Richard J Weiss MD Patient Reviews
- Internal Medicine Fort Myers, FL
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I am sorry if that is the impression that the staff and myself made you feel. I try my utmost to listen to all appropriate complaints and concerns. We try as best we can, but patients also must have realistic expectations.
Thank you very much.
That is unfair without providing details.
I am sorry you feel that way. However, why would you see a physician and not want to receive appropriate therapy. Don't you feel that you were being misleading and deceptive but not revealing the truth of your noncompliance. Also, there are no kickbacks. Science and FDA guidelines are why i strongly recommend using branded forms of the thyroid medicines. Thyroid replacement is dosed in micrograms, thus these meds have a very narrow therapeutic window for accuracy. By law a branded product is allowed a variance of .01% and generics are allowed up to .05%. This means for the patient that their thyroid levels can fluctuate greatly because of generic replacement.
Perhaps you are referring to follow up for thyroid cancer. It is appropriate after diagnosis and treatment for thyroid cancer that patients have to yearly screening tests to determine if recurrent or metastatic disease is present. Our patients are not taken off thyroid replacement as this patient has indicated. We use a synthetic form of TSH--Thyrogen--so patients do not have to be removed from their thyroid replacement. However, there are periods when the agent is not available on a periodic basis or the patient's insurance company will not cover it.
I enjoy patients who take an active part in their healthcare. However, there are patients who reference "Dr. Google" and then decide they know more than their physician. The patient can certainly ask questions, but while we can partner in treatment decisions i can not if in my trained judgment agree to their demands if it is not appropriate. Remember as a patient you do have the right to refuse therapy because you as the patient will get the benefit of the treatment. However, as a physician we also have the right to refuse to prescribe what the patient wants, if we believe based on our training and experience that it is not the correct therapy. Patients must understand if we prescribe even at the patients direction we are then taking the responsibility for that choice.