Not directly bike-related, but it is a Boston specific question, so I hope it's ok that I put it here.
As the title says, what do you do when you need acute, but not emergency medical treatment?
I'm in Boston for my first post-college job. When I was in college and you had a medical problem that wasn't an emergency, you called up the health center and they got you an appointment for the next day or two. Before that, in my small hometown, if you got sick or hurt or whatever but didn't need to go to the ER, you called up the family doctor and he got you in within the next week or so. Sometimes within that day or the next.
So here I am in Boston, and just injured my back while moving my apartment. Called up my primary care doctor to see about getting an appointment and was told she has about a 6 month wait (earliest appointment is March 2012). I was like WTF? and said that wasn't going to work and wasn't acceptable as a general practice.
I don't see the point in going to the ER and tying up resources that should be directed to emergencies (or waiting in triage for 6-8 hours) for what feels like I sprained the ligaments that support my illial/sacral joint (based on range of motion ability and where pain occurred when I did that much worse before). With enough prescription Motrin that my wife had left over from when she had our baby 7 months ago, I'm able to manage the pain and am more or less mobile (though unable to pick up our 19 lb baby and getting dressed takes a while). So pain management isn't an immediate problem (until the Motrin 800 runs out), I'd like treatment for the underlying condition.
So Bostonians, where do you go when you're sick/injured in a non-emergency way like this and can't get in to see your primary care doctor for 6 months? Or is my primary care doctor just screwed up and I need to find a new one?