Dr. Mark Ibsen in Montana has been videotaping stories of some of the pain patients who come to him for help. The video at the link is about a pain patient who took a drug test, the results showing positive for bud. Even though the patient has a medical marijuana card, the doctor’s office was not happy about the positive result. (I think most pain patients can be fired for testing positive for any federally illegal drug.)
But what got this patient fired (after 7 1/2 years with her doctor) is a positive result for methamphetamines, which she denies taking. The nurse called and fired her as a patient, but said she could get another appointment in three months. That doesn’t make much sense to me. Sure, patients get abandoned all the time, but why would a doctor’s office offer another appointment after three months?
Did the doctor terminate you as a patient or is this a trial separation? How desperate do you have to be to return to a doctor who fired you? What kind of relationship can you have after that?
You pay to see a doctor for over 7 years — that’s a long-term relationship. That’s longer than a lot of marriages, including mine. Of course, a marriage contract is a lot different than a patient contract. When two people get married, the law considers them equal partners in the contract. Not so with pain contracts, where the patient has absolutely no power whatsoever. Allegedly break a rule and you’re out the door. You don’t even get the option of arbitration or any kind of dispute resolution.
And if the doctor breaks a rule? That’s funny, as if doctors (and DEA agents) have to follow the rules.