Evidently there is an agenda to prevent primary "docs" from prescribing "narcotics"- pain medications to anyone; including those with medical and court proof of disability with pain.
Anyone that is paying attention to current events and agenda's across America, know that this has become common place.
Recently, the Doctor prescribing pain medication to me, and many others, was put on "administrative leave"; with a story that he might be coming back, but he is not. The specifics are hidden due to what I assume is related to his contract with the corporation that owns the clinic; which probably contains a "non-compete" and "non-disclosure", hence the "administration leave" which maintains the contract obligations.
I went to my appointment with another doctor from the clinic. He came into the room, about the typical 35 mins late, and proceeded to tell me the he was a certain kind of doctor, and didn't prescribe "pain meds", but he would refer me to a "pain management center" over 1.5 hours from my home. LOL.
He obviously never looked at my medical records, or he would have understood my restrictions, and how that would have been torture, and absolutely ridiculous. I told him that I understood the "insurance/legal concerned" over pain meds, but that I didn't care that his bosses were concerned about it. He prescribed my pain meds, and gave me a referral to a "Hospital"-corporation that wasn't even the one that owned the clinic; that I had seen many specialists at, and had many images taken..; I came to find out, that corporation didn't want any "pain management people".
I would love to hear anyone's story regarding their dealings with such "doctors", clinics, and hospitals.
I received a certified letter from the clinic a few days later. It stated that the clinic would no longer provide me with services, due to my "narcotics and stimulant" needs. LOL TAADAAA..."health care" w/no doc for more referrals.
I finally confronted my family doctor last week about his refusal to prescribe pain meds for the last 6 months. In all honesty I even felt bad about having to initiate a fairly heated conversation with him, whom I have been with for a decade now and consider him not only a doctor but also a friend.
The meeting was very revealing and pretty surprising.
The new (not sure how new, could be a year old for all I know) regulations set for doctors are strict and unforgiving. Documentation must be made and submitted for each and every patient that is prescribed a narcotic or controlled substance. The doctor has to account for the reasons for the prescription, the amount given, the frequency, and must see the patient in the office on a regular, predetermined basis in keeping with these regulations.
If so much as one patient's treatment w/a narcotic is determined to be outside of the accepted scope of these regulations, the doctor can have his/her license revoked and likely wind up in court to possibly be prosecuted.
We discussed the pain management medical community and the fact that more and more of them are refusing to prescribe narcotic medications. While not an earth shattering revelation, he said that they make a killing financially for the injections and other similar procedures.
We touched on the stigma faced by chronic pain patients and how doctors simply do not want anything to do with them, and as a State that had a problem with prescription narcotics being used illegally, the State's response was rife with overkill... which will become the new standard.
It's little wonder, then, why doctors act like they do with chronic pain patients. And who suffers for it? We do.