Has anyone here ever been kicked out of a Doctor's practice for non compliance by refusing a statin drug?
I got a phone call today from the nurse at my doctor's office telling me that my lab appointment for tomorrow has been changed to a fasting appointment. The GP has ordered a diabetic labs including A1C and fasting cholesterol.
I asked why the cholesterol test when I am intolerant of statin drugs because of some side effects? The nurse reminded me of the fact that my LDL level was out of control and my A1C at 6.1 wasn't very good either.
She then insuinuated that when a patient's levels are out of control that it makes the doctor and the practice look bad. I was told that 'they' (whomever they are) are putting the pressure on the doctor for all patients, especially diabetic patients, to be under control, and perhaps if I wasn't under control that I would be kicked out of the practice.
So.......now in addition to worrying about managing my diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol - I have to worry whether I will be kicked out of the doctor's practice too? I thought this was America, where we have freedom to choose what medicine we want to take? :(
Does this perhaps mean that they only want patients who don't think for themselves, and only follow to the 'letter' the instructions of the doctor?
To which your reply could be, "Great! I am looking for a doctor who is willing to work with me, could you give me an example of what you think taking my "health seriously" means to the doctor?"
You will only be considered non-complaint and undesirable if you tell the new doctor. Only after contacting your old doctor or seeing a copy of your records will this "non-compliant" thing come up. So don't tell your new doctor, after all you take your health seriously and you are compliant, just not compliant with medical advice you don't accept.
I am scared "s------s" because of this fact that you've stated. I feel my doctor already has that 'excuse' to fire me! I am on Medicare because I am 67 years old.
Mayumi, you do have some power in this. You cannot take the nurse's word as final. Talk to your doctor. Natalie is exactly right that they should be exploring other statins and other drugs that could help reduce or avoid side effects.
Not to be political, but the Jan 1 2013 27% rate cut is part of the automatic provisions should Congress not reach a deal on the fiscal "cliff." It is not a provision of Obamacare. It was hoped that legislators would reach a consensus exactly in order to to avoid these steep automatic cuts.
You by all rights have the right to refuse to take any type of meds, even if the doctor wants you to take them. You as a patient have the right to refuse care and can't be dismissed. They can't not dismiss you from their practice on that basis. If they do or have issues with the nurse, talk to the "House Administrator" about the issue. Although, if you continuely miss appointments, then they can.
There are certain meds that I will not take and will right out refuse take them. Either I have had bad experiences with the drug or it's expensive. My doctors respect my decision. Although, recently my endro and diabetic educator wanted to put me back on U500 insulin, in which I'm utterly afriad of due to people are more familar with U100. I was on U500, it worked for awhile and later on it stopped working. I had fought to get off it, due to levels were always high. But doctors said it worked for awhile and I was having issues in missing work due to high blood sugars again. So I went back on humalog.
One thing, if your not happy with your doctors decisions / performance may need to switch doctors.
I work in the medical field, and listen to what my patients have to say, but also give them the alternatives. You as a patient always have the right to refuse care even if it's for the best. Hope that makes sense.