I live in a major Texas city.
I called the biggest pain mgt office in a 20 mile range and this is what they told me:
"First, you need a referral from someone, even if you have a PPO. Second, the doctors here don't manage medication. They only do procedures"
Ok, so this group of 4 board certified PM docs and 4 PA's only do, like, joint injections? Or nerve blocks? What if those fail? What happens then?
And, more to the point, who IS writing meds? Because primary care really doesn't want to do it either. And why should they when we have PAIN mgt physicians?
I will tell you or thing. Procedures= $$$. Pain meds= Texas medical board in your you know what.
The system = flawed
This might explain it. It makes me so mad my head explodes:
Interesting reading, but see if you can spot a trend...
Post Edited (Baileysmom) : 3/7/2012 11:41:43 PM (GMT-7)