BasicMed experience - difficult to get a doctor to do it

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BasicMed experience - difficult to get a doctor to do it

Posted by Christopher Beasley on Jul 24, 2019 9:30 am

I tried calling several general practitioners' offices, and most said they wouldn't do anything pertaining to the FAA.  I finally made an appointment with a doctor and showed up, but then the guy said they had a policy of not doing anything relating to aviation.  I showed him the instructions to the doctor and explained that I didn't need an AME, just a licensed physician.  Turns out he was a nurse practitioner and there was no licensed physician in the office that day anyway, and their policy would prevent him from doing the exam anyway.

I finally found a local AME, who I figured would know about BasicMed.  They accepted the appointment, but when I arrived the receptionist wanted to see my FAA paperwork.  She didn't know anything about BasicMed or how it was different from a normal second or third class medical.  Anyway, the AME did the exam and signed the form, explaining that they have only been asked to do 3 BasicMed exams in the past two years, vs. hundreds of normal aviation medicals.

Just wondered what your experience has been finding a doctor to do BasicMed exams.
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Re: BasicMed experience - difficult to get a doctor to do it

Posted by Karol Zadora-Przylecki on Aug 19, 2019 1:21 pm

Ronald Levy:

John Mulvey:
Actually, Hypertension does not require a special issuance.

I don't know what AME Guide Dr. Mulvey is using, but if you do not meet the Third Class standards for blood pressure, you need a SI before you can get a Third Class medical certificate.  

Hypertension does not require SI if it is well controlled by approved medications. It is  is on the Conditions AME Can Issue list 

Re: BasicMed experience - difficult to get a doctor to do it

Posted by Ronald Levy on Aug 19, 2019 3:32 pm

Karol Zadora-Przylecki:

Ronald Levy:

John Mulvey:
Actually, Hypertension does not require a special issuance.

I don't know what AME Guide Dr. Mulvey is using, but if you do not meet the Third Class standards for blood pressure, you need a SI before you can get a Third Class medical certificate.  

Hypertension does not require SI if it is well controlled by approved medications. It is  is on the Conditions AME Can Issue list 

...which is clearly addressed in the AME Guide.  But if you don't meet those standards, you need an SI for a Third Class.  OTOH, a physician may still legally sign the Basic Med for conditions which an AME cannot issue.

 

Re: BasicMed experience - difficult to get a doctor to do it

Posted by John Hempel on Sep 22, 2019 6:28 pm

This thread illustrates why you are having difficulty getting the doctor to sign the basic med form. It is a serious liability threat. I don't blame the doctors. I blame the litigious society we have today. I am very fortunate that my doctor has a lot of patients that are pilots, so he was already aware of basic med when I asked him to fill out the form. It helps that he has been my general practitioner for over 20 years, so he knows my health better than I do. He is not a young guy, so I will be in your position when he retires.