Manhattan, 10001 (Tuesday)
Hicksville, 11801 (Thursday)
New Hyde Park 11042 (Friday)
Do I qualify for treatment?
In general, anyone with a qualifying condition and symptoms being treated (or treated in the past) with prescription medications will qualify for treatment.
List of Qualifying Conditions
- Chronic Pain
- Painful muscle spasms
that hasnt responded to prescription medications, OR
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spinal Cord Inury
- Crohn’s Disease (IBD)
- Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)
- Huntington’s Disease
that has been treated with prescription medications and is associated with one of the following symptoms:
- Severe Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome (weight loss)
- Non-Painful Muscle Spasms
Does Anything Else Qualify?
In general, this occurs in 2 situations.
1) When the diagnosis falls under a general category that is an approved condition. For example, “Leukemia” is not on the list. But since it is a form of cancer it is actually approved.
2) When a condition that isn’t on the list is associated with a condition that is on the list of qualifying conditions but isn’t officially diagnosed. For example, someone with a diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome may experience severe chronic pain. Even if they don’t have an official diagnosis of chronic pain, since they actually suffer from chronic pain, they may qualify for treatment with medical cannabinoids, if other prescription medications have been used to treat their restless legs (and associated chronic pain).
I have XYZ. Do I qualify?
XYZ can be anything. In general, if XYZ causes chronic pain, painful muscle spasms, or is a type of one of the qualifying conditions (Cancer, PTSD, Neuropathy, M.S., Parkinson’s, Spinal Cord injury, Seizure disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Huntington’s disease) you may qualify.
However, you may need to have a diagnosed condition as well as an associated symptom (a diagnosis of M.S. without associated pain, muscle spasms, spasticity or another qualifying symptom).
You will also need to have been treated with other conventional prescription medications first.
When these conditions are met, the doctor will usually recommend medical cannabinoids because it is considered to be in a patients best interest.
However, there are some situations where the doctor would not recommend medical cannabinoids. If he decides it is not in a patient’s best interest, for example, if a patient is allergic to cannabinoids, or a patient is pregnant (since it can harm the baby) then the doctor would not recommend it to them.
While the only way to definitely know whether you would qualify is by meeting with the doctor who will thoroughly review your medical records and examine you, nearly 95% of the time you can find out if you qualify by using our interactive tool.
Does It Work? Yes
- Chronic pain: 90% of patients say it works better than powerful painkillers like Percocet or Oxycodone (Opioids).
- Most patients are able to reduce their painkillers.
- For patients who have pain related to cancer, MS, ALS, Crohn’s disease or another condition it also works really well.
- Multiple Sclerosis It helps many patients with MS who have pain and muscle spasms or spasticity. For other conditions like PTSD or Parkinson’s disease there is less evidence but many patients find that it helps them a lot.
- Cancer patients often report that it helps with pain and nausea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cost? First Visit: $250 Follow up: $150
Insurance? No. Credit or debit
We accept all credit cards or debit cards as payment. If you do not have one then we will also accept cash payments.
Medical Records to bring?
- diagnosis and prior treatments
- a medication list if you have one
We don’t need all of your records. We just want to verify your diagnosis and prior treatments.
What if I can’t get my records before the visit?
To avoid any delays in treatment, we recommend you come to the intial visit even if you have difficulty obtaining records prior to the visit. Sometimes, the doctor can access your records online or through a statewide database.
How do I go about getting records?
Call any of your doctors and request that they email or fax (both to yourself and to us (email:[email protected] fax: 516-778-7534) a copy of a recent medical note or other documentation that includes documentation of your qualifying diagnosis and prior treatment.
Other documentation that might have this information on it could include:
- Physicians letter
- Diagnostic study reports (EMG, EEG, Colonoscopy)
- Imaging reports (MRI, CT scan, PET
- Pathology reports
- Lab tests (HIV)
- Genetic tests (Huntington’s disease)
Certified at the first visit? No
Before providing a certification, at the second visit the doctor will review your labs and any other requested records. He will then develop a customized treatment plan and provide you with education about the plan, explain the benefits and risks of treatment.
# Visits? Every 1 - 3 Months
Did You Receive My Fax?
- You can ask your doctor if it was sent
- You can ask your doctor to send you a copy
- You can bring your records with you to the appointment
- If you leave us your email (email us), we will also send a message to the doctor to check but it sometimes takes a while for other offices to get back to us so we can’t guarantee that we will be able to get back to you about this before your visit. (see Medical Records to Bring above for more information)
Haven't seen doctor yet, can he call me?
He will reply to specific questions that are
- sent by email to [email protected]
- that cannot be answered by our staff
- Make sure to leave your email as well as your phone number for the fastest response time.
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