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A 24-year-old female asked:

does a doctor have the right to refuse seeing me after signing medical release form to see another doctor?even when need help bc he missed something.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Thankfully, america is a free country. That means a patient has the right to refuse to see a doctor, and a doctor has the right to refuse to see a patient. Usually, a doctor will continue helping a patient for a month, while the patient transitions to her new doctor, unless the situation has some special circumstances. One can pre-pay the old doctor to send by fedex her records to the new doctor.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Are medical release forms necessary doctor to doctor?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Mostly: The much lamented hippa act limits communication between doctors about patients and ordinarily requires a written release form. This is not true for emergencies or when the information is medically necessary in a time frame shorter than ordinary communication. Hippa was poorly written, with limits way over the intent of the original law. Another example of unforeseen consequences.

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Last updated Feb 6, 2014

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