Last summer I heard on the radio that people over 60 should get a pneumonia vaccination. So I went to my doctor and requested one. She really gave me the riot act and said no because I didn't need one. That I had no indications that would flag that situation.
I explained that I had smoked for some 47 years, but had been quit now close to 4 years. That I had pneumonia already at least twice, but she was very firm that she would not give me the vaccination.
Well in the winter I came down with pneumonia and I had to get to the emergency room which cost $2,257.00 to be there 2½ hours, but at least they did find I had a spot on my lungs.
Well determined not to go back to the first doctor I found another doctor to do the follow up visit after the pneumonia. I asked her "How do I know the spot was pneumonia or is it lung cancer since I smoked for so many years". She said the only way would be another x-ray.
Well I contacted the hospital to see if I could get it done there. This lady told me where to contact an imaging company that would do it and throw it in with my other bill, but I would have to go back to my doctor and have her set up the appointment. The second doctor when I called had left town, a break up with her husband or something so I went back to the first doctor to see if she would set it up.
The first doctor says that I should only get a pneumonia vaccination before I am 65, which I am 63 plus she said that smoking is not an indication for pneumonia or cancer that only diabetes is which seems odd to me also.
Now she has sent me a registered letter that she is not my doctor and that I should find another one, which I told her on the phone that I did and will again.
I hear raves about our wonderful healthcare system, but I'll tell you it has not been wonderful in my sight.
Please someone give me an opinion as to what I should do?