Mom went to hospital with difficulty moving legs, was berated by doctor
October 17, 2013 12:58 PM Subscribe
Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him.
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After the previous surgery, she was fired from her job and promptly lost her insurance coverage, leaving her unable to pay the bills, excepting what the hospital's various charities helped with. This time around after many tests, she then met with the doctor who did the previous surgery. He berated her, telling her that he had a million dollar medical education to pay for and children to put through college. He said that he couldn't do "charity cases" like this and that even if she had Medicare or Medicaid he still didn't make much off of those surgeries, either. He actually said all of this in front of a nurse, who, according to my mom seemed to be appalled and writing everything down.
My mom said that he spoke about the surgery she would probably need in detail to her, and she said that the way he spoke to her about it and phrased things, such as what could go wrong, even made her feel threatened and afraid to let him do the surgery. He then told her to get insurance and come back when the surgery could be paid for.
Needless to say, my mom came home crying, and I am furious. I'm just trying to sort everything out now, and was wondering what to do next, I definitely feel my mom was wronged. I know the doctor has problems of his own, but a patient is no place to unload those problems, and was wondering whether he should be reported to some medical board or what should happen next.
I'm furious, but even so I don't think I'm overreacting to this situation, but I would like some unbiased input on this issue, so thanks in advance for any advice anyone can provide.