I have rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid and obviously, chronic pain. I lost my job and insurance this past January and have recently received medicaid. I was on 30mg morphene sulfate timed release with (4) 15mg breakthrough per day, and Humira. My GP has me on .225 mg of synthroid which is WAY too high and I have constant, severe hot flashes. I CAN NOT find a rheumatologist, endocrinologist or pain management specialist that will accept medicaid, and due to my loss of income, even though I am still currently receiving unemployment, I cannot afford to lay out these expenses and bill medicaid. Considering the current politics that cut doctor's fees so low that most dropped out, as well as all the drug abusers in Florida, I understand why, but what am I supposed to do? I am in such severe pain I can barely walk; I have unbelievable sharp pains in my knees and hips, and every joint in my body is on fire. I'm only 43, and my kids are 5 and 6. I can not function like this. I went to the emergency room today upon the advice of a medicaid employee, and they not only gave me nothing, they could not help me find doctors. I feel so discouraged and depressed. I MUST be there for my kids; I don't want to spend one more second telling my children mommy hurts today honey, I can't play. Can anyone help? Any suggestions?
Usually there is a customer service number on the back of your card you can call and they will assist you with helping u find a doctor that accepts medicaid, if not go on the internet and type in doctors that except medicaid in your area, and the type doctor that u are looking for, I no it is hard with medicaid, I am suprized the hopital didn't give u any info, I live in Jersey and I no they have charity care and things like that, but if u can first find a pcp that accepts it first, then I am hoping they will beable to lead u in the right direction on specialist you need to see and accept medicaid... good luck... and GOD BLESS U AND YOUR FAMILY!!
This is a major problem throughout the united. While the politicians say everyone can get healthcare, the answer is yeah if you have the millions you do. I would suggest finding a teaching hospital. Where there are interns and residents there are clinics. Clinics charge sliding scale or nothing. They have all the specialties. My bf went to the UVA clinics for everything and got excellent care.
Is there any kind of members services number on your Medicaid card? Call the number and find out if you have a case manager assigned to you. They may have one assigned and she/he is backlogged in their calls so they havent called you yet.. If you dont have one assigned, ask if you can have one assigned to you. A Case Manager can help you find Drs who take Medicaid and help you coordinate specialists. If there are no CM's available, ask members services to help you find a doc in your area. This is indeed a problem all across the US that is only going to get worse. Free healthcare is useless if you cant find a Dr to see you or you have to wait a year to see one of the few that can see you especially when you are in pain and every minute feels like an hour. I cant believe that the ER couldnt at least have you talk to a social worker to help you find a Dr. That is crappy care! Your best bet is to try to call members services of your Medicaid but there are also doc finders online.
Another resource you can try is your states medicaid website. They have a docfinder. Here is the address for that: /www.floridahealthfinder.gov Go down to the bottom right and it says locate and click on docs and specialists and you should be able to find someone-good luck and I hope this helps!
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