4 Tips to Help You Select a Medical Marijuana Physician

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So one of the first decisions that a patient seeking medical marijuana will need to make is selecting a doctor.

In today’s article and video, we’ll discuss 4 Tips to Help You Select the Right Doctor for You.


1.  How long has your doctor been working with medical marijuana?

In general, the more experience that your doctor has with medical marijuana, the more they will know about the diagnoses and symptoms and which medical marijuana products will work best for you.

They’ll also be more familiar with the legal issues surrounding medical marijuana use, such as issues related with employment, and be able to help you or refer you to other resources.


2.  How much time will the doctor spend during your consultation?

It doesn’t matter how much the doctor knows about medical marijuana if they don’t have enough time to do a thorough consultation.

I’ve seen some doctors advertise that they can do a consultation in 15 minutes.  I can tell you that there is no way to do a thorough consultation in that amount of time.

If you’re seeing a doctor who is already familiar with your medical situation, expect the doctor to spend about 30 minutes with you.

If you’re seeing a brand new doctor that you’re just meeting for the first, time, expect to spend closer to 60 minutes.


3.  How easy is it to access your doctor for questions or changes?

Medical marijuana treatment is individualized and personalized medicine.  We will often need to make changes over the first few months.

Your doctor needs to be accessible to you for questions, changes to your treatment plan, and refills.


4.  What are the estimated fees for a whole year of doctor’s consultations?

A lot of patients focus on the initial consultation fee, and they look for the doctor with the lowest initial fee.

However, you really need to look at the fees for a whole year of doctor’s visits.

For example, if you go to a doctor for a $150 fee, but they want you to come in every month, you’ll pay a lot more for that doctor versus someone who charges you $250 twice a year.


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Doctor Victor Chou, M.D.

Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana