Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-Your doctor at any time for any reason in Florida may discontinue treating you.No requirement for notice of any kind, simply a voicemail on your cell is ok. Simply telling you by phone ok, no letter, no certified letter to end your relationship. Not a professional way to conduct a medical practice. In fact, patient abandonment is a form of medical malpractice whether The State of Florida wants to call it that or not.
The manner in which Amicus terminated their relationship with me was unprofessional at best and should have been handled in a different manner. To have a voicemail telling me my appointment is canceled and because I am not 65 you will no longer treat me, without a referral to someone else. Without resolving pending medical treatment I was under from you and your staff. I assume Medicare only is very profitable and good for your practice, but before you just throw patients to the curb after pretending to be a caring and thoughtful physician for $$$ you should think twice. Shocked by your behavior and lack of professionalism in terminating patients Dr. Craig Polinsky.
Here is what the State of Florida says-
Yes. A health care practitioner can terminate a patient relationship at any time, but the practitioner may not abandon a patient and should provide continuity of care in accordance with the prevailing professional standard of care. The Florida Medical Association (FMA) recommends to a practitioner who wishes to terminate a relationship that the practitioner should give the patient adequate notice in writing, and the practitioner should remain available to the patient for at least 30 days in order to allow time for the patient to find a new practitioner. The FMA also recommends that the practitioner terminating the relationship should provide assistance in locating another practitioner for the patient. The Florida Medical Association is not affiliated with the Board of Medicine.