For almost ten years I have gone to my doctor once a year for a physical. About six months ago the pharmacy called to tell me my high blood pressure re-fill was denied by my doctors office. I call the office and they tell me I have to come in. OK...not due for a physical but I'll play along.
Except...they refuse to refill the scrip until I come in. Surprise, surprise...when you don't take your HB meds for a few weeks (the soonest appointment) you have high blood pressure. So they refill the scrip for one month and schedule another appointment in about three weeks. Next appointment, back on the meds, blood pressure is normal.
I ask for the typical three months supply (in the past I would get a months supply with two refills and the refills would be upped automatically). Nope. I get one more month and another appointment in four weeks to "check and make sure everything is OK".
Teal Deer: I go from 1 physical a year to 12+ a year even though there have been no changes in my health. Added bonus? The doctor lets me know I need to come in monthly by abruptly cutting off my supply of high blood pressure medicine. I guess doctors are getting hit by the recession too.
I'm defenitely looking into a new PCP. I'm just not sure if this warrants a complaint to the state medical board and/or the insurance company (kind of seems like insurance fraud to me...I'm sure the doctors more interested in the insurance payout for office visits than in my co-pay).