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Dr. Thomas D'Onofrio D.O.

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THE STORY:

I am the only person in my family, to go to medical school. I graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine , in 1988----about $150,000 dollars in debt. I was a holistic family physician for over 10 years, before I had to quit my private practice, partly due to poor advice from my business advisor, and the changing environment of reimbursement ; less than 35% reimbursement of my charges and bad advice from my consulting/billing partner. I had an insurance company send me a check for 25 CENTS for an office visit !!! I did not cash the check--hoping to cause accounting issues with the company--soft revenge. I was one of those physician who did not see 60 to 70 patients a day. I saw 20 patients a day, gave them 30 to 45 minutes a visit, and believed my billing company that thing would get "better". . It didn't ! After 6 years of private practice, I found out that even thought I had billed the insurance companies MORE, I collected LESS, EACH YEAR. The physician consulting company reassurance of this getting "better", in reality, they got WORSE.f I found out too late, that I had possible litigation against my consulting service---but , I am not one to sue someone for what I thought was not accountable. I am just too trusting, and non-litigiounous in nature. Most physicians are. I now have my medical school loan down to just under $74,000.00 I am practicing Addiction rehabilitation medicine--(Herion/Opiate)--And I love my practice. About 95% of my patients are determined to be drug free. Many of my patients have been addicted by physicians that procreated their addiction, or they are the victim of pain clinics being shut down and the ease and rise of street herion. I now have several medical issues-- vision impairment--blindness in the right eye, hypertension, kidney disease and elevated cholesterol. My fear is that I will leave my wife and/or family with this medical school loan. I woke over 40 hours a week---with the Addiction medicine and at an Urgent Care--but the use of the computer is getting increasingly difficult--due to my limited sight. My vision in my left eye is 20/40, and stable the past two years. Mt visual impairment does make being an Urgent Care physician chalanging, but I am doing the best that I can and usually I limit what patients I treat, according to my impairment--such as , I will not suture complex lacerations. In short, I refer any and all patients with certain medical problems to other Urgent Care's or the ER, if i feel the condition is one, that I feel I cannot adequately treat--I refund the money that they have spent at the Urgent Care that I am working at, when I refer them, thus there is NO conflict of medical ethics. I need help with the remaining $73,000 plus of my medical school loans. Where did my money go since 1988? My wife and I chose to send our children to catholic schools for 12 years, and send them to college. My son has NO college debt. My wife and I are paying on the college loan for my daughter. One day we will hope to sign the $70,000.000 loan to her. That's my story. God bless and thank you, Dr. Thomas D'Onofrio D.O. drdonofrio5@gmail.com

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