any problems/extra costs when changing our doctor last year. Our previous one retired and the doctor who took over his practice didn't speak any English so I found another one who did. The OH needed an appointment anyway as a follow up to his hospital treatment so I just checked that they were taking new patients, picked up their registration forms (name, address, insurer, etc) and handed them in at reception. As far as I know our files have been transferred over and there was no extra cost for switching.
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Re: Changing GP

Thank you for sharing your experiences. So to proceed, I would just have to find a GP that would accept me and announce it to my insurance? And files would get sent over automatically?
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Re: Changing GP

You could always change insurer or go for the HMO model which is a group practice. I ended up with the best DR I ever met, perfect English & results of blood tests in 15 minutes so no unnecessary second appointments.
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Re: Changing GP

Why don't you ask your Health Insurance and see what is their procedure?

As far as I know, you go to the new GP or the Polyclinic and ask them to write a letter to your old GP to request transfer of all medical records to them. You may have to sign something to that effect.
You don't have to talk to your old GP, etc.

You, OTOH, have to inform your Health insurance about the switch if you are using a "family doctor" product.

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I have changed a pediatrician, wrote a letter explaining why, and just proceeded to a new one when my child needed one. I did not make a specific appointment to sign up with a new one, that eats their time and you would be charged. The admin in terms of transferring folder was done automatically by the former ped, his assistant, when they got the letter. They called to inquire why I left, but it was because I was not the only patient to quickly withdraw from this ped's care.

My GP does not charge a big initial charge at all, I started with him when I needed a doctor, he just billed me for the treatment, not anything special as a start up appointment and a bill. Looks like GPs have different ways, better to call up and ask a new GP, if they are free to take a new patient, and if they require some kind of innitial appointment (that comes with a bill).
Personally, I think that money spent on an initial appointment is worth every centime - it gives the GP a chance to know a bit more about you, your circumstances, your previous health, family medical history, etc, BEFORE you have an emergency or are sick. And it gives you the chance to feel if you would trust that person, feel comfortable with them, their attitudes to certain aspects of care, etc. Of course if the UK that would be totally free - but paying for an initial consultation here would be my choice.

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Personally, I think that money spent on an initial appointment is worth every centime - it gives the GP a chance to know a bit more about you, your circumstances, your previous health, family medical history, etc, BEFORE you have an emergency or are sick. And it gives you the chance to feel if you would trust that person, feel comfortable with them, their attitudes to certain aspects of care, etc. Of course if the UK that would be totally free - but paying for an initial consultation here would be my choice.
It's very interesting to hear this....I could tell from that initial appointment that I didn't feel comfortable with my GP. But I'm not sure what I could have done...
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Re: Changing GP

We switched our GP last year at no cost, just had to bring in our files from the previous one. Didn't even have to inform the insurance company.
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Re: Changing GP

Sorry, I have no experience with switching GP, but I would also "vote" in favor of a consultation appointment prior to settling on a new GP. This is what I did when I selected my doc initially here, and am very happy with the result.

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