View Full Version : Have you heard of this from a doctor?

10-12-2011, 04:41 PM
I was given a referral to see a rheumatologist. My referral came through, and so I called the doctor to schedule an appointment. The receptionist told me that this doctor only sees people on a referral basis. I told her that I had a referral, but she said that the doctor would look at my referral and the notes, and then decide if he wants to see me. If he decides to see me, they will call me to make my appointment.

I have never had this happen to me before. I can't believe that he would decide that without even talking to me. My gut is telling me to see if I can request another provider. I know that rhuematologists are busy, but it already seems that he is going to have his mind made up just looking at my file. I am not sure that I like that very much even if decides to see me.

Anyone else had this happen to them?

10-12-2011, 08:40 PM
Wow! I've heard of doctor's not taking on new patients because they has a set number that they'll see, but gee, what are you supposed to do in the meantime? and did you get a time frame? Maybe I'm wrong but I thought the patient interviewed the doctor, not the other way around. Yeah, I'd be looking for a different doc, but that's just me.

10-13-2011, 04:14 AM
What?????????? The doctor can pick and choose who HE wants to treat? That is outrages.
What does he go by? The severity of your case or the quality of your insurance?
Not taking new patients is one thing, but getting to choose, who he wants to treat is something else.
I would look for a new rheumy ASAP.


10-13-2011, 07:53 AM
It sounds like this Rheumatologist is suffering from an acute case of Rectal-Cranial Inversion-

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10-13-2011, 03:08 PM
Rob, you made me laugh out loud! I just got off the phone with my health insurance. They are going to let me switch providers. I thought they would make me jump through a bunch of hoops, but they didn't. Very nice surprise! I had just never heard of something so crazy. My gut was telling me that other doctor just wasn't going to listen to me.

10-13-2011, 04:19 PM
Unfortunately busymom3, I have had this as well. I got referred to a cardiologist by my doctor and receptionist said that he would have to look at the referral before he decides to take me on. I felt absolutely re-jected. I don't beleive you should ever have to prove yourself worthy of accessing medical care. Turns out he took my case. But goodness not nice. Pleased you have changed providers. You don't need someone with a massive ego looking after your wellbeing.

All the best :)

10-13-2011, 06:38 PM
Yes, I had the same reaction when I decided to change primary care doctors. By the time they decided they would accept me as a patient, I had already found another doctor, and from what I've heard since, a much better one!

10-13-2011, 08:29 PM
My daughter has had this happen multiple times, unfortunately, and it is very frustrating. It is actually quite common at the large, prestigious places like Johns Hopkins and The Cleveland Clinic. They say it is because they want to make sure you get in to see the right provider from the start, but it does feel like you are being judged as worthy or unworthy.

10-13-2011, 09:08 PM
[QUOTE=rob;97569]It sounds like this Rheumatologist is suffering from an acute case of Rectal-Cranial Inversion-QUOTE]

yet another gem from the master.

glad you are here !!!!!!!!!

10-18-2011, 10:24 AM
sigh. So my health insurance switched the doctor back to my old one. The one I saw before who I didn't care much for. They did this without consulting me. This is more of what I expect from my health insurance. Just kind of of disappointed. I am going to go, but I hope he listens to me. I am so tired.

10-18-2011, 11:06 AM
Yey I was really lucky to even get my doctor, even though I hate her, basically someone had to die for me to get in. I know thats horrible but thats how it is now. For me it came down to only a couple of lupus specialists and too many patients and more Rhuemys have too many patients and are picky on any new ones.

10-18-2011, 11:32 AM
I've actaully had that happen to me as well, but I got lucky, I was on my way to the Rheumy after calling everyone within a 50 mile radius and finally found one that would see me without having to go through that, so the day I'm on my way to my appt. I pull in to the parking lot and go into the office only to find out it was the wrong place, so they call the Dr I had an appt with and come to find out they had me scheduled for a lung dr! I was so distraught, I looked at the receptionist and said "do you take walk ins?" And she said that they would be happy to see me! Lol I was so thankful! Thank god I had all my paper work from my previous dr!

10-18-2011, 08:44 PM
Yep, this seems to be the new reality. I had the same thing happen over a neurology referral. My internist had to fill out a slew of forms bundled with records to refer me to the neurologist who, in turn, will go through the records to decide if she will see me. Well, in the meantime, I've decided that I won't be seeing her. I'm now dealing with gastroenterology and cardiology in addition to rheumatology and, sorry, but I can't afford any more "ologies" at present. As I tell the billing people when they call, "I can only afford so many payments per month and this isn't your month. Maybe next month will be your lucky time!"

I hate our system. i really do.

10-21-2011, 08:51 AM
I refuse to believe that Rheumatologists are that busy, they are just pompous. They choose their little areas of expertise and if someone comes to them with the dreaded symptoms of lupus, many will back down from the challenge. I live in a city, so there's no lack of population here and my Rheumy always takes call on her own patients, she makes house calls to people who live in her neighborhood (I live across the street) and if you happen to be in for bloodwork she will make time to see how you're holding up (no charge.)
I found her by doing an internet search for Rheumies in the area. I went by the Healthgrades and other ratings by patients. People make time to rate extremely poor physicians and time to rate the ones that change their lives. There are some. Just don't give up, do the research and keep looking. HUgs to you and prayers your way that you find what you need.