Psychiatrist discharged me when I was on high Methadone dose and knew I wouldn't be able to find another Dr to prescribe this .

Asked over 1 year ago - Valrico, FL

My psychiatrist discharged me from his practice , b / c he claimed I was rude to his staff . Dr . exagerated claim and refused to hear my side . I do have mood / anger issues , but isn't that what Psychiatrists are for , to treat all emotional disorders ? . I was on 80 mgs of methadone for opiate addiction for 2 years . This Dr . . disch . me on may 2012 , I must have called 20 psychiatrists , addiction specialists and not one said they could prescribe methadone , only Suboxen . I went threw horrible withdrawal for months and now I am back to abusing opiates again and feeling unstable . He ruined my recovery , he played games with me , When I asked him for help weaning off Methadone fast , he gave me a bunch of numbers on a 2 post it . Sick man .

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He gave me a math equation on a 2 x 2 post it. He would not talk to me. This is the same Dr that I posted a question about his questionable behavior, hugging me after each session, so tight I felt smashed against his chest. Also, telling me how "gorgeous" I look.

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  1. David B Pittman

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    Answered . The doctor has the right to discharge you as a patent just as you have the right to find another doctor.

  2. Christine C McCall

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    Answered . You can make a complaint to the Florida Board of Medicine here: http://doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/enforce_...

    Understand that physicians are not hostages and they retain the power and legal right to decline to serve in any specific doctor-patient relationship, with or without sound reason. Moreover, if your physician's treatment was consistent with the very extensive federal regulations and protocols re methadone treatment, then you will not succeed at causing a state investigation. In all events, it is unlikely that any claim of return to opiate use can be ascribed to your dr. through legal proceedings or claims.

    You have tagged this post "wrongful termination" which is an employment law cause of action and has nothing at all to do with medical service providers' obligations, if any, to patients.

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  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . I'm sorry to hear about this. Best bet is to discuss with Dohner above.

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  4. David Bradley Dohner

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    Answered . I, frankly, disagree with my colleague's response as it overly generalizes an otherwise correct recitation of the current state of the law with regard to termination of the doctor - patient relationship.

    See my comment below for an analogy which you may find helpful.

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  5. Clifford M. Miller

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    Answered . In this situation (and in most situations), the doctor has the right to terminate the relationship with you. Similarly, you have the right to find a different doctor.

    This is a summary based on incomplete facts. You should not rely on it as legal advise. No attorney-client... more
  6. Lars A. Lundeen

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    Answered . You may wish to file a complaint against this Dr. with the state agency which overseas Dr licensing.

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