Many Triangle hospitals and clinics overwhelmed with bookings - WNCN: News, Weather

Many Triangle hospitals and clinics overwhelmed with bookings

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

Dr. Selene Parekh is an orthopedic surgeon at Duke's North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham. This time of year is normally busy for hospitals all over the country, but he said this year is different.

"We're seeing an all-time high," said Dr. Parekh.

He explained patients are suddenly overwhelming the system with requests for surgeries and appointments, partially because of the Affordable Care Act.

"They don't know what the out-of-pocket expenses will be and what the premiums will be," Dr. Parekh said.

His office is completely booked for the next three weeks, which is the volume they normally see in December.

This is also compounded by the normal end of the year rush from patients. After having met their deductibles, many are now trying to get any other elective surgeries in, since their health care plan will foot the bill.

As for the current complications with the Affordable Care Act, he explained it's all about adapting.

"It's the law of the land. So, whether you like it or not you got to learn to adapt," Dr. Parekh explained.

Dr. Parekh believes hospitals and clinics will only see more requests in the coming months. He said there is real concern if all patients will be able to get the care they are looking for.

His advice is to be patient, as many hospitals and clinics are trying to accommodate all the requests.

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • New Durham DA Echols sworn into office

    New Durham DA Echols sworn into office

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:51:26 GMT
    Durham's new district attorney will be sworn into office publicly Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
    Durham's new district attorney will be sworn into office publicly Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
  • Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:49:15 GMT
    Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
  • Granville Co. farmer donates 'ugly' corn to local charities

    Granville Co. farmer donates 'ugly' corn to local charities

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:48:11 GMT
    Nearly $3,000 worth of corn was donated to the Produce Box by farmer Gary Fuller, of Granville County.Nearly $3,000 worth of corn was donated to the Produce Box by farmer Gary Fuller, of Granville County.
    Rather than throw away thousands of ears of "ugly but good" corn, foiled after very wet summer, a local farmer chose to donate them to the needy.
    Rather than throw away thousands of ears of "ugly but good" corn, foiled after very wet summer, a local farmer chose to donate them to the needy.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.