Arranging Transportation to Doctors’ Appointments

For those of you who live in Georgia, have Medicaid, and are wondering how to arrange free transportation to doctor’s appointments, here you go. I set up my son’s first Medicaid ride yesterday and it was a little less painful than usual for dealing with the medical/governmental bureaucracy.

After some digging around I found this link to the Medicaid transportation program:
Choosing the right telephone number for the county he lives in, I listened to all the menu options because I figured I might learn something. When I finally got a human being on the other end, they took DS’s medicaid number, and they said, “he’s on SOURCE, so you need to talk to L–.” They transferred me to her voice mail and I left my name and telephone number.

No less than five minutes later, “L– from Southeastrans” calls me back. She takes the important information like addresses, dates, and times. She says when he is done at his doctor’s appointment to call her or the generic Southeastrans number to arrange his return home. His pickup time was an hour before his appointment time, which is not too bad of a wait for a twenty-minute trip. She also gave a confirmation number. The process to set up transportation was not too difficult on the whole. I hope the actual execution of the transportation works.

I have received a couple of telephone calls from DS in the last couple of days. We were mainly talking about this business of his upcoming appointment. I am mailing him his Medicaid card. He also told me CA has some more papers for me to see; they won’t fax well because of highlighting or something. DS sounded a bit nervous about riding the Medicaid transportation and I am feeling nervous about this now too. Not about the transportation as much as whether I should let him go to this appointment alone. It means the doctor will only hear DS’s input about how he is doing, which knowing DS he will say he is just fine. I have been going with DS to all his doctors’ appointments since his diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. It is difficult for me to go to this one because of the distance and my schedule. Also, I did not enjoy my last visit with DS AT ALL, and doctors and medicine are topics that I have to be careful about with DS.

I am still trying to decide whether I should just go. After all if something goes wrong I will be the one to pick up the pieces. We had something happen last October where I think I made a difference by being at an appointment. (That story is a doozy, in my opinion. I need to finish my Recollections posts to get to that one. I am trying to tell these stories in chronological order.) Remembering last October and thinking about how nervous DS sounded about going alone, I think I have now convinced myself to go with him. Then again, I have not been around DS a great deal in the past month because he is living an hour away. I am not sure I have much to say to the doctor.

There is one rather sad thing to report today. I asked DS if he was spending a great deal of time on the internet, since it used to be a great love of his before he was ill. He said, no, he has been too busy. I should have been more curious and asked him what he was doing. In the past when I have asked that question he usually told me what keeps him busy is thinking. Since he has been ill he has been too busy to read or do anything it seems. Mostly he walks and meditates, as he calls it.

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