As an infant my baby Natalie was in the hospital for 4 months at the local(and only ) children's hospital; my child had infantile chrones. The GI Dr. was as he stated"a control freak", we went home with a feeding tube. There was a blizzard one night and my child pulled it halfway out, I called on call and was told due to weather see if she will take her neocate formula by mouth- she took it fine, the recommended amt- so I fed by mouth until roads cleared and my hub and took her in to the GI doc asap: on seeing her the dr became IRATE and told my husband his exact instructions were the bring her in if it came out- he stated"you have broken my trust, and fired us from his care. He said, good luck finding another dr with your insurance!( Medicaid)..
We found there was only 1 other pediatric GI dr and through the yrs have had things come up like, going through the ER and being told "it says that you are non compliant and that her dad pulled her tube out.. or on the visit to the new GI dr he said"so I was told you want to manage her care yourself on the referral?", recently the GI dr moved and the 1st GI dr won't let anyone in group see her?? there are other things as well concerned.
Any physician can chose who to treat and as long as there is no emergency cannot be compelled to provide treatment. Look to local University Medical Center clinics which should have pediatric GI on staff and accept Medicaid.
You should be concerned. You do not ask an easy question for a lawyer to solve. Let me suggest that you go to a law school clinic to explain the issue. I would think that while a doctor does not have to accept all comers to his door, that there are duties as to on going patients and especially with babies an ethical, and perhaps, legal case could be made out here.
I come from a long line of doctors in my family. Sometimes they are easily offended. I would write a letter to the doctor apologizing for any mix up and ask for an appointment asap. Tell the doctor that you have every intention of following his advice and see how that goes.
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