Kaiser Panorama City, CA - Assembly Line Treatment

Internal Medicine - Complaint
Review by hertzantenna on 2013-08-25
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PANORAMA CITY, CA, CALIFORNIA -- Kaiser does a much better job of advertising and P.R. work than it does at making you "Thrive". The Panorama City branch is no exception. First, Kaiser decided to withhold Ambien (a sleep aid) from all patients over 65 years old. Then they try to blame this on the F.D.A. -- a lie, because the F.D.A. recommendation was to decrease dosage only. Kaiser is only worried about liability!

My doctor at Kaiser said I was switched to a drug called trazodone for sleep and to take it "only when needed". Incorrect: this drug is an anti-depressant to be taken every day and which becomes effective in four weeks! It didn't help me fall asleep, so the Doc put me on temazepam -- which I found to be in no way comparable to Ambien.

After reporting this to the Doc, he recommended me to "a specialist in mental health". Very insulting and done by email! No personal conversation. If you are satisfied with assembly line, impersonal treatment, then Kaiser is for you!
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2013-08-25
Posted by Old Timer on 2013-08-25:
A great example of a HMO and what you can expect from one. Wait a few months till the market is loaded with all the new Obama Care folks coming on line. Those millions will all be HMO's too, it's going to get a lot worse.
Posted by Karnamay on 2013-08-25:
What a shame you do not have a Canadian style of health care. Let's hope Obama care works out. As a health care provider of 30 years, I would stay away from temazepam, it is a benzo and is highly addictive. Good luck.

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