So sorry about your md/medicaid troubles, I wish there wasn't such a stigma to medicaid and wish the system didn't penalize drs. with such poor reimbursement rates. You really can't blame the drs. Your GP or neurologist can certainly diagnose and order any tests nec. for any condition. I think it's not that drs. think pts on medicaid aren't worth seeing, it's that in great part, the federal government makes the paperwork process so foolish, and lengthy, and complicated, with so many hoops for the drs. to jump through, that it takes longer to TRY and get reimbursed $$ by medicaid, than it does to give care to the patient, and that the other part, unfortunately, is that too many people on public assistance try to cheat the system or abuse it. One of the classic examples that comes to mind is a mother who called an ambulance at 2am to bring her little boy to the ED on a Friday night because he had had a sore throat all week and she didn't have a ride to a dr. appt. or money for medicine. The amulance driver waited out of the goodness of his heart to drive them home himself, and we sent her home with all the medicine she needed for her son. Either way the taxpayers paid the bill, at least this child got the medicine and care he needed. If you called your nearest hospital and asked to speak to a staff social worker, perhaps he/she could name some drs. who accept medicaid and have a reputation for good care regardless how their bill is paid. Your neuro should know some rheumatologists, too. Could you get yourself to a lupus support group meeting? I think they are posted on the LFA website, and perhaps network for a rheumy that way? Or meet someone who might be able to help you out with a ride? Good luck,
ps I agree, tanning beds are dangerous but taking pictures for evidence is a very good idea
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and Ambien every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.