Looking for a Doctor in Austin, Texas

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    Nov 04, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    I recently moved to Austin, TX and I am looking for a doctor. Before I moved here I had an incredible doctor who was gay and was very easy to talk to.

    I'd appreciate any recommendations of a gay or gay-friendly doctor in the area.

    Thanks!
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    I'd refer you to ours, but she's not taking new patients. However, Austin Regional Clinic has tons of locations all over town and before I got my current GP I was treated by several of their doctors and never once had an issue with homophobia. All in all I can tell you that Austin is a very welcoming and gay friendly city. I have rarely if ever encountered problems in any capacity. It really is an oasis in the homophobic ocean that is Texas.
    Good luck, and welcome.
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:05 AM GMT
    Whats the idea of "finding" a GP? Is it really like shopping around? I mean here you'll have a local GP or Medical centre based on municipality. I've never had to look for a doctor before.

    There is a chance I'm also heading to Austin next year for some contract work over a 12-24 month period. The healthcare system is starting to worry me!
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    I'm not familiar with your health system so I can only speak to how it is here. Here you can go to any doctor you like (or that accepts your insurance). I personally went to different gerneral practicioner until I found one that I liked. I chose mine because she was knowledgeable about a rare condition I have and her bedside manner is great. As for "shopping around" I think it's a good idea considering how important a role they will play in your life. We shop for hairdressers and real estate agents that we're comfortable with, certainly we should do the same with our physician.

    I didn't have a specific GP for many years and would just make an appointment with the first available doctor. They were all very good, but I finally found one that I wanted to make "my own".
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:18 AM GMT
    RudeMech saidI'm not familiar with your health system so I can only speak to how it is here. Here you can go to any doctor you like (or that accepts your insurance). I personally went to different gerneral practicioner until I found one that I liked. I chose mine because she was knowledgeable about a rare condition I have and her bedside manner is great. As for "shopping around" I think it's a good idea considering how important a role they will play in your life. We shop for hairdressers and real estate agents that we're comfortable with, certainly we should do the same with our physician.

    I didn't have a specific GP for many years and would just make an appointment with the first available doctor. They were all very good, but I finally found one that I wanted to make "my own".


    So do you somehow get some kind of membership? What makes that Doctor yours?
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:28 AM GMT
    No membership required! My doctor just isn't taking new patients anymore so she can maintain a level of care. She wants to make sure she is able to spend more time with each patient. If I really needed to I could see another doctor that day. Each individual doctor decides how big a patient load they can handle. I've never had a problem getting in to see a doctor.
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    Nov 05, 2010 2:14 PM GMT
    Under our system, I have to find a doctor who participates in my health insurance plan. While I'm sure most doctors in the area are at least accepting of gay people, I'd really like someone who has a few GLBT patients, or is gay or lesbian. I lived for a while in a town where even the friendliest doctors seemed a little weird about the idea that a gay man might want to discuss personal issues about sexuality and family that can affect health. Plus, with all the time it takes to set up an initial appointment with a doctor, I want to go to someone who has some personal recommendations.
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    Nov 05, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    I'd be interested in hearing too. I just go to my insurance website and search by closest location and male (I don't like talking about penis issues with female doctors).
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    Nov 05, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    this is really interesting,,, personally i'd prefer talking to a female doctor than a straight male doctor.... about this stuff....

    that said, why do i think it's better to talk to a male gay doctor about all this? when really you'd think i'd want to avoid the gays at all costs when it comes to talking about this stuf?
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    Dec 01, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    I just moved to Austin for college a few months ago...I am not out of the closet to most people yet. I would really like to find a gay, or gay friendly doctor in the area that will not make me feel awkward to talk to. Any suggestions? I live off of 620 in the Cedar Park area.
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    Dec 01, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Looking for a gay-friendly, aware and gay-knowledgeable doctor is a very legitimate wish. While I can't help in Austin, I endorse the OP's goal.

    I deliberately selected a doctor here in South Florida whose practice is mostly gay men. Indeed, they are mostly HIV+ men, which has caused some people to erroneously assume I am poz.

    I don't give a s***. I know what I am, and I have the doctor and medical care I want. Plus, she's the Medical Director for the SMART Ride to Key West, so if I have some medical issue along the way, my own doctor is right there, who knows me and my history. It's been a comfort for 3 years now knowing she was on site if I needed her.

    Whereas I know the horror stories, from friends, who were badly treated and verbally abused by homophobic doctors. So let's help the OP simply find a gay friendly doctor in Austin, OK? And a little less editorializing about gay-friendly doctors. He asked a simple question -- now let's answer it simply, shall we?
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    Dec 02, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    I'm happy to report that I was able to find a gay doctor here in Austin. I got a few good tips from guys on this board about gay-friendly practices. I had my initial "get to know you" appointment with my new doc and I was very happy.

    Obviously, now everyone's going to have the same priorities when it comes to choosing a physician. But after having some very bad experiences where doctor's have been clueless or even judgmental about me and my family, I decided that it's important to me to see a doctor who treats other gay patients.

    Thanks for the good advice, it's great to be in Austin!
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    Jan 03, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has a provider directory that you can search to find physicians in your area: https://glmaimpak.networkats.com/members_online_new/members/dir_provider.asp . There are at least 10 listed if you search for providers around Austin, TX, USA.