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Kristinae, June 3,  2017  5:02am EST

Does a doctor have a right to take medications away because of his own opinion of a patient

please I need a lot of help with this one . I live in Hawaii and I have p.a.h and my heart is in severe distress . My doctor has been taking my meds away from me if he gets mad at me for things that I do that he doesn't approve of. Isn't he suppose to be treating my heart problems and helping me live longer . He has taken my meds away and now I am so bad that he wants hospice to step in . In Hawaii queens has the only 2 doctors that can treat my heart problems . I would never be this bad already if he would have kept me on my medication . Please I don't know how to handle this

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, June 5,  2017  10:50am EST

    Good morning,
    I am truly sorry that you are experiencing this! Christine is right, we can not provide medical advice on this topic but we can encourage you to secure a patient advocate for assistance. Here is an article that explains a bit more about a patient advocate and how one can help you.
    http://heartinsight.heart.org/Fall-2015/Why-Every-Patient-Needs-an-Advocate/

    Please know that we are always here to listen and support you. Best Katie

  • AmbassadorC
    AmbassadorC, June 3,  2017  7:50am EST

    Good morning. While I cannot speak to your question or provide medical advice based on your medications, my suggestion would be to enlist the assistance of a family member when having conversations with your doctor. Based on my experience, sometimes we as patients may not hear everything that the doctors tell us as it can become overwhelming. Or, in the alternative if you are unable to enlist help, keep a journal with you when you attend medical appointments so you have each visit recorded and what the instructions were for that particular appointment. This way, you have a record to refer back to.

    With heart,
    Christine

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