What is considered to be patient abandonment by a doctor?

UPDATED: May 31, 2014

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What is considered to be patient abandonment by a doctor?

I have been seeing a pain management specialist for some months now for treatment of my lower back pain caused by a herniated disc. At my last appointment, I asked to refill my medications. The doctor refused, saying I had failed my last urine screening; I immediately asked to be retested, right then and there (my pain contract says I had a right to retest) They refused to retest me and the nurse said and I quote, “Since you are most likely about to have surgery, you have to go through your neurosurgeon anyway”. I then explained that even if my neurosurgeon was going to do surgery, that may not be scheduled for some time, and he does not prescribe my pain medications unless it is during or right after surgery. Is this abandonment?

Asked on May 31, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Texas


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

What you have written about factually in your inquiry is not patient abandonment by a physician. Rather this is a situation where your doctor is concerned about your health and apparent misuse of medications that could jeapordize your health and create complications as to your upcoming surgery.  

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