I was diagnosed with Diabetes five years ago (at 38). I was very lucky and found a wonderful endocrinologist in Los Angeles. He was well informed, proactive, responsive and supportive. Started me on insulin very quickly after oral medication/diet didn't do a thing, did the necessary blood work to diagnose type 1.5, and really helped me to get my glucose under control.
Six months ago, my family and I moved to Amherst,MA and I set about trying to find a new Endo. This has been a really frustrating process.
I had gotten a recommendation for one local endocrinologist, but when I called her office, I was informed (rather rudely) that she was not accepting diabetes patients any longer. I was really surprised by this. The office gave me a recommendation for another local endocrinologist. I called his office, and was told that yes, they were accepting new patients, but I needed to get a referral from my G.P. Being new in the area, I had no G.P, and it took me a few months to get in to see one, but I did.
With my referral in hand, I called the endocrinologist again - only to be told that although they are accepting new patients, they are not accepting diabetic patients!! When I asked why, I was told that the doctor's practice was "overrun with diabetics".
I am really baffled and frustrated! I feel discriminated against by the endocrinologists. How can an endocrinologist practice discriminate against diabetic patients?
Has anyone else had similar experiences with being turned away by endocrinologists because they have diabetes?
I have good insurance, pay my bills promptly, and am a good patient, I follow a low carb diet, exercise, check my blood sugar 10 or more times a day, work hard to keep my A1C as close to normal as possible.
In the five years of seeing my endocrinologist in L.A., he has always treated me with respect and care. Now, I feel like the vermin of the endocrine world. I am really frustrated and discouraged! Any suggestions?