Sunday, September 4, 2011

Compassionate Psychiatry

“Hello, Dr. _______, this is Jesse La Tour, your patient.”

“Yes.”

“Sorry it’s taken me a few days to get back to you. I’m just calling because I called the pharmacy to refill my prescription and they said you denied it.”

“Yes, I can’t refill it because you need to come in and see me.”

“I know, but I don’t have health insurance right now, and I’m on unemployment and the prescription alone costs $300 a month.”

“You are paying out of pocket?”

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure I mentioned that to you before. I asked if there was a different medication I could go on, and you said it would be dangerous for me to go off this one.”

“Well, call me on Tuesday and we can talk about it.”

“If I call on Tuesday, I will have gone without my medication for four days,” I said, “The medication you said it would be dangerous for me to go off.”

“Well, I called you earlier in the week, you could have called me sooner. You need to be more responsible about calling me back,” he said.

“Sorry I didn’t call you back right away, but I’m talking to you now and I really need this medication refilled,” I said.

“Call me on Tuesday and we’ll talk,” he said.

“So you are going to let me go without my medication for four days just to make a point about me being more responsible?” I asked.

Awkward pause.

“Well, no,” he said, “I am going to give you one more refill and tell you that you need to find a different provider.”

“Alright, cool.”

4 comments:

  1. Oh god that's terrible Jesse. I've had bad experiences with psychiatrists too. Something is seriously wrong with that profession. Maybe CSUF has one you could see for free/cheap (assuming you still work there).

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  2. I know, babbs. I feel like there is this cold-business-like mentality, which is really weird, because they are dealing with fragile people who need help. I also feel like there is a shady relationship between psychiatrists and drug companies. I'm gonna get health insurance through Cal State in about a month, so that will be nice. I've been without for too long.

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  3. If you get three comments, so sorry... Blogger is being a butt.

    Make sure to rate this doctor online.

    I especially hate how doctors have patients by the balls .... earning their living by forcing patients to come in for unnecessary follow ups by witholding refills.

    Of course this being a psychiatrist is doubly sickening. I hope he was just for meds and not someone you actually had sessions with.

    double grrr

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  4. I enjoyed this post. It reminded me that a few of the therapists I've had aren't much better. Sitting on a couch rehashing my personal history/issues with little feedback or rapport from this "professional" doesn't seem to be doing much for my emotional health. Even though my insurance pays, I still feel very ripped off.

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