My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: California
I'm not sure how the law looks on this one, but it is very clear this doctor did not do his job properly.
I had applied for Medi-Cal, because i am a type 1 diabetic of over 31 years. I have not been able to afford to see a doctor over the last 5 or so years, hence my applying for the Medi-Cal, so I could get medical attention for this treatable, yet serious disease.
The state sent me to one of their appointed doctors to be evaluated. I happily went and was looking forward to a doctor's examination, given my condition and that I had not seen a doctor in a long time.
I was extremely disappointed. The nurse ran the typical vitals.. height, weight, blood pressure (which is high), etc. They asked me to put on the typical exam robe, which I did.
Then the doctor comes into the room, sits at a table, asks me a couple of questions, then here was tghe actual examination...
Get off the exam table and take a few steps (3-4), then walk back and sit on the examination table....
Place your arms out to your side...
Touch your nose with both hands...
Put your arms in front of you...
Push up and down on the doctors hands with your hands (like 2 sec each)..
That's it! That was the entire actual exam! There was no urine test or blood test to even see if my sugar was elevated..absolutely nothing.
I was denied Medi-Cal, so I appealed and had a hearing. The hearing judge stated on the record (he was recording the session) that I was denied the Medi-Cal specifically due to the statement from the doctor, which I was provided a copy of and do have.
This is exactly what the doctor reported...
"The medical evidence shows that the applicant's diabetes is under control and has not affected other vital organs. "
Now, how is that even possible to come up with such a conlusion without running any kind of tests??? No urine, no blood..nothing. To me it is impossible even from a non medical perspective.
I already know of complications from the doctors I have seen in the past years. Diabetic retinopathy (which I had treated alreadt once with laser years ago. Next, my kidneys are failing. Diabetic neuropathy is present and getting worse by the month. I also have high blood pressure. My hands are always swollen and I have skin ulcers as to other visible medical conditions.
The doctor asked what I was taking for the high blood pressure, and I told him nothing, because I can't afford to seea doctor, and that is why I was there. The doctor even stated on that basis.."You are a heart attack waiting to happen."
The entire exam took maybe up to 3 minutes, including the questions.
Now, could anyone please tell me, is this not medical malpractice?
Thanks in advance.