Choosing a primary care physician

Choosing a primary care physician

There are 21 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 28, 2008, titled Choosing a primary care physician. In it, Newsday reports that:

Peggy O'Donnell, a Lynbrook nurse practitioner, knows a thing or two about picking a good primary care physician.

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George in KC

Overland Park, KS

#1 Apr 28, 2008
A cardiologist can not and should not be a primary care Doctor. Would you want a cardiologist taking care of your hemorroid, sprained ankle or seasonal allergies? Family Medicine Doctors are trained in whole patient( and whole family ) care.
Bill

United States

#2 Apr 29, 2008
From the article "A good primary care physician - who could be a family practitioner,". I guess that's the end of the term, Primary Care Doctor. Boy they sure now how to convolute the medical profession!
Patient of Peggys

Huntington Station, NY

#3 Apr 29, 2008
I am a patient of Peggys, and I can tell you this, I MUCH rather be seen by her then seen by a doctor. I ALWAYS go to her first. She really takes the time to listen to her patients, and talk to them, rather then just ask 'what medicine do you need' and get pushed out the door. A physical exam with her lasts 30 minutes sometimes! Nurse practicioners are definetly MUCH better IMO.
Pablo

AOL

#4 Apr 29, 2008
Patient of Peggys wrote:
I am a patient of Peggys, and I can tell you this, I MUCH rather be seen by her then seen by a doctor. I ALWAYS go to her first. She really takes the time to listen to her patients, and talk to them, rather then just ask 'what medicine do you need' and get pushed out the door. A physical exam with her lasts 30 minutes sometimes! Nurse practicioners are definetly MUCH better IMO.
Maybe you are Peggy's husband. How do we know?
liner

Bronx, NY

#5 Apr 29, 2008
Pablo wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe you are Peggy's husband. How do we know?
LOL!!
mom of 3

Columbia, MD

#6 Apr 29, 2008
I am also a patient of Peggys and the other nurse practitioners that are in the office, as well as the doctor. they are all great and they all listen to what you have to say..that's why he has been my family doctor for almost 20 years and adding the nurse practitioners to his practice was a great move.
Domenica

AOL

#7 Apr 29, 2008
wow! peggys patient and mom of 3 would have you believe that no doctors listen to thier patients. really bright statements.
Hmmmm

Holbrook, NY

#8 Apr 29, 2008
a list of 6,000 of the TOP doctors? Gee, sounds really EXCLUSIVE.
Ken

AOL

#10 Apr 30, 2008
Sounds like they are just sellig a huge book of all the doctors in the state. I believe it costs $26 bucks.
healthy NY

Saint Johnsville, NY

#11 May 1, 2008
Health care in America is a business. Everyone is in it for the money. My PCP just informed my husband and I that it's new administrater has put a time limit on how long the Dr. can spend with each patient. This is horrible. They now make my husbands appointment the last one of the day because he asks so many questions! We are currently looking for a new PCP.
Lauren

Mattituck, NY

#12 May 1, 2008
PCP with a specialty, such as
Cardiology have a very difficult
task. They must deal with the entire
body, not just heart related issues.
In addition, the staff of a PCP must
provide referrals to all other
specialists. When I see my PCP,
I want to speak with him, not a nurse. I may my insurance premiums
to see my M.D. not a nurse. If I
could not afford my insurance payments, I would find a walk-in
clinic a see an M.D.
Jesse

AOL

#13 May 2, 2008
Lauren, you are an intelligent person.
Joey Buttafucco

Oyster Bay, NY

#14 May 2, 2008
I had to switch my last 2 doctors because they wouldnt refill my perscriptons. Doctors now dont give a dam if there patient is suffering in pain. No compassionm.
Elite

Brooklyn, NY

#15 May 2, 2008
Joey Buttafucco wrote:
I had to switch my last 2 doctors because they wouldnt refill my perscriptons. Doctors now dont give a dam if there patient is suffering in pain. No compassionm.
You sound like a drug seeker Joey, Do you have a problem with substance abuse?
Elite

Brooklyn, NY

#16 May 2, 2008
healthy NY wrote:
Health care in America is a business. Everyone is in it for the money. My PCP just informed my husband and I that it's new administrater has put a time limit on how long the Dr. can spend with each patient. This is horrible. They now make my husbands appointment the last one of the day because he asks so many questions! We are currently looking for a new PCP.
I bet you will not be happy with the new doctor,...
Elite

Brooklyn, NY

#17 May 2, 2008
Patient of Peggys wrote:
I am a patient of Peggys, and I can tell you this, I MUCH rather be seen by her then seen by a doctor. I ALWAYS go to her first. She really takes the time to listen to her patients, and talk to them, rather then just ask 'what medicine do you need' and get pushed out the door. A physical exam with her lasts 30 minutes sometimes! Nurse practicioners are definetly MUCH better IMO.
Who do you want to treat your heart attack an NP or an MD?
art pepper parody

Tampa, FL

#18 May 4, 2008
Dr. ARTIE PEPPER of THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS demands that teachers challenge physicians ....... but never question an invoice or opinion of a LAWYER................. The UFT was once about teachers and students........ now it exists to siphon union dues to parasitic lawyers.
Better Now

Tampa, FL

#19 May 4, 2008
Glad I left Long Island. The doctors I had there mis diagnosed every condition I had. The care in Florida is so much better. Yes, if you live in affluent areas of Nassau and Huntington you will receive better care. But the rest of Suffolk leaves something to be desire. Just one person's opinion based on experience.
Joey Buttafucco

East Meadow, NY

#20 May 12, 2008
Elite wrote:
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You sound like a drug seeker Joey, Do you have a problem with substance abuse?
Screw you, you think you know I'm not in pain?
In all honesty i do smoke a joint or two a week, but haven't done the hard stuff in 6 years. Does that mean I should suffer?
Joey Buttafucco

East Meadow, NY

#21 May 12, 2008
Better Now wrote:
Glad I left Long Island. The doctors I had there mis diagnosed every condition I had. The care in Florida is so much better. Yes, if you live in affluent areas of Nassau and Huntington you will receive better care. But the rest of Suffolk leaves something to be desire. Just one person's opinion based on experience.
You know the saying- opinions are like ********, everyone has one.

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