Plan Ahead to Find Good Health Care in Sussex County

If you’ve recently moved to southern Delaware you might be looking forward to lots of time at the beach, hanging out at the beautiful pool and pickleball courts in your new neighborhood, or just getting to know neighbors who’ve likewise come to appreciate our very low taxes and vibrant collection of fine homes and condos.

If you’re 55-plus you’re probably also thinking a lot about your health care. Ideally, you want a good local primary care physician, the opportunity for all necessary preventive care, and access to specialists well-qualified to protect your knees and hips, eyesight and everything else you need to stay active and healthy.

For these reasons and more I’m going to do a few blog posts on Delaware’s healthcare options, beginning in Sussex County. Today’s post is in response to the question we get most often from new and potential home buyers:

How difficult is it to find good doctors? 

I’ll answer this one with a caveat. From my experience and the experiences of fellow agents, neighbors and Sussex County friends, there are lots of fine physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals in the area. People tell us good things in particular about the ER teams at Beebe Healthcare, and about the highly qualified doctors who take care of them on an ongoing basis. 

In fact, a search of feedback from locals who’ve taken the time to write about their experiences turned up more than 200 letters to the Cape Gazette during the last few years.

What we also hear though is it can take a bit of time to find and schedule a visit with a primary care provider. A recent social media inquiry drew more than a dozen responses and the consensus is that it might take two, four or even six months to get your first appointment with an internal medicine specialist in Sussex County. 

So yes, you probably will get good healthcare, and you probably can find good doctors, but it’s best to start your search as soon as you move here, if not before. 

There are a couple of options for doing so. One is to go to the Beebe web site and search for a doctor by specialty. The good news is that thanks to Beebe’s significant expansion over the past decade you can find both primary care physicians and just about any type of specialist you need. 

Greater investments can bring a higher level of care

Another increasingly popular option is to find a doctor tied to what’s become known as “Concierge Care.” If that calls to mind a kind and solicitous individual at a desk in a fancy hotel lobby who offers you special advice and opportunities, you’ve got an accurate idea of what it’s about.

People who join up through the MDVIP organization pay a yearly membership – which in Delaware averages around $1,800 – that ensures you get more preventive care, including advanced screenings and diagnostic test and probably more personal support for managing chronic health conditions. What may be especially important to many is the likelihood that you can get appointments with your MDVIP doctor on a day’s notice. You may also be able to get more extensive health screenings for preventive care that might not normally be covered by Medicare. 

This appears to be a pretty good deal for folks our age, with research showing MDVIP- affiliated healthcare teams have been shown to decrease ER visits and hospitalizations, perhaps because the more personalized care helps patients identify health conditions before they become problematic.

I’ll continue to learn and write about this topic over the next few months because it’s so important to everything we care about at our company. I’ll also continue spotlighting all of the other crucial aspects to a healthy life, including being physically active, regardless of your age, and enjoying all of the fresh local produce and other great foods available close to home. 

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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