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voldothegr8
01/10/19 9:57:24 PM
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...for medical weed

https://www.nj.com/essex/2019/01/dr-marijuana-suspended-for-indiscriminately-referring-thousands-of-patients-for-medical-weed.html

Anthony Anzalone once called himself Dr. Marijuana and advertises as NJGreenMD" because he was among the first physicians to participate in New Jerseys medicinal marijuana program and claimed he referred more patients than any of his peers.

On Thursday, Anzalone earned the dubious distinction of being the first doctor associated with the program to jeopardize his license, by indiscriminately authorizing more than 3,000 patients including some who never would have qualified without examining them and their medical records, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced.

The trained obstetrician and gynecologist made himself rich by meeting patients in rented hotel ball rooms across the state and charging $350 for the initial visit and $100 every quarter to re-up each patients registration in the program. He authorized 3,250 patients over four years, Grewal said.

Based on those fees and the total number of patients he registered, Anzalone likely made more than $1 million just off the consultation fees, according to Grewals announcement that the doctors license has been temporarily suspended.

We allege that Dr. Anzalone exploited his patients and the MMP for his own gain, completely disregarding the regulations meant to protect patients and promote the efficacious use of medicinal marijuana, said Paul Rodrguez, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, in a statement.

By temporarily suspending Anzalone from practicing medicine, we are making it clear that we will not allow unscrupulous doctors to enrich themselves at the expense of the safety and welfare of their patients and the public.

Investigators posing as patients helped expose Anzalone, Grewal said.

Like, at least pretend to examine patients and their medical history. What a dumbass.
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Questionmarktarius
01/10/19 9:58:18 PM
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Are you sure this isn't actually an old Cheech & Chong bit?
Zack_Attackv1
01/10/19 9:58:53 PM
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supercrono
01/10/19 10:11:51 PM
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Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.
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DarkRoast
01/10/19 10:17:19 PM
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supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


No.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.
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RiderofHogs
01/10/19 10:25:45 PM
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DarkRoast posted...
supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


No.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.

Nah, I am pretty sure it is the handing opiods out like candy.
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kingdrake2
01/10/19 10:28:20 PM
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RiderofHogs posted...
DarkRoast posted...
supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


No.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.

Nah, I am pretty sure it is the handing opiods out like candy.


this one is a major issue, they become dependant and if we take that shit overtime we become immune to the drug so when the time really comes when we need it for severe pain. it won't work.
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Romulox28
01/10/19 10:37:02 PM
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dude made bank, people paid to get a drug legally that we all know doesnt harm people, no problems here
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Dark_SilverX
01/10/19 10:39:25 PM
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It's fine. He just had a troubled childhood.
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Questionmarktarius
01/10/19 10:40:42 PM
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Romulox28 posted...
that we all know doesnt harm people

well... you could always make rope out of hemp and garrote someone with it.
FL81
01/10/19 10:44:23 PM
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voldothegr8 posted...
We allege that Dr. Anzalone exploited his patients and the MMP for his own gain, completely disregarding the regulations meant to protect patients and promote the efficacious use of medicinal marijuana, said Paul Rodrguez, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, in a statement.

"exploited"

everyone involved in this knew exactly what they were doing
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KStateKing17
01/10/19 10:51:49 PM
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FL81 posted...
voldothegr8 posted...
We allege that Dr. Anzalone exploited his patients and the MMP for his own gain, completely disregarding the regulations meant to protect patients and promote the efficacious use of medicinal marijuana, said Paul Rodrguez, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, in a statement.

"exploited"

everyone involved in this knew exactly what they were doing

True but he's basically a dealer in this case. I'm not sure how medical marijuana works with insurance but he's prescribing it to a bunch of patients that didn't have a medical need for it which the companies would at least be paying for the visit.
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DarkRoast
01/10/19 11:15:45 PM
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kingdrake2 posted...
RiderofHogs posted...
DarkRoast posted...
supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


No.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.

Nah, I am pretty sure it is the handing opiods out like candy.


this one is a major issue, they become dependant and if we take that shit overtime we become immune to the drug so when the time really comes when we need it for severe pain. it won't work.


I never prescribe opiods except for people with cancer.

They're bad meds.
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Axiom
01/10/19 11:16:44 PM
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Hero doctor
thronedfire2
01/10/19 11:25:42 PM
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lol imagine paying $400 a year + 350 to buy weed legally
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DarkProto05
01/10/19 11:26:39 PM
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He gave drugs to thousands of clients yet isn't going to jail because he's a doctor. Yet thousands of small time street dealers and users are sent to prison for much smaller offenses.
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Questionmarktarius
01/10/19 11:29:42 PM
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DarkProto05 posted...
He gave drugs to thousands of clients yet isn't going to jail because he's a doctor. Yet thousands of small time street dealers and users are sent to prison for much smaller offenses.

This is clearly a vast conspiracy on the part of academia, to get aspiring drug dealers to take twelve years of college first.
KStateKing17
01/10/19 11:33:11 PM
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thronedfire2 posted...
lol imagine paying $400 a year + 350 to buy weed legally

If you're regularly smoking weed you're spending more than $400 a year.
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thronedfire2
01/10/19 11:34:24 PM
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KStateKing17 posted...
thronedfire2 posted...
lol imagine paying $400 a year + 350 to buy weed legally

If you're regularly smoking weed you're spending more than $400 a year.


I don't think insurance pays for medical marijuana. or at least not much of it
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KStateKing17
01/10/19 11:38:14 PM
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thronedfire2 posted...
KStateKing17 posted...
thronedfire2 posted...
lol imagine paying $400 a year + 350 to buy weed legally

If you're regularly smoking weed you're spending more than $400 a year.


I don't think insurance pays for medical marijuana. or at least not much of it

I'm not sure either. I figure the visits are getting paid for though.
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supercrono
01/10/19 11:38:37 PM
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DarkRoast posted...
supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


Yes.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.

ftfy
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voldothegr8
01/11/19 7:44:18 AM
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Dr. Dank!
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Devil_Katt_II
01/11/19 7:45:13 AM
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DarkChozoGhost
01/11/19 7:54:55 AM
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supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.

Yup. They're 1000x worse than him.

KStateKing17 posted...
True but he's basically a dealer in this case. I'm not sure how medical marijuana works with insurance but he's prescribing it to a bunch of patients that didn't have a medical need for it which the companies would at least be paying for the visit.

Insurance companies are evil, so that's a good thing.
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marc55
01/11/19 8:03:09 AM
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supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.

they are doing the same suspending them
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DarkRoast
01/11/19 3:00:11 PM
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supercrono posted...
DarkRoast posted...
supercrono posted...
Meanwhile doctors indiscriminately hand out opioids like candy and not shit is done about it.


Yes.

The problem is that our pay is related to satisfaction scores, and denying people their candy results in lower satisfaction scores.

ftfy


Hey man, maybe if "under-treating" pain didn't result in huge lawsuits:

https://www.mdedge.com/familypracticenews/article/24885/health-policy/doctors-brace-lawsuits-over-undertreatment-pain

Physicians who used to worry about prescribing too much pain medication now have a new liability problem to worry about: not prescribing enough.

The pendulum has swung the other way, said Jay Westbrook, clinical director for palliative care and bereavement service at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in West Van Nuys, Calif. Doctors are much more likely these days to get into trouble for failing to manage someone's pain than for writing an [inappropriate] prescription for OxyContin.



Sue us if we do, sue us if we don't.
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