Everyone wants to save a buck, but there are certain things that are important to consider when seeking out a medical marijuana doctor for an evaluation. The medicinal cannabis doctor-patient relationship is just as important as it is in any other medical context. Patients need to know what services they can count on.
Medical marijuana patients are often attracted to doctors and clinics that advertise bargain prices, only to find at the appointment that the offer is good for no more than a one-month recommendation. There’s also a growing concern for patients whose clinics go out of business.
“One San Francisco clinic recently closed its doors, and now their patients are calling in a panic because there is no follow-up contact available,” said DeVries. “There’s a lot of frustration out there.”
DeVries suggests posing the following questions to all medical marijuana doctors and clinics before signing on the dotted line:
1) Is the doctor an experienced California licensed physician with medical and research experience?
2) Does the doctor have knowledge of how medicinal cannabis can affect and control various medical conditions?
3) Is the doctor’s letter of recommendation valid for a full year for the price advertised?
4) Are there extra fees for ID cards, caregivers or extra copies of the letters of recommendation?
5) Can the recommendation be verified 24 hours a day-both online and by telephone?
6) Can the clinic provide information about the legality of using, growing, selling and dispensing medicinal marijuana?
7) If the clinic goes out of business, who can be contacted for verifications?
When seeking out a clinic, look for a doctor who provides a compassionate, non-judgmental and detailed evaluation of each patient’s medical problem, then formulating an individualized treatment plan. Also ask if the clinic guarantees 100% patient privacy, per HIPAA guidelines, and compliance with all laws.
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