To whom this may concern,
I am writing this letter of complaint regarding my doctor, Dr. Michael Zane. I have been his patient for over 6 years and he is very familiar with my medical conditions which include severe back pain due to a prior accident and due to an unsuccessful back surgery, that left me far worse than I was prior to the surgery. I also have diabetes with severe hand pains. Dr. Zane has opted to drastically reduce my Morphine dose from 60mg to 15mg and my Percocet prescription has decreased from 5/325mg of 180 pills to 95 pills.
Every month I am running out of medication and I must endure persistent pain without any relief. I have difficulty walking, sitting for long periods of time, sleeping through the night, and performing all my ADL’s and household duties with great difficult and restriction. I am bedridden most of the time and this is truly unfair to me. I want to be able to function and be a part of society and not stuck in my home glued to my bed or chair. This change was done so abruptly rather than gradually, and I am suffering tremendously because of this change.
The most uncompassionate thing about my situation was when I asked the doctor why all these changes are being made and rather than giving me an explanation, Dr. Zane only stated that he was not going to lose his license without a care in the world. He also asked me to sign a contract which would designate him as the only doctor to prescribe my pain medication and then he wanted me to break that contract, so I can get may pain medication from pain management.
After speaking with the pharmacist, I was told that these new laws and changes were intended for new patients being started on pain medication. I am not a new patient and should not be treated so unsympathetically. It is totally outrageous how I am being treated so horribly and my severe and persistent medical condition is being ignored and debilitating me.
Dr. Zane has been very unprofessional in his care toward me and he has neglected to address any of my concerns or to answer my questions. How has he done this? By never returning my phone calls or seeing me in person. When I finally manage to get an appointment with him, he was informed that my copayments are too high and that I have been instructed to inform him that a prescription needs to be written in a certain way so that I may pay a more affordable copayment that suits my budget.
He has failed to help me regarding this matter and has repeatedly ignored my request. I have also asked Dr. Zane for over three years to prescribe Valium to me which would help me sleep. He has repeatedly said no, and he has not honored this request. For the past three years I have been unable to get a full two hours of sleep and I am awake so frequently through the night that I am unable to function during normal waking hours.
I have also asked him about the pains in my hands and all he would say to me was “control your sugar level”. I now know that I have joint pains caused by arthritis and he could have given me something for it, such as Celebrex or something similar. I want things to go back to the way it was before Dr. Zane changed my medication regiment which greatly helped to reduce my agony.
Also, again Dr. Zane again has reduce my medication from 95 pills to 90 pills. this abuse must stop, all I will consider taking legal action against, Humana, DaVita Medical Group and Dr. Zane I will also fill a complaint with Florida Board Of Medicine and I will also inform Social Security Disability and any and all Florida agency that can help me….
Baltazar Martinez Jr.