Review of Punta Gorda, Florida

Health Care is Wanting
Star Rating - 4/22/2017
We have lived here for six years and enjoy it very much. One gets used to the summers but they are uncomfortable. The fishing is pretty good - used to be much better. This is definitely a boating community. People are friendly and newcomers make friends quickly because we are all transplants.

The big downside is the quality of Medical care. Two of our three local hospitals (Bayfront Hospitals) recently again received D rankings; going to one of them in an emergency is a death sentence. The third, Fawcett, is decent but the ambulance service (PG Fire Department) refuses to make the trip. The local doctors are, for the most part, graduates of foreign medical schools or DOs (weren't smart enough to get into a US med school). Some, however, are good. Care is better but hardly world-class in Fort Myers. Those who can afford it, travel for treatment of serious conditions.
chris | Punta Gorda, FL
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Actually, a D.O. is more qualified than an MD. D.O.'s have many more hours of Med School to grad. AND, there are NO D.O. schools outside the US. AND there are many more Docs in D.O. schools, than MD's. These are the facts!
robert | Las Cruces, NM | Report Abuse

Ignorant assessment of DO's who are smarter than regular MD's as they incorporate holistic approaches which the voodoo AMA refuses to acknowledge. Fawcett is an awesome hospital and the two in Punta Gorda are death traps. Anyway, Punta Gorda is a huge sleeper in Florida.
Jim | Punta Gorda, FL | Report Abuse
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