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Smart Talk: York's Dr. Wanda Filer leads family physician group

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 22, 2015 9:05 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 22, 2015:

According to the National Institutes of Health the family physician is the physician generalist who takes professional responsibility for the comprehensive care of unselected patients with undifferentiated problems and who is committed to the person regardless of age, gender, illness, or organ system. The clinical specialty of family practice is patient centered, evidence based, family focused, and problem oriented.

If it sounds broad, it is. 

The family physician has always played a large role in their patients' health.  But in today's patient-centered, medical team concept, the family physician may be even more important.

The family physician is usually the first medical professional to see a patient.  Today, family physicians are seeing more patients all the time as more are insured under the Affordable Care Act and the population is getting older.

One of the largest organizations representing the interest of and advocating for family physicians is the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Wanda Filer of York is the new president of AAFP.  She appears on Thursday's Smart Talk.


Dr. Wanda Filer, AAFP President

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2015-10-22 09:07

    Please ask Wanda if her group is supporting a Medicare4All expansion to guarantee EVERYONE in this country have access to healthcare.

  • Linda img 2015-10-22 09:47

    I am one of those people who has suffered from chronic pain and other conditions. My doctors did what they could, but could not solve all my problems, so I turned to alternative care. I see a chiropractor and a Naturopathic doctor, (who went through medical school, then on to become an ND) and have been helped immensely with many problems. I pay out of pocket because the ND is not covered by traditional insurance offered by my line of work.
    1) I am so afraid that this line of support will be taken away some day because of the friction between alternative care and traditional medicine.
    2) Why can't the government fund more unbiased basic research so that more care is definitively evidence based? So many supplements (eg fish oil) started as "alternative" then later were endorsed by traditional MDs.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-22 09:56

    Gail emails:

    I love my family doctor. Do you think, since the hospitals are buying the practices, that the health care is becoming more about the bottom line than the patient? I called my doctor's office for a UTI and even though I had just visited the doctor 2 weeks ago they said I had to come in. I even suggested stopping by and giving a sample, but they said that the doctor still had to see me. I know my body and I know what I had, it seemed unreasonable to me. I ended up calling Teladoc and had a prescription called in for me within a few minutes on the phone with a doctor; and and all I had to pay for was the prescription. I started feeling better within a day.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-22 09:57

    Michael in Mechanicsburg emails:

    If health services remain a “for profit” business, can we continue on this path we are on? In my opinion, healthcare should not be a profitable business, because with all capitalistic business, there is always capital greed and possibly corruption. The guest mentioned that other country’s do not have the same problems we have, is that because their medical care is socialized or more socialized than ours?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-22 10:01

    Debby in Harrisburg emails:

    There is a new lab in central Pennsylvania called theranos. Their fees are posted publicly and are very reasonable. They also have unique techniques to taking blood work and apps on your phone to get the results. This lab is located Edwardsville Road and Valley Road in the Capital BlueCross store.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-22 10:02

    Pam in Columbia emails:

    Great conversation! I just had extensive blood work done. As it turns out, all is well so I have that peace of mind. I have Medicare coverage as well as a supplement but now I'm wondering how much of these costs will be covered. Is this a question I could have had answered beforehand?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-22 10:03

    Dana emails:

    Wanda: I was recently dropped by a surgeon without any substantiated reasons. And when they gave one,they changed the reason. I've contacted the patient advocate about filing a "code of contact"and never received a reply. This move by the physician has left me sitting still. I'm on SSDI,disabled and on Medicare. I'm not computer literate nor do I have the I pledge to go to the right person to help me file the AMA complaint. If this can't be read on the air,could you tell me of somewhere in York County that can listen and help my filing.