Does anyone have the local healthcare situation figured out?
Hi. This is kind of an odd question but I think this Berkeley forum could be a great place to sort this issue out. I've lived in Berkeley over 20 years. Over the last few years I have found accessing healthcare to be WAY more difficult than it should be. I had an hmo. Now I have a ppo and it is no better. I get my list of providers from the health insurance company and go down the list. Doctors seem to be working out of two or more offices, mostly outside of the Berkeley/Oakland area; usually east of the tunnel or SF. Appointments are booked up. And often I hear that doctors are no longer taking new patients. This is across the general and specialty areas. The few doctors I might be able to access are ones who are poorly reviewed, or NP's in situations where I really need an MD. I am wondering if doctors are actively avoiding this Berkeley/Oakland area? My insurance switch didn't seem to fix anything. So I'm wondering, does anyone in this geographic area have this healthcare thing figured out? Is there some particular type of insurance that is good in this geographic area? Is anyone else experiencing this?