I have adult strabismus (crossed eyes). The largest practice which treats this condition is Florida Eye Clinic. A few years ago I tried to schedule an appointment there but they wouldn't work out a payment arrangement with me and I got into an argument with the Office manager because I thought they were being greedy. To this day, they are refusing to see me. There aren't that many doctors in the area who do this kind of treatment I've been hard pressed to find another practice to go to. Is this legal for them to ban me simply over a phone conversation? Do I have any legal recourse here? (meaning can I sue them?, Did they break the law at all?)
Neither you nor the courts can force a doctor to treat you.
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Doctors do not have a legal obligation to treat or see a patient (except in certain emergency room circumstances, etc.). They do not have to take you as a patient; no reason is necessary, although your initial dispute with their front office is sufficient.
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Unfortunately, they didn't break the law. If you want them to reconsider, you can write a letter, explain you were having a bad day or month when you discussed payment arrangements and you promise that you will not be a problem patient. If you have another physician who knows you and can vouch for you, perhaps he or she can call them and ask for a favor and get past the gatekeeper.
Obviously, they want to avoid difficult patients and when they see red flags, they will not treat and have no duty to do so in order to avoid future problems. So, the issue is are you willing to approach them in an entirely different manner? If not, you'll have to find someone else. Good luck!
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