I’m just wondering how much value people get from their endo appointments? I haven’t gotten much out of my sessions. Recently I was at a consult, the endo didn’t do much but answer a few questions I had, write me a prescription and review my blood test results (all of which my GP could have done), didn’t even look at my pump reports. And then I was out in less than 10 minutes (I was literally walked out of the consult room) and was billed $300. I wanted to ask her to review my pump reports but it is done so hastily in the past without much thought it’s not even worth the effort. I was told to schedule to see her again in 3 months time and in my head I’m just thinking what for?
I’m so frustrated I don’t get much out of these endo appointments at all and I find them so terribly expensive. I don’t learn anything new and I’ve been through a few endos and they all are pretty much the same. At one point I just stopped going. I only went to see one recently because my pump was due for renewal and it was mandated by the pump company the endo had to sign off. So really i was paying to get some very expensive paperwork done :(. I just feel I’m just throwing money away, its so wasteful. If anything I rather spend the money to see the DE who actually adds some value and spends time to go through my pump reports.
My medical team should have an endo and the recommendation is I see one every 3-6 months… but I really don’t see what role they play. Perhaps I have the wrong endo but she is always fully booked and the previous endos I have had were about the same. My GP here can write me my insulin scripts and do my blood test so I don’t need an endo for that. And I am comfortable making insulin adjustments myself.
So I am curious what purpose your endo plays in your medical care? If you are from Australia, I am particularly interested whether your experience is the same as mine and how much your consults are if you don’t mind sharing.