The Mayo Clinic refuses to allow Randy Warner to donate a kidney to his friend Tom Roe because Warner is a ‘recluse’ with no family or friends to care for him after his hospital discharge.
Roe’s family offered to look after Warner, but unfortunately UNOS has very strict rules governing anything they deem ‘compensation’ to a donor for an organ. The recipient’s family caring for a non-related donor makes The Mayo Clinic squirm with possible impropriety.
Secondly, for 30 days post-surgery, Roe’s insurance covers the cost of any health services Warner may need, and The Mayo Clinic will be responsible for providing them. Regardless of public perception, some donors do experience complications, and if Warner has no caregiver, he may not seek assistance as soon as he should, if at all. I suspect the Mayo Clinic is protecting themselves from any liability if something detrimental should occur to Mr. Warner under these circumstances.
Thirdly, according to the article, The Mayo Clinic refuses to give Mr. Warner copies of his pre-transplant tests so he can and Mr. Roe can seek out another transplant center for the procedure. Obviously they can still solicit another center, but Mr. Warner will have to endure the diagnostic tests for a second time.
While I can’t speak about Arizona’s laws, Ohio’s stipulate that medical records are NOT the property of the patient, but of the provider (physician, clinic, hospital). A patient can obtain copies of these records, but for a price.
Personally, I think this law is ridiculous and yet another way for the medical community to take advantage of consumers. The consumer pays for the service, yet they are allowed no records of it? Do mechanics horde the documentation of work done on your car? Plus, this extra fee hampers lower income people who tend to visit different clinics or providers. They simply can’t afford this extra fee, which prevents their current physician from knowing their medical history, and consequently thwarts patients from receiving the continuity of care so important to good health.
And let’s not forget that Mr. Roe’s insurance company forked over approximately $10,000 for the pleasure of testing Mr. Warner, and it looks like they’ll be doing it again. While The Mayo Clinic is doing nothing illegal in refusing to give Mr. Warner his test results, I wonder if a sternly worded letter from Mr Roe’s insurance company might change their mind?