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    Default Abandonment of Care by a Family Practitioner

    Are there any reasons your FP can abandon your care when you become ill?

    What if this has happened and you don't know it?

    Would he/she have to tell you or give you something in writing?

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    Default Re: Abandonment of Care by a Family Practitioner

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    What if this has happened and you don't know it?
    If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody's there to hear it....

    Seriously, if you leave your family practitioner's practice, how are you affected by the fact that your family practitioner stops overseeing your care? And how is it the family practitioner's fault?

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    Default Re: Abandonment of Care by a Family Practitioner

    If you don't leave the practice. You think he is looking after your care during your illness but it turns out he wasn't. You only find out after obtain your records. That hospital reports and blood test results were being sent to him but he did not inform you of anything.

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    Default Re: Abandonment of Care by a Family Practitioner

    When you called to make an appointment with your doctor, did they refuse to see you?

    If yes, what reason were you given?

    Also, how long has it been since you saw him/her last?

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    Default Re: Abandonment of Care by a Family Practitioner

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    Are there any reasons your FP can abandon your care when you become ill?

    What if this has happened and you don't know it?

    Would he/she have to tell you or give you something in writing?
    IF your FP intends to exit you from his/her practice, they must put it in writing, and give you "reasonable time" (usually 30 days) to find another Physician. They must continue to treat you on an emergency/urgent situation for that 30 day interim, unless you've transferred your records elsewhere. Since you've obtained your medical records, it would seem that leaving the practice was YOUR choice.

    Could it be that there was notation on the reports stating "patient aware" or "patient given results"? Did the ER Physician recommend you follow up with your FP? Making that appointment would have been YOUR responsbility. Perhaps the ER Physician was in touch with your FP while you were at the hospital and told him/her you were aware of the results. Since you were release and stable, maybe he intended to discuss the results at your next office visit. I only offer these as possible reasons, none of which have anything to do with "abandonment", that your FP didn't call you.

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