What are my rights if I did not get the medical help that I needed?
Question Details: I am passing a kidney stone. I have gone to 3 different doctors. No one gave me the help I needed. On top of the pain I have very high blood pressure, because if the pain. One doctor even said the high blood pressure was because of the pain but would not treat either the pain or the high blood pressure. I have had stones before and have always passed them. I was told by all 3 to go get a CT scan. We do not have insurance and can not afford one. I have told the doctors this and still no one will help. My only other option is to go to the ER but can't afford that. I am worried about my blood pressure being so high. Do I have any grounds being turned away with high blood pressure and them knowing that and the reason and not helping?
Doctors are not required to treat people if they feel those people need different help or treatment than what the doctor recommends. You write that all three doctors said you should get a CT scan: if three doctors all agreed as to that, that's almost certainly the right, or at least a very logical and reasonable, course of treatment. You refused their medical advice; that is not not providing you the help you needed, that is providing advice which you ignored. A doctor is not liable because you will not do what they tell you to do.
You say that you "know the cause of the high blood pressure," but you don't know that--you are not a doctor and you have not had necessary tests done. It is your opinion, nothing more, and doctors do not need to substitute your opinion for their own medical judgement.
Finally, it is not the doctor's issue if you don't have insurance and can't afford an ER or CT scan: they did not cause your financial situation, and are not required to treat you for free (which is what they would have needed to do, if you don't have insurance and can't afford medical treatment).