If I have a special needs child on a dependent medical device, is it legal to discontinue his continuity of care, as well as send no referrals or guidelines to new doctors?

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If I have a special needs child on a dependent medical device, is it legal to discontinue his continuity of care, as well as send no referrals or guidelines to new doctors?

I moved within my state 1 1/2 years ago and the same doctors have been treating my son while knowingly that we moved. However, the doctor called me yesterday and told me that since I moved I need to find a new doctor and best bet is that I Google a specialist in my new area. My son has to have this medical device adjusted in 5 weeks and, if not, he will be in serious health hazard.

Asked on January 7, 2016 under Malpractice Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal: doctors are businesses not government or charitable functions, and like any other business, they are not obligated to keep patients if those patients, for example, move outside the doctor's service area. The doctor does not need to send a referral to a new doctor, but will need to turn over the medical/patient file.


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