Doctor - Psych. office after 17 yrs. (I'm on Xanax) & told by his staff "he no longer accepts cash?
- 28 Mar 2012 by Daisy27
- 29 Mar 2012
- xanax, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, doctor
Added 28 Mar 2012:
About 17 yrs. ago I started seeing a psychiatrist. She put me on a low dose of Xanax, for the first time in my life I felt normal. My nerves have always been bad. My father was the same way but he drank to cope. So I saw her for about 1 yr.. She left & I was told to see another Dr. in the same office for what they call "medicine checks". I would go in, every 2-3 months. Sit with him for 5 min. (barely) & he gave me my meds. He has my diagnosis as "major depressive disorder along w/ secondary generalized anxiety", as well as noting "that he has often wondered about whether I have attention deficit disorder". To try to make an even longer story short- through the next 17 or so yrs.& same Dr., I am still on the Xanax (2 mg) he just upped the dosage 5 mo. ago. I'm also on Trazodone (150 mg), Elavil (150 mg.), Adderall (20 mg). About 3 mo. ago he started me on a low dose of Lamictal, for the possiblity I may have bi polar disorder. I always had insurance thru my husbands work. Last summer he lost his job. I had to start paying cash for all my appointments. Today, to my surprise & shock, I called my Dr.s office to schedule an appt. I was told that the office "no longer accepts cash payments"! ??? I talked to someone in the office & she said that's the new policy. I pointed out to her that if I don't have the Xanax I am going to have seizures. I had 2 before when I was off the medication. She told me he will still prescribe the meds, but I'm sure she means as much as I need to taper me off. I am really worried about the Xanax. I don't understand WHY, after seeing him for 17 yrs. his office no longer suddenly accepts CASH as a payment?? AND why he would start me out on a bi polar med. in the first place when he knew of my money situation? Has anybody ever heard of this or has any idea about NOT accepting cash as a payment?! I really need help and would be gratefull for ANY response. By the way, when speaking to the woman at his office she said she would e-mail him about this & call me by 8pm, but I know from experience thats what they always say & it can be weeks for him to respond (if he even does). I NEVER heard of anybody NOT accepting cash. Thank you again for ANY response or help with this situation.
Added 31 Mar 2012:
First off thank you all SO much for taking the time to reply to my post & giving me your advice. This was my first post & didn't know what to expect.
Anyway, my husband got up early yesterday & drove 50 miles round trip to go get my medical records in Pt. Huron, MI ( the lady at the office I've been going to for 17 yrs. told me I needed to get my records notorized before I fax them to her!!?). From there, I had to copy the records here @ home, so I "took them" another 45 mi. down to his office near Detroit. I walked in, handed them to the receptionist, told her the Dr. wanted my records from the office near me that just closed. I said I need to make an appt. so I can see him before he goes on vacation in the first 2 weeks of April. I didn't mention to the receptionist anything about the rediculous claim that "they don't accept people paying with cash"! I got my appt. Then I cleared up the mystery of where my Lamictal was called in. I told her how I was told my Lamictal was called in to 3 different pharmacies but when I called they had not been called in to any of them. I gave her my rx bottle of where I originally got them the first time & told her that is the number of where I would like them called/faxed in. So after all that was done I seen the Doctor was doing his "medicine checks" so I decided to wait until he was done w/the woman he just took into his office. About 2 min. later, when he came out, I walked up to him & asked if there was some kind of problem I wasn't aware of as to why his office mngr. is saying they don't take cash as a form of payment. He just knodded and started saying, " I talked to the office staff & everything is fine & not to worry at all".?? Ok..?? So I was mad about all the running around these people had me do. I DO have an appt. for the 24th of April & I will be discussing ALL the stress HE is causing me. He's "suppossed" to be my doctor but HE'S is causing me more stress than the reasons I go in to see him! Definitly something shady going on. I will not be letting my guard down with this Dr. It's amazing how these Dr.s can keep you waiting in the waiting room for hours b/c "they know" you need your medication. I feel a lot better though & again thank you guys for your feedback. I love this website, it's so informative & a great forum to share your thoughts. The only thing I'm not used to yet is how to respond to your posts. I am hoping I did this right. Thanks so much!
I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this, especially with someone you've had your trust in for over 17 years! I think this is ridiculous. It may have something to do with the government cracking down on doctors who prescribe things like xanax and opiate pain killers - they're really coming down on them and making it difficult for patients to get the medications they need. Your doctor saying he doesn't take cash may just be his way of trying to get "rid" of you so he doesn't have the government breathing down his neck. I can't think of any other reason for this.
You could ask around, ask a nurse at a hospital or another doctor about this. The only other thing to do would be to contact a lawyer and have a consultation with him just to see what your course of action should be. I don't mean to sue your doctor, just to see what your rights as a patient of his are. Don't just walk away with your tail between your legs and let this happen to you. Find out exactly what's going on so you are aware of the laws and know your rights. This doctor can't just dump you like this, can he? It just doesn't seem right for him not to take cash patients. That's utterly ridiculous!
Good luck with everything, let me know what you find out. I'm dying of curiosity to see why this doctor won't take cash patients and what you can do about it. God bless you.
You have been caught in the scare the poop out of any doc that prescribes narcotics. Thank the DEA and our federal government for all the new rules. I thought everyone would take cash, OMG, your doc apparently is running scared. Down here in Florida, a lot of the psychiatrists have given up their Class II narc writing due to arrests, lawsuits and even some docs losing their license to practice medicine, and actual jailtime for some. The only reason I can think of that he won't take cash is that's the way the pill mills work. All cash basis, pay your $250.00 at the door and walk out with your drug du jour. That certainly makes it extremely hard for the really needing good healthcare people. I know exactly what you mean Daisy as I am experiencing the same thing you are.
I pray that things get worked out for you.
Couple thoughts here. First the no cash rule. It may be that he had been having a problem with someone in the office and he is controlling that cash does not disappear. My accounting background has been involved in these scenarios. I have found thieves at the front desk. People are desperate these days. This is a real,risk factor for the doc. It may well have nothing to do with a conspiracy theory. Either way he could not tell you why. So why not write a check or get one of those pay as you go cards that you can get most anywhere. Then you are covered.
My second, though, is that any shrink you use for such a long time, you really ought to try someone new. You are obviously displeased, don't understand the med check, which is done by an MD, which sounds like they have poor communication skills, and is a fifteen minutes slot at best because That is how insurance is billed, and the meds are getting out of hand. If you would like to make changes in your life, this is a great place to start.
you got nothing to lose with this group and the potential to find someone great would be my direction. Good luck with your choices. You deserve a fresh start.
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