Hello again my friends
Regarding the subject on dr.shopping. I am worried yet again because I did consult a new doctor and had decided to try him out,,, but I am afraid I made a mistake because I am not sure I am going to be able to afford the $300 per month for the follow up appointments. I know that if I dont have the money I cant go to the appoinment but in the mean time what would I do when I need my medicine again? Im going to my PCP to see if he knows a pain specialist that accepts medicaid. I received a bill from my insurance Co that I been trying to keep up with and it did not pay for the lumbar injection from the doctor I was with for 3 months and I cant go back there as there is no way I can afford to pay that.I will of course make a payment arrangement best I can. He just wants to do procedures that I cant afford. I am worried because if I do
finally find someone it might look like I got presciptions from differrent doctors. I did not get any medication until it was time to get it and I went to my usual pharamacy as always. I am trying so hard to obey all the laws and I am only trying to find a doctor who can help me with my pain and what I can afford. Its been impossible finding any pain specialist that accepts medicaid that is how I got in this situation to begin with. I might have to drop mediciad all together and maybe be able to go back with the dr I had for several years. Not sure what else to do as Im up against the wall. Why have insurance that doctors dont accept especially the drs I need the most. Thanks friends...
Am concerned yet again?
- 15 May 2011 by retta122
- 12 May 2012
- migraine, pain, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, breakthrough pain, disability, doctor, chronic
Hello again my friends
tough situation, where do you live that your doc's appointment's are so much, i go to an actual pain mgmt doc, and he only charges me $80, and he is in Carlsbad, CA when of the richest cities in San Diego County. But if you are completly open and honest with your doctor about what you are doing and why, it's better to come clean up front, i think if he is a good doctor, he will understand and help you out.
good luck in the future keep up updated.
Hey again, retta122,
I wish I had answers. I don't know why the insurance/medicaid and doctors are like that, but somehow, it's legal and they do it. I think they are more money greedy than in the olden days, when they didn't know as much, and they accepted any kind of 'pay' they could get such as a setting hen, or a super good supper that would be the doctor's favorite. Or, even just a pie or cake that was the doctor's pay, and the doctor considered that 'good enough.' LOL :D That was the good old days. Unfortunately, it's not like that now. They are more interested in the money now-even if you are good friends with the doctor!!! They still refuse to 'fix' it, where it's all paid up if you do a good deed for them. I know bc I have no insurance, and thus called 'self-pay.' Well, I had gotten down to my last payment on my hospital visits from him; and bc I didn't have the money, I held out making the very last payment. They sent it to collections, knowing that I am indigent. The lady that sent it to collections refused to take off the extra charge that she tacked onto it for the 'paperwork' that she did. (Everybody knows that you don't do paperwork anymore that it's a few simple lines on the computer, now. How dumb does that stupid woman think I am???) Anyway, I had to wait for my income tax check return to arrive, then I made my last payment bc I am honest. After that, it was 'okay' for me to have another doctor's visit. Here's the real truth: It is ILLEGAL to withold doctor's services, EVEN IF YOU CANNOT PAY!!! Retta, I don't know what to tell you about ur insurance and lack of ability to pay the doctors when you need to go. MY doctor knows how serious my situation is, and he tries extremely hard not to have to recommend me to any specialists. He does try me on different meds that he knows that he can prescribe to me legally. (It can be some pretty serious stuff!) If I need pain medicine or a new prescription for my fibro medicine, he just writes it or sends a fax to my pharmacy. He has known me for many years now, and knows I'm honest. I have seen him at least once where somebody frauded him by writing their own prescriptions and using his name. THAT really yanks his chain!!! He knows I don't and won't abuse my scrips, so he will do that for me. Occasionally, if it's been too long since he's seen me, he will tell his staff to call me back and tell me he needs to see me. Otherwise, I get a red flag, and he knows I don't need that. Well, I've said too much. I hope something I said is helpful to you, and/or amusing.Maybe your Primary Care Doctor can write a scrip or two that can help you w/o having to see a specialist. I know it's frustrating for you, but it's frustrating for your main doc, too. Tell them to at least try. Good luck and stay in touch. Take care and have a good day. -EJ :)
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