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Since insurance is usually tied with where you work, does anyone else feel weird about the possibility of working with physicians who may know your personal health history? I have always been on my mom's health insurance and I will need to change very soon so that means I'll have to go from one health system to another whichever health system I will be working at. I know nurses do it all the time since a lot of physicians go to multiple hospitals or multiple systems.

Any experiences with it? I've mentioned it to my coworkers and they mentioned that "so-and-so is my neurologist and he's still an ass."

The only good thing is that if I stay with my current job, I can try to find providers who usually only go to the other two hospitals across town. It'll still be a forty minute drive for me since I live literally in the middle of nowhere. I think I could potentially go out to the rural division and go to that hospital instead since it's all part of the same network. Those guys don't ever come up to my hospital out from the rural division as it's a good forty minutes away. If I switch jobs, I'll be stuck with the hospital system since that hospital system only has 2 hospitals and the other hospital is about 60 minutes to 80 minutes away.

So has anyone found it awkward sometimes to work with someone that knows your health history? I don't have anything shocking in my health history, I just don't want people to know it.

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I lived in rural areas much of my life. I had doctors who I worked with side by side who know my insides from a very intimate POV. I never had too many issues with it. Perhaps if I had some social disease it would have been different. As it was one did my pre-marital physical, another time my PCP dealt with a mental health issue. I was glad she was there and knew me well, so when this happened she was on top of it more than someone who did not know me would have been.

I did put off getting my colonoscopy done because the only doctor who did them in that small town was known to say rude things about weight. He was a total professional to me. I have no idea what he said about me when I was asleep and he had his camera where the sun don't shine. That is on him. I went to him for a reason. I wanted to be sure my insides were clean. If his mind was not that is between he and the staff in the procedures room.

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I work in a rural area as well. I have all my more personal stuff done in the next town, south of us 70 miles away. Had my last baby there as well.

We use the local docs for my husband's diabetes although he is being referred out to an endocrinologist in another town about 200 miles north of us. My son sees the local doc and dentist although for awhile as a toddler until about a year ago, he saw a children's dentist in the town south of us.

I do have a problem with the docs I work with knowing personal information or doing exams on private areas of my body. But we are rural, we don't have everything in our little town, our insurance must pay for us to go elsewhere.

40 minutes sounds easy to me. Our drives are 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. But we do that to grocery shop! So, it is no big deal to us. Do whatever you feel comfortable with! It's your choice. Nothing wrong with choosing docs you don't work with.

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I have had excellent care from very professional physicians with whom I work closely and sometimes know socially over the course of my lifetime.

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