Last login: Sunday, March 14, 2010
FYI this has nothing to do with money, it has to do with patients rights, the right to choose a hospital and see THEIR cardiologist. Not be told you have to see the cardiologist ON STAFF at CMC and see Drs Parikh, Chandna, and Gaalla when your discharged! How would you like it if your mother went to CMC ER because of chest pain, asked to see Drs Parikh, Chandna or Gaalla and they tell you "they dont practice here"(which they still do)and then they tell you "oh you need to come back on MONDAY to do testing" and send her home. Your mother has a heart attack the following day. This could have been caught prior to if they(CMC)would have allowed THE PATIENT to choose their cardiologist because Drs P/C/G are oncall 7 days a week 24 hours a day and would have come to see their patient in the ER and not sent them home and tell them to come back on Monday!!
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First of all, let me say that I am sorry that this patient has diabetes. It is an awful diease that effects alot of people, BUT......... *diabetes can/could be controlled by diet(low carbs, sugar free) and exercise(walk around your block-free) *there are several programs that give diabetics FREE or discounted equipment and/or medications *has she tried to get Medicaid or early Medicare or diability.....all FREE *lack of insurance will not kill her at age 60, noncompliance will
All this being said, there are several of options for uninsured patients, it just takes a effort.