Hausarzt related question

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Hi guys,

 

Straight to the point - as far as I know I can go to a different Hausarzt every time I want, meaning I should not register to a particular one and then unregister and choose a new one, right?

 

So a year ago or more I went to a Hausarzt. Despite the fact I made an appointment with the particular doctor I wanted I end up meeting his colleague (2 doctors office). One (the one I wanted) is Dr. Med. and the other is Facharzt, both Allgemeine Medizine as the Dr. has specializations.

 

Anyway as I went a year or more to the colleague I decided to try the other doctor that I initially wanted to visit.

 

My question is - can I just make an appointment to the new doctor and should I excuse myself from the current doctor somehow. The problem is that there is 2 chairs in front of the 2 doctors' doors so the one will notice that now I'm visiting the other.

 

I imagine they share the same computer system so they can access the info that the other one wrote.

 

Should I expressively say to the office administrators that I used to visit Arzt X and from now on I want to visit Arzt Y or just start making appointments only with Arzt Y not bother doing anything else.

 

I hope is clear what I want to ask:)

 

Thanks in advance for your replies.

 

 

 

 

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Just request the doctor you want when you make the appointment. You don't need to deregister or "excuse" yourself from the other doctor.  If they share a practice, then yes, they will also share a computer system and its likely that you saw the other doctor last time just because the doctor you wanted was somehow unavailable.  I doubt very much that your old doctor will notice or much care that you're seeing his colleague.

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If you think it might make for a complicated situation, check out the website for the surgery - you might find that Doc B is there sometimes when Doc A isn't, and thus be able to save any embarrassment.

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You can explicitly say which doctor you want to make an appointment with while fixing your appointment. When two doctors are in same praxis, they do expect to share the workload of common patients and back up each other.

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Thank you for all your answers. I just started going to the other doctor and if I met the other I just say hi and that's it. After all I have the right to chose my doctor so I shouldn't feel  embarrassment. They work non stop at the same time.

 

In this regards one question. While my doc was on vacation I went to another who was covering for him. I like the new doc and I wanted to go again but they said "no we are not accepting new patients"

 

Can someone explain me  the Hausarzt - How long could you chose it, how to change it, how often can you change it and so on.

 

Thank you in advance!!!

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1 hour ago, Lotzo said:

In this regards one question. While my doc was on vacation I went to another who was covering for him. I like the new doc and I wanted to go again but they said "no we are not accepting new patients"#

 

An your question is?

 

1 hour ago, Lotzo said:

 

Can someone explain me  the Hausarzt - How long could you chose it, how to change it, how often can you change it and so on.

 

 

There is not much to explain. You can choose any Hausarzt you want, and change as often as you want. Whether constant doctor hopping is useful is another question. 

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On ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2016‎ ‎12‎:‎23‎:‎43‎, RelativeDimensions said:

Just request the doctor you want when you make the appointment. You don't need to deregister or "excuse" yourself from the other doctor.  If they share a practice, then yes, they will also share a computer system and its likely that you saw the other doctor last time just because the doctor you wanted was somehow unavailable.  I doubt very much that your old doctor will notice or much care that you're seeing his colleague.

 

OP might have a point, in Austria at least. For insurance purposes here you can not switch that easily. If I remember there is a three month rule. Like you cant visit Dr. A today and B tomorrow. You have to wait three months in between. I remember I tried to go doctor shopping when I first arrived here. I tried one doctor and when I went to see the next they initially refused me till I convinced them I would stick with them. They told me its for insurance purposes but IMO their ego is probably hurt.

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20 minutes ago, Girlonfire said:

 

OP might have a point, in Austria at least. For insurance purposes here you can not switch that easily. If I remember there is a three month rule. Like you cant visit Dr. A today and B tomorrow. You have to wait three months in between.

 

Only when you've chosen a "Kassenvertragsarzt" as your doctor, the next changing date is the end/start of a quarter (not generally 3 months); and even a change within the quarter is possible when there are 'important reasons' as loss of trust. All the details can be found there: https://cms.arztnoe.at/cms/beitrag/1016845/408046/#tb12 And this is Austria.

 

The only exclusion of 'Freie Arztwahl' in Germany would be a 'Hausarztmodell' – a special contract with health insurance that obliges a patient to go to a Hausarzt first, before consulting specialists. But this is contract one has to choose explicitly. 

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^ I thought you always needed an ueberweisung / referral from a hausarzt to a specialist, no matter which krankenkasse contract you have.

 

Although often specialists will see you immediately (+/- a bit of grumbling from the receptionist) and don't mind if the ueberweisung paper folllows later, just as long as they get one from a hausarzt at some point.

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22 minutes ago, paulwork said:

^ I thought you always needed an ueberweisung / referral from a hausarzt to a specialist, no matter which krankenkasse contract you have.

No, usually not (unless you actively subscribed to the "Hausarztmodell" mentioned above). But it still makes sense to get one since that way your Hausarzt will receive a report by the specialist (and the insurance will pay for that report).

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