Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

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Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

Posted by Peter Quattrociocchi on Jul 10, 2017 2:24 pm

Has anyone convinced their doctor to conduct a BasicMed physical?  I can't tell if my doctor is afraid of legal consequences or protecting the income stream of the local AME.  All he says is that the community is having a conversation about BasiMed, do not want to rush into it.  It's a stinking physical!

If anyone has made a convincing argument with their physician please pass it on.
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Re: Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

Posted by Stanley Gatewood on Apr 19, 2018 2:07 pm

I'm having the same problem finding a doctor that will do the BasicMed here in the Bullhead City, AZ area.   I've checked several doctors and have trouble even getting past the rececptionist.  When they hear anything about airplanes they want to refer me to an AME.    When I ask my regular AME in Vegas if he can do a BasicMed, he says NO.  I'm sure I haven't looked hard enough, but maybe somewhere there is a list of doctors who will do a BasicMed.   I'll keep looking before I give up.  

Re: Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

Posted by Stanley Gatewood on Apr 19, 2018 3:01 pm

I just called AOPA Pilot Info Center (888-462-3976) and explained my problem of finding a doctor willing to do BasicMed.   They were very helpful.  They were able to provide the 3 closest doctors in my area, one in Yuma and 2 in Phoenix area.  200 miles or more away, but that's better than nothing.   

Re: Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

Posted by Broc Burke on Apr 21, 2018 7:30 pm

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Re: Convincing a physician to conduct a BasicMed physical

Posted by Mike Barker on Aug 24, 2018 9:32 am

I had some concerns in this area. I’m 54 and my 3rd class expires in September. I hadn’t really looked up Basic Med myself, though I knew it was now “a thing”. Anyway, I had a checkup scheduled with my family physician a couple of weeks ago. Before I went in, I read up on BasicMed on the AOPA site. While I was there I asked him about an FAA BasicMed. He told me he had never done the necessary stuff to do the FAA exams. I explained to him the FAA had decided that small private pilots like me were not falling out of the sky due to medical problems, and that as long as I have a valid drivers license and he sees no medical issues, I’m good to fly. I did tell him there is still some online training and self assessment that I need to do-but he would basically be doing the equivalent of work or sports physical. He said he needed to look into it, and asked if I had any info I could provide.
Well, there’s always a follow up to discuss my blood results, so I was ready. I went to AOPA and followed the links to the 9 page BasicMed worksheet. I filled out my portion on the computer. I also filled in most of last page of physician info (name, address, etc for him). I took the whole 9 pages with me to the follow up. He looked it over, did two little exam items we had not done on my initial visit, finished his checklist and signed it. I left him the physician instruction pages when I left.
So the bottom line is that the physicians out there are as overwhelmed as the rest of us by daily life. He assumed the FAA was going to give him some pretty strict or extensive requirements for BasicMed, but now he knows that’s not the case. And he knows it’s just for private 172 captains like myself.....He won’t be certifying the pilots of our locally headquartered regional airline.