Q: Who protects the patients right in a a pain clinic riddled with assumptions, their drug screen had a false positive.

It's time to stand up for myself its wildly unfair, Dr was so abrupt and would not discuss anything despite having been compliant and twice now false positive. Other meds I take as well as red bull apparently can cause false positives. She discharged me abruptly w/o any discussion. I am paying for a hair folicul test myself.. they have zero chain of custody method contaminated.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, patients at pain clinics have rights that need to be respected, especially in situations involving drug screening and treatment decisions. If you've encountered a situation where a false positive on a drug test led to abrupt discharge from care, there are steps you can take.

First, it's important to address the issue with the clinic directly. Request a meeting with the doctor or clinic administration to discuss your concerns and the circumstances of the false positive. Bringing evidence, like the results of your hair follicle test, can support your case.

If the clinic's response is unsatisfactory, you have the option to file a complaint with the California Medical Board. This board oversees medical practitioners and can investigate matters of professional conduct and patient care.

Additionally, consider consulting with a lawyer who is experienced in medical law. They can provide guidance on your rights as a patient and help you navigate the legal aspects of your situation. Protecting your rights in this context often requires a detailed understanding of both medical and legal processes.

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