I've been a patient here at Corbella going on 7 years. By far the best practice for outpatient opiate treatment that is in the valley, hands down. I've been a buprenorphine patient since 2010 and I've been through my share of crummy money grabbing doctors and practices. All of the care providers actually seem to genuinely care about your health well-being and future. If you are in need of help with opioid dependency or even just a solid primary care doctor or pain management doctor I would 100% recommend corbella health and wellness to everyone.
The only one thing I can say that I wish they would do differently is allow long-term patients that have been coming to the practice for years on end and have never had any issues, never missed an appointment, never asked for an early refill or anything along those lines would be able to be seen bi- monthly. I know this is a possibility and I know refills can be given for buprenorphine/Suboxone. It would be a huge financial help especially for cash patients like myself. And it would also show the patient that they are progressing and help with getting out of the routine of a monthly doctor's visit to get their refill.
Breaking those type of routines and being able to get your mind off of your medication will help in the long run with being able to wean off of it if you are somebody who is able to do that and doesn't have ongoing pain issues. It would also help with making the patient feel More normal and far less anxiety riddled when they have to continuously go to their boss every month and let them know they have a doctor's appointment, yet again. Not everybody works at a gas station or a grocery store and some of us have corporate jobs and really do not want their employer and co-workers to know why they come to the doctor every month.
Monthly doctor visits can be extremely hard to explain in a way that does not let the employer know why you're going. I have actually had my employer tell me I need to find a new doctor because they should be giving me refills so I do not have to continuously go to an appointment or even take time out of my day for a telehealth visit.
I'm not making this comment just to save myself $1,200 a year. I do not want to put my job in Jeopardy. the further I climb up the ladder and the more of an integral part of the company I become the more monthly doctors visits become a problem and the more questions my employer asks. I don't always work in town, quite frankly I am out of town or very far from the city 85% of the time so that makes having to come in for a visit even more difficult. There's also issue with phone service for telehealth appointments when in unpopulated cities like Black canyon City, Heber, overgaard, Needles, Clifton, ETC.
I would really appreciate if you guys would seriously take this request into consideration. It would be a huge help financially but most importantly would give me the piece of mind of not having to talk to my boss every 4 weeks about another appointment. That in turn would make me feel like more like a normal person who has their life on track. most normal people don't have to continuously go to the doctor except for cancer patients or some other horrible disease along those lines.