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Re: *#$%@! HMO's blackjack

Posted by Sulpicia on April 10, 2001, at 18:48:02

In reply to *#$%@! HMO's, posted by blackjack on April 10, 2001, at 16:18:16

> Hi--
Have dealt with the *people* at M., and given that my child would be dead if I had followed their
instructions, I have come to the conclusion that they are totally useless and possibly designed to dissuade
people from seeking care for mental health problems.
Once I realized this I simply found the best pdoc around for my kid's problem and paid for his help.
Which I might add has been worth every penny. Interestingly, I was told that in my area at least, no pdocs worth
consulting would have anything to do with M. because they were compensated about $12 per hour and had no control
over the patient's treatment. At some point I'll tell you about the FOUR times they made my acutely ill child spend
24 hours on the floor of the psych ER while their bed manager didn't answer the phone or never returned calls. But
I digress. Go and find the best pdoc you can and use him/her for your meds. If you are stable on the Wellbutrin, you
shouldn't need to be seen that often. Make sure your records get sent so the pdoc can look at your prior history etc.
If money is a real issue, say so upfront. Most will let you pay a bill over time, and many will lower their fee. Believe
me, they do understand.
Don't waste your time on M.
I've also complianed to our HR person and union rep. I've also used the L-word [lawyer] but this is rather easy when you
have a hallucinating kid.
Best of luck, and really, it's not worth the wear and tear on your soul to deal with these nitwits.
S.


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