The billing person informed me that this came from the doctor and my bill must be taken care of before he will discuss the results of my biopsy. I have no insurance and he knew this when he accepted me in the hospital, is this legal???? This is extreme mental stress for me, not knowing if I have cancer or not, and what kind of doctor is he to do this? What about "First do no harm", this is horribly harming for me knowing that results are in, but they are being held hostage until I pay them. I am also unemployed and live with my daughter who barely makes minimum wage. Please help me!
So sorry to hear about this stressful situation. I understand from your Q that you already had the procedure and pathology. Now you need the pathology results. You are saying the doctor is withholding your results until payment is made.
This appears to violate the Florida Patient Bill of Rights (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/Profiling/billof...). Look, for example, at Sections 381.026(4)(a)(3), 381.026(4)(b)(3); 381.026(4)(1), (2), (3).
There is something very wrong here, and you should contact the Board of Medicine immediately about this issue.
I hope everything works out and you are okay. God Bless,
This really angers me. Mr Miller is correct. You are entitled to your records and I would request them, and if they do not promptly reply hire an attorney. In your situation, I would hope someone would do it either on a reduced fee or pro bono. This conduct is the type of story that a consumer affairs reporter on TV or a newspaper would find very interesting, and may get you publicity and put pressure on the doctor. I would file a complaint with the FL board of healing arts, and if he is board certified as an internal medicine or family practice doctor, write those boards. Be persistent! You are right... "first do no harm.." is the first part of the hippocratic oath. Good luck to you and I am truly sorry that I cannot help you more.
Get free answers from experienced attorneys.
25,541 answers this week
2,680 attorneys answering
Don't speak legalese? We define thousands of terms in plain English.Browse our legal dictionary