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My mother has advanced dementia. She is 86. I took her to the dr. Same dr she has had for over 30 years. I had a detailed list of her current health problems and new anxiety and phobias. He did routine labs and EKG. Refused to acknowledge the other issues and treat her with meds. Said I didn't have medical poa and since mom said she was fine, he couldn't take my word for it. Using Hippa law as reason. What should I do? It is an ordeal to get her to a dr .

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What a jerk! If mom has psychiatric symptoms, i would take her to a geriatric psychiatrist. Don't ask her; take her to lunch and just stop in. Alternatively, find a geriatrics doctor; fax him your lust of concerns before her appointment.

If mom is ever hospitalized, get a psychiatric consult. Antidepressants have changed my mother's life.
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Well, it's too late to get POA, that ship has sailed. Therefore, I guess you might apply for guardianship. You will have to hire a lawyer to do this, so if your mother has any income, use it.

HIPAA is so misunderstood, even by doctors. They are so fearful of being fined if a marketing company gets medical information that should be private.

See the post I made under Discussions: https://www.agingcare.com/discussions/health-information-privacy-and-accountability-act-180316.htm

Guardianship is not easy and there are reports that have to be filed and records that have to be kept, but it may be your only option.
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