seeking a U.S. doc -- long wait in Canada


tee
#1
I've been told I will have to wait 2 months to see a specialist in Toronto. So I am interested traveling to the U.S. for one. Has anyone experienced this? What is involved in contacting a doctor in Buffalo for example and driving there? Do I still need a referral? Any advice would be helpful.
 
#juan
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by teeView Post

I've been told I will have to wait 2 months to see a specialist in Toronto. So I am interested traveling to the U.S. for one. Has anyone experienced this? What is involved in contacting a doctor in Buffalo for example and driving there? Do I still need a referral? Any advice would be helpful.

Welcome tee

What kind of specialist are you looking for? Is your problem likely to turn into an emergency?
 
tracy
#3
You can just call a doc to make an appointment and explain your situation. As long as you're willing to pay for your visit, it shouldn't be tough getting an appointment. Most bigger doctors' offices accept credit cards.
 
tee
#4
[quote=#juan;825997]Welcome tee
Thanks for your responses. To answer your questions, a Gastroenterologist, and I don't know if it would ever be an emergency. Anyway would we need a referral or anything else? I wouldn't want to drive all the way down there and be missing something.
 
I think not
#5
Isn't it better you call the doctor in Buffalo?
Here's a list:
buffalo.citysearch.com/yellow...398/page1.html (external - login to view)
 
tee
#6
I know, but there's always some bureaucracy that I get caught up in with things like this. You know... you when you wait in line somewhere for an hour and the person at the desk says: "Sir, you need this little paper with such'n-such a number on it. It's Murphy's Law. I'm not spending a day or two to go all the way down there and have someone at a desk tell me I need that little paper or they can't do it because of whatever, and have to go all the way back home and try again. I just want to be sure I have everything I need to get this thing done. That's why I was hoping someone out there has been through it and can give me some tips to avoid hassles.
 
tracy
#7
Best tip is to call the office and ask them specifically what you'll need
 
#juan
#8
[quote=tee;826087]
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Welcome tee
Thanks for your responses. To answer your questions, a Gastroenterologist, and I don't know if it would ever be an emergency. Anyway would we need a referral or anything else? I wouldn't want to drive all the way down there and be missing something.

If it isn't an emergency, why do you have to rush down to Buffalo? It will not be cheap.
 
tracy
#9
[quote=#juan;826117]
Quote: Originally Posted by teeView Post


If it isn't an emergency, why do you have to rush down to Buffalo? It will not be cheap.

It may not be too expensive either. My office visit with the gastroenterologist here was less than $200.
 
#juan
#10
[quote=tracy;826119]
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post


It may not be too expensive either. My office visit with the gastroenterologist here was less than $200.

Okay, but not less expensive than waiting the two months. There is also the drive as well as the gas, etc.
 

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