I know my doctor will be out of her office for the first part of the week, but apparently she is still in communication with them. I got a call today to change my appointment time because the doctor would "like to spend more time with me." Now when was the last time you've heard that! I remember once I went in for an appointment with a different doctor and had a list of questions. I had made the appointment because I had felt rushed in the past and was told I had to make a special appointment to ask questions. As it turned out after I had asked just a few, I was told my allotted appointment time was up, and I would need another if I still wanted to ask questions. Believe me, that was the last time I went there! This was not at Kaiser by the way, there the doctors always gave me as much time as I needed and answered all of my questions.
Speaking of medical issues, I'd like to ask the American, over 65, fulltimers what kind of health insurance they have. In addition to Medicare do you have an Advantage plan, or a Supplemental? If it is an Advantage plan, does it cover you where ever you are at the same copay as your home office, or do you have to go back to your home base for most issues other than emergencies?
I signed us up for the Supplemental plan offered thru the AARP that is with United Health Care. So far the coverage has been great. I can go to any doctor who accepts Medicare, and any Hospital. When Craig cut his head we went to an ER and he was covered 100%. If we had gotten an Advantage plan it would have been with Kaiser, and I know it cost $100 copay for an ER visit, unless you are admitted. We don't have any copay with the Supplemental, but our premium is higher than the Advantage plans.
When we do go fulltime, I will probably try to get a doctor in San Diego for both of us because that is where our daughter lives and we are likely to visit there at least once a year. Once we sell the house we have no real reason to return to the Bay Area since we do not have family here at all.
If you feel this question is to personal or intrusive. Please ignore my question.
I heard from my sister that "Obamacare" is gutting the Advantage plans, but I also read that Republicans like Ryan want to gut Medicare. Can they do that?