Difficulty scheduling tests, finding/seeing specialist in your state?
I live in NM. Recently had two ischemic strokes, back to back (2 weeks apart). My PCP ordered a series of tests and referral to a neurologist. The tests could not be scheduled for 2-3 months owing to backlogs at hospitals/medical centers across the state (including ABQ and Santa Fe). Three different neurologist practices (also including ABQ and Santa Fe) refused the PCP's referral because "we have too many patients". My PCP and cardiologist have both recommended I try out of state.
While my situation may be considered anecdotal, my wife and I have run into a large number of people in similar straits, not just with neurology but also gastroenterology, cardiology, and other specialties.
Is getting in to see a specialist and/or getting tests scheduled/performed as difficult in the state where you live?
Can anyone shed some light on what is going on and whether the situation is likely to improve, either locally or throughout the US?