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Rutherford Co is only a little over an hour away from me! Geekette, you'll have to come back and let us know how your visit went.
 

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I’ve always wanted to move to Florida. I have so many relatives and friends that have retired to the gulf cost.

I’ve loved Florida every since I was a small child. I’m a Beach / Water / ‍♀♂ Boating kind of gal.

My parents , aunts, uncles and cousins have all owned cottages “Up North” in Michigan for years. I love the water and need to live near it
 

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I’ve always wanted to move to Florida. I have so many relatives and friends that have retired to the gulf cost.

I’ve loved Florida every since I was a small child. I’m a Beach / Water / ‍♀ ‍♂ Boating kind of gal.

My parents , aunts, uncles and cousins have all owned cottages “Up North” in Michigan for years. I love the water and need to live near it
And I think I sense an influence of Ben Casey here too.....
 

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BIL looked hard at Mesquite. They like hot weather, no state taxes, etc. But the local hospital gets lukewarm ratings and has no cardiac ICU -- and they are looking for a rest-of-our-life solution. Nearest comprehensive care is St George, 35 miles.

I'm wondering how you factored this into your decision. Obviously many have, as there are a zillion retirees in Mesquitee.
 

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BIL looked hard at Mesquite. They like hot weather, no state taxes, etc. But the local hospital gets lukewarm ratings and has no cardiac ICU -- and they are looking for a rest-of-our-life solution. Nearest comprehensive care is St George, 35 miles.

I'm wondering how you factored this into your decision. Obviously many have, as there are a zillion retirees in Mesquitee.
Neither of us has cardiac issues, so that wasn't a factor. Getting comprehensive care in St. George or Las Vegas when needed wouldn't be much of an issue for us. Getting routine care at the medical center in Mesquite would likely be fine - we'll have to see how that goes. As things continue to grow, I'd expect medical care to improve along with it. If our health ever degenerates to the point where we're at great risk, we'll consider relocating. But to be honest, if life becomes so fragile that we have to live next door to a hospital, it isn't going to matter very much where we live.

Did a little Googling just now. Comparing the hospital in Mesquite to the hospital I just retired from, my hospital is actually rated lower than the hospital in Mesquite. Obviously, I haven't been to the hospital in Mesquite, but I worked at my hospital for 12 years. I had two surgeries there. I know the people working there, I saw how patients were treated, and I know how dedicated the staff is. My hospital's treatment of patients is first-rate, so I have no idea why the low ratings. I do know that people with an axe to grind are those who complain the loudest, and people who are satisfied rarely come back to say much of anything. So setting aside the Trip Advisor "lumpy pillow syndrome" reviews, if Mesquite's hospital has higher ratings than the one I worked for these last dozen years, I think things will work out fine. :shrug:

Dave
 

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Rutherford Co is only a little over an hour away from me! Geekette, you'll have to come back and let us know how your visit went.
Conveniently located!

I was looking for my pictures from last time, but, much has changed since Last Time. The yurt is beautiful, these pics don't do justice, can't see the hand painting. That's me on the back deck of the yurt, I helped put that ceiling up. Won't be so bundled up this time. and apparently a kitchen has sprouted back there.

Haven't seen the new structures, a shed and the colonial tent.

Next round will include some of that, and my new garden mounds. Probably the great danes that have adopted her.
 

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BIL looked hard at Mesquite. They like hot weather, no state taxes, etc. But the local hospital gets lukewarm ratings and has no cardiac ICU -- and they are looking for a rest-of-our-life solution. Nearest comprehensive care is St George, 35 miles.

I'm wondering how you factored this into your decision. Obviously many have, as there are a zillion retirees in Mesquitee.
We have the same issue where we chose to live. The hospital here is not great and in financial straits. There’s a good hospital in Concord and there’s also Dartmouth Hitchcock in Hanover. But for the lifestyle we wanted and at our price point which was low to begin with, we didn’t have many choices. We did look in both those areas.

The trouble with places like where Dartmouth is located is the price of housing. The fact that doctors and professors, etc. live there puts the cost of housing through the roof!

We were able to get a primary doc here ( in and of itself not that easy) and had all our medical records sent to him and then the virus hit. The hospital here closed several floors and laid off 600 employees. The doctors office was part of that and so we never got to even meet him. That was in March and they said he would not be opening until August. Recently they said maybe this month but I have not heard anything. Have not been able to have a routine physical, a blood test, my mammogram- nothing. Though this doc did renew my husbands blood pressure meds for a year after speaking with him in the phone just before he closed. The office- which consists of several other practitioners as well- is not even doing Telemedicine. They are referring everyone to the hospitals clinic for urgent care or other medical issues in the meantime. There are a few other urgent care centers around as well.

If a specialist is required sometimes people have to drive longer distances, like to Concord for a Gastro guy. One woman here goes to an oncologist in Massachusetts. Far.

Meanwhile, the hospital is in talks with other hospitals regarding a merger but that’s been going on for years I hear. There are lots of little hospitals around us, though they are at least a half hour to an hour away.

Anyhow, we did as Dave is doing. We moved here anyway. There is a large older population here and other people our age and even younger are buying houses here. So you would think there would be a strong medical industry.

One issue is there are a ton of second homes and these people either fly off to Florida in winter or they are weekenders still working and living in Massachusetts where they get most all their medical care and it is top notch there. In fact, many people up here will travel the long distance to Mass. for their care.

As long as you can and will drive it is not a problem. But if you can’t...this does bother me so I hope things improve quickly.
 
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As long as you can and will drive it is not a problem. But if you can’t...this does bother me so I hope things improve quickly.
When I was reading the Mesquite newspaper online, in different articles it had mentioned about this or that medical patient being transported to St. George or Las Vegas for treatment for whatever issue was going on. So it sounds like they regularly transport patients who need specialized care out of the area. I know here, in the generalized multi-county area where I'm currently living, the four local hospitals routinely Life Flight or Medevac people to hospitals in Seattle for greater care.

Dave
 

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Neither of us has cardiac issues, so that wasn't a factor. Getting comprehensive care in St. George or Las Vegas when needed wouldn't be much of an issue for us.
Dave, you're a veteran right? There's a big VA medical center in north Las Vegas that would be fairly close to you. My husband goes there for a few things
and he's always been happy with the care he has received.
 

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When I was reading the Mesquite newspaper online, in different articles it had mentioned about this or that medical patient being transported to St. George or Las Vegas for treatment for whatever issue was going on. So it sounds like they regularly transport patients who need specialized care out of the area. I know here, in the generalized multi-county area where I'm currently living, the four local hospitals routinely Life Flight or Medevac people to hospitals in Seattle for greater care.
They do that here too. Be sure to join the 'Life Flight' or whatever they call it there. That is a membership deal that makes you eligible for no-extra-cost medevac. Here it costs about $50/year for the whole family, or a one-time $1,000 payment for lifetime coverage.
 

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When I was reading the Mesquite newspaper online, in different articles it had mentioned about this or that medical patient being transported to St. George or Las Vegas for treatment for whatever issue was going on. So it sounds like they regularly transport patients who need specialized care out of the area. I know here, in the generalized multi-county area where I'm currently living, the four local hospitals routinely Life Flight or Medevac people to hospitals in Seattle for greater care.

Dave
There have been medical transports for a really long time. First I heard of it, a friend drove the Red Cross bus, picking up people to go to their appts. I had to go to an out of state appt, transport at no charge was offered to me.

My gut feel is that this kind of thing will become more and more common because boomers are an enormous group. I could see being a member of Lift To Doc, the private car that comes to get you and whoever is going with you, takes you to your doctor appt, waits there for you, takes you home (or wherever you want to be left off). One annual fee. Those that can pay that rate will allow however many pro bono members. A membership covers all in the household. You could be 2 elderly couples, the twins that married twins, and all/any could go on one membership. Always an unmarked sedan, unless minivan requested. But no big shuttles. Those are horrible getting in, getting out, uncomfortable bumpy ride. Often no seatbelt, a major jostle can be major problem.

Salaried drivers, no tipping policy. Happy customers are encouraged to send tips send bonus money to whatever local dispatch so that it can be shared quarterly with drivers and non-drivers keeping the business going. Obviously, the drivers are not only safe drivers, but able to help load and unload passengers GENTLY, or, no, please, do not help. ....

I should be ready to sell franchises as soon as 10 million Americans have been vaxxed and supply is plentiful for it to keep rolling out... ; )
 

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They do that here too. Be sure to join the 'Life Flight' or whatever they call it there. That is a membership deal that makes you eligible for no-extra-cost medevac. Here it costs about $50/year for the whole family, or a one-time $1,000 payment for lifetime coverage.
That's INCREDIBLE!!!! What a great tip. I would not ever have thought that would be Affordable. That's more like I can't afford Not To.

I'll check on that in my new location. Not sure how far from a good hospital, or any, but curvy mountain roads, not fast.
 

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That's INCREDIBLE!!!! What a great tip. I would not ever have thought that would be Affordable. That's more like I can't afford Not To.

I'll check on that in my new location. Not sure how far from a good hospital, or any, but curvy mountain roads, not fast.
What I noted is for emergency air transport, NOT transport to make appointments. Still fairly cheap to insure against a bill of 10's of $thousands in an emergency.
 

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Dave, you're a veteran right? There's a big VA medical center in north Las Vegas that would be fairly close to you. My husband goes there for a few things
and he's always been happy with the care he has received.
I am. Thanks for the reminder. I have secondary coverage through the military's Tricare insurance, payable after Medicare. I'm registered and eligible for treatment at VA centers, but have chosen to leave the limited availability of services for those who don't have other insurance. But it's good to be reminded that if I need it, it's there.

Dave
 

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They do that here too. Be sure to join the 'Life Flight' or whatever they call it there. That is a membership deal that makes you eligible for no-extra-cost medevac. Here it costs about $50/year for the whole family, or a one-time $1,000 payment for lifetime coverage.
Another good reminder. After we get settled, I'll make sure we're signed up for everything that is available. Better to have a service and not need it, than the other way around. :)

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What I noted is for emergency air transport, NOT transport to make appointments. Still fairly cheap to insure against a bill of 10's of $thousands in an emergency.
Yes, I understand. that's what makes it such a crazy great deal.
 

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Thanks for this discussion. There are not a lot of occasions that demand treatment right this minute, and I suppose even "regional" med centers are up to those, and that a vast area of the country is in places quite a ways from even a St George. As we age, and marvel at having arrived safely at the current one, we focus more on the need for emergency medical care. Near Mesquite shouldn't be a problem, but I always marvel at older people who choose places where it might take a paramedic 20 minutes or more even to get to you.
 

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I know this is all getting way off topic but ironically today I got a call from the doctors office saying the doctor is no longer with the practice! Lol! You can’t make this stuff up! As it is, he was new to the practice!

Anyway, so they have assigned a long time doc to us with appts. scheduled the beginning of July. This doc is our age and he only comes in 2 days per week. So who knows how long he will be working as he is at retirement age! Lol! We chose the other doc thinking he was young, not yet jaded and would hopefully be around as long as we are!

At this stage of the game we are taking what we can get.
 

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About a year before I retired (early), we built a new home in Nevada, and planned to retire there. Then my husband got a nice promotion and decided not to retire. After 4 years, he did retire, but by then we had decided we didn't want to move, and now the 2nd home is a vacation home, which we have no regrets about. Keeping both homes is having our cake and eating it to. (It's about a 4 hour drive.)
 

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I know this is all getting way off topic but ironically today I got a call from the doctors office saying the doctor is no longer with the practice! Lol! You can’t make this stuff up! As it is, he was new to the practice!

Anyway, so they have assigned a long time doc to us with appts. scheduled the beginning of July. This doc is our age and he only comes in 2 days per week. So who knows how long he will be working as he is at retirement age! Lol! We chose the other doc thinking he was young, not yet jaded and would hopefully be around as long as we are!

At this stage of the game we are taking what we can get.
I am glad they set you up with anther doctor quickly and you already have an appointment for early July since they were expecting to be closed until August. I wonder if they had to lay off the new doctor from the practice due to financial reasons. I am sure there has been an impact on their practice from Covid, especially if they been shut down since March.
 

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One thing Dave is I bet you are glad you are leaving Washington State and Seattle. Really a shame what’s going on there as they are such a beautiful city and state.

When I saw what went on recently in NYC, though we didn’t live in the city, considering the virus and everything else happening I am so happy to be far away from it now.
 
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One thing Dave is I bet you are glad you are leaving Washington State and Seattle. Really a shame what’s going on there as they are such a beautiful city and state.

When I saw what went on recently in NYC, though we didn’t live in the city, considering the virus and everything else happening I am so happy to be far away from it now.
Don't believe everything you're seeing on the news - things aren't nearly as bad as it's being reported. I severely dislike politics of any persuasion, and I choose to avoid things that make me uncomfortable - it triggers a lot of issues from my military service that I prefer not to let affect my daily life now. I live far enough from Seattle to not be affected by a lot of what happens there. I like the city, and its diversity is what gives it a lot of its charm. A great place to come back and visit at some point, long after I move. :)

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Don't believe everything you're seeing on the news - things aren't nearly as bad as it's being reported. I severely dislike politics of any persuasion, and I choose to avoid things that make me uncomfortable - it triggers a lot of issues from my military service that I prefer not to let affect my daily life now. I live far enough from Seattle to not be affected by a lot of what happens there. I like the city, and its diversity is what gives it a lot of its charm. A great place to come back and visit at some point, long after I move. :)

Dave

Glad all is ok by you and you are not affected. I have never been to Seattle but from what I read and hear it is a beautiful city.
 
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