PHOENIX (CBS) — A woman’s doctor told her she was the only doctor at her home in Arizona who could get her blood pressure and cholesterol readings without taking the time to test herself.
The woman was hospitalized last month after she was diagnosed with multiple myocardial infarction, a stroke-like condition that can lead to death.
Her doctor says they did everything she asked of them.
But the doctor, Dr. Julie Pappas, says she’s now saying that the only way to get her health data was through a self-diagnostic test.
She told The Arizona Republic on Thursday that she didn’t get the test because she thought it was a “fantasy test” to get the readings without her consent.
It was the first time in a while that I’ve ever been tested for the heart condition that I was actually asked to sign my name to get my health data, Pappacas said.
I think I did everything I was asked of me, Pappleas said, adding she was surprised at how many people have said that they didn’t even know what a self test was or had no idea what it was.
She said she’s not sure if she should have called the test company, because it was the same company that would give her blood samples without asking her permission.
I was just really surprised that they gave me that test, Papps said.
It was a test I was given.
I didn’t ask them to take the test, but I did not want to have my health information handed over to the test companies because I thought it could be used for profit.
A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Health said they have “tried to work with Ms. Pappaccas to resolve the issue and continue to provide her with the health data that she needs.”
The department declined to say how much it would be paying Papps for the data she provided, but the spokeswoman said they were not able to reach a deal with Pappa for payment because the state is under a court order to pay for the test.
The spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Pappleacas’ lawyer, Tom McBride, said Pappacs tests are “very sensitive and sensitive tests” that have to be done every day.