Can I ask my doc to remove a Dx from my chart?
September 22, 2007 11:48 AM Subscribe
Is it reasonable or necessary for me to ask my doctor to remove the recent "Tobacco Use Disorder" diagnosis as a "current health condition" from my medical record?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
I went to the doc last week for 2 things: 1) knee pain, 2) to get an Rx for Chantix, the new quit-smoking drug.
This is the same doctor who prescribed me Zyban several years ago for smoking, as well, and while it worked for that for a while, I have stayed on it for depression. When she prescribed the Zyban, no special note was made in my record about any "disorders", depression- or smoking-related.
She could NOT give me the Chantix this time, as it is not yet in the HMO's formulary. Fine. I got the usual brochure about the HMO's smoking cessation program and off I went. I believe I've told her my smoking history in the past, although she didn't ask me this time, just how much I'm currently smoking.
I looked at my medical info online yesterday, and under the listing for a chronic condition I've had all my life, is this new entry "Tobacco Use Disorder". I would prefer not to have this official diagnosis for insurance reasons in the future (thank god I have great insurance now), and wonder if, because she didn't actually prescribe me anything for smoking that would necessitate this official diagnosis, if I could ask her to remove this from my record?
Is that even possible? Had she given me the Chantix I would obviously have no problem with this - it'd be pretty clear what the drug was for. But, no drug, no need to make this so glaring for the insurance assholes of the future, right? I won't even bother to ask if this is something that doctors just simply do NOT/cannot do, but I just don't know.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like, and thanks.