What constitutes patient abandonment?

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What constitutes patient abandonment?

I have read through some of the threads. I did sign a pain management sheet months ago when I went into my doctors’ office. It was a long document I read through it all and asked questions about certain requirements; I was told by staff “Oh don’t worry about it.” I was discharged without notice, without a referral, without explanation, and without medication. I have received no info in the mail and I agreed to come in and speak with the doctor she hung up on me and said we have the records. What does that mean? I am now on Medicaid and can not find a doctor, my back is getting worse. No idea what to do. I kind of feel like why did you discharge me are you saying I misuse the meds?

Asked on February 3, 2014 under Malpractice Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

A doctor is not obligated to keep seeing a patient, or to provide a referral to another physician, or to provide an explanation as to why he or she will not see a patient. The fact that you cannot find another doctor is also not that doctor's concern. IF the doctor failed to diagnose or treat a condition, illness, etc. that you had while you were a patient, that might constitute actionable malpractice; but discontinuing seeing you as a patient will not.


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