Ari L. Weitzner, MD

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  • 67 East 78th Street

    New York, NY 10075

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  • 212-628-2323

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ms. o did not have insurance. she has a chronic dry eye condition- not a complicated issue for a board certified ophthalmologist- for which restasis is an excellent treatment- drug of choice, really- but can take several months to kick in. most dry eye specialists also give alrex, a mild steroid, to make the eye feel and look better until the restasis kicks in. it cant possibly make the eye worse.

ms. o had little patience, and insisted on seeing me 2 or 3 weeks later for a re-evaluation. somehow, she was under the impression that follow-ups are free. i calmly explained to her that follow-ups are NOT free- that half of my patients are coming back for follow-ups, and that if she had insurance, her insurance would pay for the follow-up, contrary to her position. it's as simple as that. she replied that when she paid for her exam, she wanted a guarantee my treatment would work, and therefore if it didn't, i should see her for free. again, i calmly explained that no doctor on this planet gives guarantees or operates a practice like this- it's outrageous. all i can do is give the patient the best treatment i can think of, and if it doesn't work, to come back for a re-evaluation. anyway, she did not require a re-evaluation anyway, for she did not give the restasis enough time.

i regret that ms. o does not understand how medical practices work. i challenged her to see another doctor and demand a guarantee and demand free follow-ups. again, if she had insurance, it would be a non-issue, as insurance plans pay for all follow-ups. i asked her- why should i be punished and see you for free, just because you have no insurance? (you should know that if she told me she was struggling financially and could not pay me, i would have not hesitated to see her for free. i see many, many patients for free who cannot pay me-i don't turn away my patients just because they can't pay. its my pleasure. but i will absolutely not see a patient who insults me by telling me i am not entitled to be paid.)

if you notice, ms. o is also very upset she spent $130 for alrex. add to that the $275 she paid me, and you quickly can understand why she is so upset when her eyes did not get much better after 2-3 weeks. this is essentially why she is complaining, which is really not fair to me. anyone reading this would agree that had she had insurance which covered her exam and her meds, none of this would have transpired. i have never, ever in 19 years of practice have a patient who demanded free follow-up exams because the eye condition did not improve. it's outrageous. ( to be clear, follow-up visits after surgery (ranging from 1 week to 3 months) are indeed included. the surgical fee includes the post-op visits.

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ms. o did not have insurance. she has a chronic dry eye condition- not a complicated issue for a board certified ophthalmologist- for which restasis is an excellent treatment- drug of choice, really- but can take several months to kick in. most dry eye specialists also give alrex, a mild steroid, to make the eye feel and look better until the restasis kicks in. it cant possibly make the eye worse.

ms. o had little patience, and insisted on seeing me 2 or 3 weeks later for a re-evaluation. somehow, she was under the impression that follow-ups are free. i calmly explained to her that follow-ups are NOT free- that half of my patients are coming back for follow-ups, and that if she had insurance, her insurance would pay for the follow-up, contrary to her position. it's as simple as that. she replied that when she paid for her exam, she wanted a guarantee my treatment would work, and therefore if it didn't, i should see her for free. again, i calmly explained that no doctor on this planet gives guarantees or operates a practice like this- it's outrageous. all i can do is give the patient the best treatment i can think of, and if it doesn't work, to come back for a re-evaluation. anyway, she did not require a re-evaluation anyway, for she did not give the restasis enough time.

i regret that ms. o does not understand how medical practices work. i challenged her to see another doctor and demand a guarantee and demand free follow-ups. again, if she had insurance, it would be a non-issue, as insurance plans pay for all follow-ups. i asked her- why should i be punished and see you for free, just because you have no insurance? (you should know that if she told me she was struggling financially and could not pay me, i would have not hesitated to see her for free. i see many, many patients for free who cannot pay me-i don't turn away my patients just because they can't pay. its my pleasure. but i will absolutely not see a patient who insults me by telling me i am not entitled to be paid.)

if you notice, ms. o is also very upset she spent $130 for alrex. add to that the $275 she paid me, and you quickly can understand why she is so upset when her eyes did not get much better after 2-3 weeks. this is essentially why she is complaining, which is really not fair to me. anyone reading this would agree that had she had insurance which covered her exam and her meds, none of this would have transpired. i have never, ever in 19 years of practice have a patient who demanded free follow-up exams because the eye condition did not improve. it's outrageous. ( to be clear, follow-up visits after surgery (ranging from 1 week to 3 months) are indeed included. the surgical fee includes the post-op visits.

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I visited Dr. Weitzner three weeks ago, He examed my eyes and told me I have dry eye condition. He wrote me two priscribtions ( Alrex and Restasis).. I payed $275 for visitation. ( I have no insurance) One of the eye drops Alrex- which cost me $130 - was not good for eyes.. It actualy made eyes more red and two weeks later my eyes start to get hurt, I was sure becuse of this Alrex! So I went to see Dr. Weitzner again, he didint even look my eyes, all he cared about if he is getting payed for this visitation/ fallow up also.. I payed him $275 two weeks ago and he didnt understand what is wrong with my eyes and gaved me WROG EYE DROP, when I went to back he wanted to charge me again! I couldn't belive it.. and he is very very rude!!! I found him from the internet.. I just googled eye doctors and his web site came up.I made a mistake.. I
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I visited Dr. Weitzner three weeks ago, He examed my eyes and told me I have dry eye condition. He wrote me two priscribtions ( Alrex and Restasis).. I payed $275 for visitation. ( I have no insurance) One of the eye drops Alrex- which cost me $130 - was not good for eyes.. It actualy made eyes more red and two weeks later my eyes start to get hurt, I was sure becuse of this Alrex! So I went to see Dr. Weitzner again, he didint even look my eyes, all he cared about if he is getting payed for this visitation/ fallow up also.. I payed him $275 two weeks ago and he didnt understand what is wrong with my eyes and gaved me WROG EYE DROP, when I went to back he wanted to charge me again! I couldn't belive it.. and he is very very rude!!! I found him from the internet.. I just googled eye doctors and his web site came up.I made a mistake.. I
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excellent doctor. clearly smart and well read. excellent reputation. honest and ethical- only recommends what is truly in patient's best interest

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