This is the second doctor in a year and a half that has referred me to this pain management group and they will not accept me as a patient. I don't understand. They said I do not fit the criteria, yet I absolutely do. I know they can turn down patients, but I think they are being prejudice because I am on Medicaid. Nothing else makes sense. I do not abuse my medications and they advertise that they specialize in Fibromyalgia/Chronic Myofascial Pain which is exactly what I have. Anyone else experience this? It is humiliating and extremely frustrating and i really need to talk about it.
Yes. The clinics don't want to take Medicaid patients b/c Medicaid doesn't pay the full amount they charge other insurance companies. I have even been told that when they do accept Medicaid, they try to avoid patients with it because Medicaid's payout is usually a lot slower than other providers. See if you can't talk to the Accounts or Billing department and if they can't take you, they should offer you a place that can.
I would have your Primary who reffered you to begin with call the clinic that he wants to send you to. If you are not being accepted b/c you have medicaid then that is discrimination and you can file a complaint with the Medical Board. Also I would call medicaid and ask what pain management doctors/clinics are covered and let medicaid know the problems that you are having with these docs. I hope that everything works out for you. Good luck.
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