Posted 9/18/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -7)
I thought it was standard practice for a medical office to reassign a doctors patients to another physician, in fact, I think they are negligent in not doing so. Also, I believe they have to assign you to another doctor that is the same type of doctor or can provide appropriate treatment. I would definitely complain to the office manager, and possibly call patient advocate at thepatientadvocate.org and have someone call the office to explain to these airheads in the office that you are on medicines that cannot be abruptly discontinued and that you need special care and find out what thepatientadvocate suggests you do. I would also talk to your insurance company and/or the state medical board. I really don't think they can legally just do that. It may be a case of patients rallying together to get him back at least part time or to see him at another practice.
I hope you find your rheumy and support him. Good docs are hard to find. Sometimes just having an outside agency calling a doctors office and talking to the office manager is all it takes to make them realize that there may be legal repercussions to the way they handled things. I wish you the best.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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