I used to see a doctor for controlled medications. Due to a high rate of abuse from her patients she required a signed contract form for every patient.
One of the terms was that you will take the medication as prescribed and another was that I would not have the same medicine prescribed by any other doctor. Violations of the contract would result in termination of all services.
I moved from the area and no longer see her. She is aware that I am no longer her patient based on that. I am considering going to a new doctor but do not want to violate the contract.
It seems that any violations would have no damages and she would be unable to sue me. It appears that all she could do if she learned of this is terminate service, which I already did earlier.
Are there any concerns with not following the contract?
This isn't a "contract" in the legal sense, it's really more of an agreement between a doctor and patient when it comes to medications to prevent abuse, as my colleague said. You will not face any consequences or be sued by this doctor by informing her that you have a new doctor. Doctors are not allowed to force patients to sign exclusive contracts where they aren't allowed to go see other doctors. Doctors, like lawyers, can be fired at ANY time and all you are ever responsible for is the cost of services you've already used to date.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
The purpose of the contract is more likely to deter the patients from abusing the controlled medications, especially if they are going to multiple doctors for the same prescription.
The contract can likely be revoked by informing your previous physician that you want to revoke the agreement.
We would not be able to tell you the harm of breach of the contract without looking at it. However, anyone is free to seek out any physician they would like to use.
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