Terminating/Severing Physician/Patient Relationship

Although a physician is allowed to sever or terminate the patient/physician relationship, in order to avoid allegations of patient abandonment (unprofessional conduct), a physician should notify patients of the following in writing when the physician wishes to discontinue care:

  • The last day the physician will be available to render medical care, assuring the patient has been provided at least 15 days of emergency treatment and prescriptions before discontinuing the physician's availability.
  • Alternative sources of medical care, i.e., refer patient to other physicians, by name, or to the local medical society's referral service.
  • The information necessary to obtain the medical records compiled during the patient's care (whom to contact, how and where).