I has this discussion with my md today who I had to call for a referral to urgent care so insurance would cover itMe: hi dr soo soo, hate to bother you on the weekend but my asthma is really acting up nebs help but I see a problem brewing. I need a urgent care referralDr soo soo , no you need to go to the ER Me: I get great care at the urgent care that the military has designated for after hoursdr. Soo sooo: I understand you have a little medical training , I'm telling you need to be seen in the ER in case they need to admit yoI was able to speak in full sentences , peak flows borderline yellow/ green. I've been dealing with this my entire life, I knew all I needed was a urgent care visit get some steroids on board and I would be good to go. He insisted I go to the ER so a md could evaluate me. So off to the ER I went. Never once saw a md. I saw a Np at triage and the PA who discharged me both agreeing that urgent care would have been just as good , faster and not be crowding the ER . I'm infuriated by his reference to my education and the fact that this little ER. Visit is costing alot more than urgent care. Rant done
Jul 29, '12
Why would the physician risk a potential lawsuit in case you turned out to be wrong? I refuse to give anyone a referral just because they ask if I don't physically assess them myself. The physician did the absolute right thing here, especially given the current medicolegal environment. It had nothing to do with your education.
Last edit by traumaRUs on Jul 30, '12
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