Internist turned me away because I was a psychiatric patient!

today I went to what was supposed to be my first appointment with my new internist. My old internist is so hard to get into see, it takes three weeks to get into see her and I don’t want to be sick with an ear infection that long. Well, I waited an hour past my appointment time to see this doctor, he had all my notes, sat down and was reading them when he came in the room didn’t even acknowledge me, finally he looked up from the computer screen and said “no, I will not be treating you, you need to find someone else. I don’t handle patients with psychiatric problems.” I told him I already had a psychiatrist. He said, “no, find someone else” and walked out.

Wow, just wow. What a horrible physician.

I was shocked and pissed.

I bet. That is no way to treat a patient. Too bad there’s not much in the way of retaliatory recourse for you.

That should be reported. You were there for an ear infection… not a psych appointment. That is negligence.

I would say document this so you don’t have to pay for an office visit where basic health service was denied.

Can I asked you what country this happened in. If a doctor did this here in the uk they would get in trouble - I mean to me it sounds like it is against the Hippocratic oath. That sounds terrible and incredibly rude. I mean living with stigma from the lay community is one thing but encountering it from a doctor is crazy! Hope you aren’t too upset.

This is just shocking! It pisses me off - I dont know which country you reside in, but here in the states this doctor could get into legal hot water for his refusal of taking you in as a patient based on your mental illness

@Jimbob It happened in the old good US of A

Doctors can be very bad people.

One that i went to i caught lying to get more money actually. He began pulling tests straight out of his arse to get that cash, quite the gangster.

Following is the entire Hippocratic Oath from the Johns-Hopkins U. website:


I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

I told my new Family doctor about my mental illness, He is accepting me as his patient - and openly talks about my illness in helpful ways.
I would happily find a new doctor if I were you - this guy seems like an ass

I called my pdoc and he recommended someone he works with all the time.

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Oh boy you get to sue him! I made an A in medical ethics, sue him!

One nation, Liberty or litigation for all


I’ve been turned down for health insurance because I took psychotropic med’s. I think Obamacare would correct that for me. Maybe somebody knows how Obamacare treats the mentally ill.

My new GP called my psychiatrist and chatted with him for a while about me.

I think that is horrible @saphire2014 I am sorry you went through this.

So the guy was a jerk. You’re better off without the discriminating fool. It’s too bad he inconvenienced you so that you had to search for another one though.

This reminds me of a question I asked here when I first enlisted.

I asked everyone what does your formal diagnosis deny you? I’ve never been formally diagnosed so there is no record of me being a psychotic maniac.

That sucks how he treated you, being a doc he should have a higher standard of morality than the average person.

Just like a law enforcement officer should.

I’ve had a cop call me names like he’s a freaking kid.

Don’t worry… They’ll get theirs

That is awful, wow. You should report that physician to whoever.