In a recent blog post, I talked about how we were courting a new family doctor as my current one is so far away from where we live and I really need someone to do the well baby-checks after the baby arrives, plus to manage any thing that might come along in our health. Yesterday was our big blind date. Prior to meeting with the doctor we had to complete paperwork that detailed our medical history including any diagnoses, surgeries, medications, etc. I had decided to be completely upfront with her and listed everything, against my better judgement.
Plain and simple, I was rejected. This doctor works out of a walk-in clinic which has a firm policy that it does not prescribe pain medications of any type to patients. The unfortunate reality in my life is that I have multiple pain-inducing illnesses. My pain management doctor has been the one who has been prescribing my pain meds in the past for all of these conditions. In any case, the GP stated that a family doctor should have the ability to prescribe for you any of the medications that you are taking, and with their policy on not prescribing pain medications, they wouldn't be able to live up to the ability of being able to prescribe anything that would help with my multiple pain conditions. I countered with "But I don't need you to prescribe them" andwas still refused to take me on as a new patient. I feel rejected and almost discriminated against for having the illnesses that I do have.
What is a person supposed to do when they can't control the fact that illness sometimes is a (major) part of life? Isn't preventative medicine, in the form of having someone to complete your yearly physicals, etc, supposed to keep the cost of our overall healthcare down since hopefully long-term disease could be squashed before it became such? Are we supposed to outright lie in order to be able to get a doctor who would be willing to take us on as patients?
These are the questions that plague my mind at 3am. In the meantime I guess it's time to keep going on blind dates to look for the one...