posted on Jan, 2 2014 @ 06:53 PM
i admit i have not read through the comments but OBAMACARE is NOT the reason pain patients are being drug tested!!!! that has been going on for a
while now and it's due to the rampant misuse of pain meds. people are faking their pain just to get the meds. Rx drug usage is at an all time
high and it's all pain meds. you have to take a drug test to make sure that you are actually taking the pain med (and not selling it) and to make
sure you aren't taking too much. docs are trying to cover their asses. has NOTHING to do with "obamacare".
Long time lurker rarely poster here.
I've been a chronic pain patient for about a decade. They have been testing me the entire time I have been part of the pain mgmt. program. Usually
once twice a year. I was told that because of the new laws that I could be tested more. I do have to see my Dr. more often than I used to because of
the new laws. They also added tobacco abuse to the list of things to be tested for...not sure what the deal is there but it's on the print out that
the Dr. shows me.
The main problem does lie in massive Rx abuse. People are rather talking too many or selling them off in a lot of cases. Because of that the feds
have dumped a huge pile of red tape in the lap of any Dr. that deals with pain mgmt. Pain mgmt. Drs have to deal wit ha lot of stuff your average
family Dr does not. This is why many times they refer you to a pain clinic rather than deal wit hall the extra crap the clinics have to deal with.
I'm one of the lucky ones in that my family Dr also does pain mgmt. so I didn't have to have another one to go to.
I like many thought a lot of the talk from the medical community dealing with the new law(s) was about half BS. But looking around on my own as well
as the paperwork my Dr gives or shows me sums it up pretty simply. The new health laws are adding even more red tape by the boat load and that
includes more drug testing. I did get bills for the tests at first but said flat out that I would not pay them. Called the testing places and said I
don't care what they say I didn't not require or ask for the tests so I will not pay for them. Bills have stopped coming so I guess it got sorted
out some other way. The last test they got their ...Sample..At the Drs office. So maybe they are dealing wit hit in house but I am still not getting
According to my Dr as more of the stuff goes into effect more BS will there for us to deal with. Stay tuned I guess.