Dr. Graeme Bethune

Doctor

Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia Map External Link
Gender:M
Specialty:Internist / Geriatrician
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Practice: Bethune Graeme Dr
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Phone:902-425-6131
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Profile updated 19/08/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 20 reviews. Dr. Graeme Bethune has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Internist / Geriatrician-related: adult healthcare, general adult care, general adult medicine, primary adult care
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 5501486
30/05/14 2 3 4 3 Greatly reduced hours in recent years, only 12 hours per week (in scattered 2.5 or 1.5 hour chunks). Very difficult to contact as phone is only answered (maybe) during those few hours. No answering machine, and phone rings busy during much of the time when he is in the office. It's been noticed his receptionist gabs on the phone when his office is open. This should not be allowed. I have had to visit local clinics more frequently than I have seen him due to the difficulty in reaching him over the past several years. He is moving to a new location in July. Perhaps he will have a better receptionist and improved communications at that location. His caregiving seems sincere, but he tends to under-diagnose and has missed several important medical conditions I experienced. His usefulness comes in being an avenue for referrals to specialists and to prescriptions.  Respond
RID: 2887314
30/09/13 5 5 5 5 Graeme is the best, I have been with him since he took over the practice from Dr.Cox, January 1971 I think it was, hate to see him retire. He is the best.  Respond
RID: 2679042
14/06/13 5 5 5 5 He has been our family doctor since 1978. He delivered our 3 children. He is smart and humble enough to refer as needed. Our family have the highest regard and affection for him. He is a person of integrity. Endangered species for sure. We will be sorry when he retires. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
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RID: 2588110
18/03/13 1 1 1 1 Dr Bethune should be reported to the Medical board. He has mis diagnosed my father twice. Most recently my father went to him complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. Dr Bethune passed this off as acid reflux, which turned out to be angina/heart attacks. He didn't even send him for an ECG! My father ended up in emergency and was admitted right away and had a triple by pass. We have been told that he is lucky to be alive today. Dr Bethune is very difficult to get in touch with. He does not have an answering service and he seems to only have someone work part time hours to answer the phone. Even our pharmacist complains that he is difficult to get in touch with to answer questions about prescriptions. We have since switched Doctors.  See Responses
RID: 2553231
07/02/13 2 4 5 5 Dr.Bethune is a great Doctor. I have been seeing him for years, he actually delivered me :) He is full of knowledge, but very overworked. Although his receptionist is very nice, I would replace her in a heartbeat, I can never get through on the phone, no answering machine, it gets very frusturating, I often give up and go see a duty doctor. This is really my only complaint about his office, actually I find that a lot of "paperwork" gets lost by the receptionist, or things just get forgotten about. He is wonderful though.  Respond
RID: 2510835
24/12/12 5 5 5 5 Excellent family doctor., very helpful and reassuring. Gets referrals if he does not know, but knows a lot. 
Insurance: Medicare
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RID: 1528297
02/09/11 3 4 5 5 An excellent family doctor, compassionate and caring. Good at referrals if required.  Respond
RID: 1466751
17/06/11 1 2 5 4 Doctor Bethune will take you in between appointments if need be. Very professional but terribly overworked and unabl eto handle current workload. Does not answer office phone, no answering machine and very unorganized. Poor communications, doesn not return calls etc  Respond
 
27/09/10 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1059418
17/12/09 3 5 4 5 Very good doctor, reserved but knowledgeable and helpful. His secretary manages the answering machine badly but is pleasant enough in person.  Respond
RID: 905579
05/06/09 5 5 5 5 has been my gp for years. he is lovely. answers all my questions and refers me to someone who can help if he cant  Respond
RID: 876383
02/05/09 4 5 5 5 Dr Bethune is a very quiet mannered, unassuming professional with a "matter of fact" way about doing business. He listens intently, probes for all the facts and then discloses his decisions. He is not afraid to seek the advice of other Doctors/professionals who are experts in their fields while not omitting his analysis and responsibility for the problem or concern. He often allows for patient choice and does not assume the "doctor knows all" position. I must admit that he spends little time with self disclosure and makes no attempt to "become your friend". He is your doctor. Some patients may want more hand holding. While some may describe this as being cold, I have absolutely loved his abilibty to stick to the task at hand and to instil complete confidence in his role as my doctor. He smiles slowly and when the smile is complete you leave feeling pleased your medical needs are met.We do not thank our Doctors enough.Thank you Dr. Bethune -you are a true gem and one in a million!.  Respond
RID: 795672
20/02/09 4 4 4 4 Nice guy, I've got nothing bad to say about him... but I haven't had the exceptional experience that some of these other comments suggest  Respond
RID: 155898
24/02/07 5 5 5 Dr. Bethune is one of a kind. No words can express the gratitude we feel for having him as our doctor. How many doctors today will visit a patient on a Sunday, just because they care! What other doctor will call with information on growing carrots!! Dr. Bethune, thank you for being you and having the compassion you show and putting a smile on our faces, when times were low. Also, your reception staff you share with the other doctors are fantastic. Hugs to you all. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
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RID: 115499
27/01/07 4 5 5 I haven't been to this doctor in years but I seen him from the time i was a teenager until after my first son was born and he was wonderful. Always helpful and willing to listen to your concerns. He was great with me and my son. I would definitly recommend him.  Respond
RID: 81979
14/01/07 5 5 5 Dr Bethune has been our family doctor for many years and he has always provided exceptional services. I fully trust him and he is highly recommend to anyone looking for an excellent family doctor. I feel fortunate to have such a talented and compationate doctor in my community.  Respond
RID: 79187
11/01/07 5 5 5 I have had the pleasure of working with Dr Bethune for over 4 years. He has always shown a genuine interest and compassion for what he does and the people he serves. He truly is a pillar of the medical community. Well respected and admired for his dedication and passion, he represents for all us what critical role physicians can play in optimizing our health and well being. A jewel in the crown of medical care in Halifax/Dartmouth!  Respond
RID: 77918
09/01/07 4 5 5 I was referred to Dr. Bethune when I was 19 years old. Since then he has delivered both my children and for the past 20 years has been nothing but professional, caring, knowledgable and personable. I trust his opinions explicitly. No matter how busy he may be, he has always returned calls and squeezed our family in for appointments when none were available. I would give him the highest rating as a family practitioner.  Respond
RID: 76969
06/01/07 5 5 5 A large number of his patients are other doctors, if that gives you an idea of how well respected he is.  Respond
RID: 68346
11/12/06 4 4 4 A very knowledgable and caring doctor. I give Dr. B. a very high rating. And if he doesn't know what is wrong, he has no problem referring you to someone who will. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
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RID: 66716
08/12/06 5 5 5 I and all of his other patients whom I know think that Dr Bethune is one of the most caring and knowledgeable medical practitioners that we have met.  Respond