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jadegrniiz
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« on: October 22, 2001, 05:03:43 pm »

Ok, so I just called and set up my 6 week postpartum appointment with my OB. Guess what? She's on vacation during my 6th week, and my appointment is about 10 days past the date I was supposed to return to work. (And she won't take me earlier, before her vacation). Now what??



We have an Occupational Health department that oversees Maternity leaves and whatnots... and without a clearance from my OB, I absolutely, positively (and under no special circumstances) CANNOT return to work and expect to be back on the payroll. (And, uh, I don't work for free!)



The other doctors in the practice cannot see me either, for whatever reason there might be.



Hubby and I figured that we could swing the budget on my leave, provided I went right back to work on November 19th. I'm not having any medical problems, baby is all better with hers.... (she's going to work with me til Jan 1st anyhow) and I don't forsee any reason to delay my return to work.



"Gee. Mr. Landlord....  we can't pay the rent til the 15th of December, because Dr. So-and-So is on vacation!"



What I'd like to know is....   A. Can this be held against me? I told them Nov 19th, and before giving birth, my OB wrote out my LOA as "6 weeks"..... not "almost 8". And B. Does anyone have experience with HR to know about these medical clearance things? If there is a standing policy, is it worth challenging in order to get back to work?
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2001, 05:47:10 pm »

Can't you just go to another OB?  I mean, if all they have to do is check you out, I would think any OB can do that.  The current clinic would need to forward your records.  Fear not:  I switched clinics 6 weeks before my first bay-beeno, and I had noooooooooo regrets.  It was the best decision ever.  I would tell your current OB your situation and *INSIST* that he/she give it their blessing.  Good luck.  (Gee, I don't envy you the hormonal "reentry" period you're going through right now!  PMS "caint' touch dis"!  LOL)  I'm sure things will be ohhhhhhhhhhh-kayyyyy
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2001, 06:36:49 pm »

Well it would seem to me that your OB can just see you when she is still in the office (at what, 4 weeks, 5 weeks) and post-date a return to work.  Certainly she can understand that you MUST return to work at 6 weeks, and you NEED that release to do so.



Doctors offices can be very understanding, I have found; they understand that no job = no money = no payment to the doctor, so they will cooperate on work related matters whenever possible - especially in your case where you are trying to work (not trying to get out of it....).
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2001, 08:43:36 am »

GE? Unfortunately, I thought about that already and called the only other OB practice here. No can do... that is, unless I want to pay cash. My insurance won't cover it if I switch, because the post-partum visit is included in the "all-inclusive" OB bill from current doc. It'd cost me well over $100...  and we certainly don't have it to dispose of.



I called my docs office again this morning, and found that I'm just stuck. There's really nothing I can do but roll with it. The doc got her money already.... so as for paying her bill as a motivator to get me rolling back to work....  not an issue either.



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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2001, 09:10:41 am »

I can't believe your doctor's office won't work with you on this.  My doctor basically GAVE me a return to work slip and said put whatever date on there you want!  I would call up the doctor's office and BEG them to work with you on this. Ask them for ALL the options you have.  Ask them if they can "refer" you to another doctor to be released.  If our pediatrician is on vacation they have to leave a referral and our insurance has to cover it.  If all else fails, I'd call up the insurance company and complain about the doctor's office and how they won't work with you and maybe they shouldn't be on "the plan." (I'm assuming you're on some type of plan here.)
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2001, 03:45:38 am »

jade - I think you need to call these people and read them the riot act, mention the AMA, the Better Business Bureau, and the local news!!  You are not asking for much, just to be able to go back to work and make ends meet for your family.  I don't see why your current doctor can't squeeze in a visit - - certainly there's got to be a cancellation and we all know that they overbook.  I'd just walk in there and demand to be seen if it gets to a certain point.  How absolutely frustrating.  

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