My beloved primary care physician is not covered by my current health insurance. She has not been on there all school year, in fact, but I kept going to her and paying the whole thing and then getting the reimbursement for 80%. I really love her and trust her and to me, that was worth it. I went every few months so she could check in on any ongoing issues. I have been to doctors who were on the mean side about losing weight or who had little bedside manner. If I am on my deathbed, bedside manner goes out the window. But when I am working with a doctor in a long term relationship, I want to be comfortable.
I did a lot of research, starting with Maplewoodonline to find someone who came highly recommended by my peers. Then I dug a little deeper (thank you Google!) to find someone who I thought fit with my sensibilities. I believe in using a mix of both modern and Asian medicines and my last doctor was all for it. I found someone who I will be seeing for the first time tomorrow morning. I am, of course, a little nervous, but it is something I need to do. I need and want to be responsible for my health if for no reason than for Lilly. So I have 1st date jitters tonight. It's a good thing my appointment is for 8:30am!