It can be frustrating but I understand it. The system wishes you as a patient to participate in your own health care. But only within the parameters that have been set up by the folks that are a lot smarter than we are. I think the idea is to keep patients from diagnosing their own symptoms. Which of course I have done. In a way it protects me from myself. I don't like it but I understand it.
Thanks for all the comments.
I found a neurology clinic that will take a referral from a physician's assistant, and they recommended one to see. I have an appointment with the physician's assistant Monday morning. And the neurology clinic said they can see me within a day or two after they get the referral.
It's not ideal, but it's faster than Tijuana. I just have to spend another week waking up repeatedly during the night from the pain in my hand.
As long as the Fox, (Health Insurance companies) are allowed to write the operating rules for the henhouse.
(health care system & its laws)
this will continue.
As for a neurologist that only accepts referrals it's time we remind these clowns of their Hypocratic Oath.
"First, do no harm to the patient"
By turning away a patient they have, by inaction, caused potential harm.
(Even robots are better than that! (Three Laws of Robotics: Issac Isamov)
Cheers and good luck!
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton