WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Monday, employees at Dr. Eugene Gosy and Associates are expected to return to work. This, as three of the region’s top healthcare providers drop or suspend Gosy from their coverage network.
This leaves Gosy’s thousands of patients, and employees, without answers. Independent Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Univera Health of Western New York have all cut cords from Gosy’s office.
This means if his office opens back up, those patients would be expected to pay out of pocket, at least temporarily.
Some patients News 4 spoke with say they are addicted to painkillers after being over-prescribed, or they are in chronic pain and can’t find a way to get a prescription after the office suddenly closed.
Some patients have tried to seek help from other area doctors, but patients say many are refusing to take in new patients, especially those who are former patients of Dr. Gosy.
We spoke with a former patient, Colleen Cumberlander from Niagara Falls. She is a former patient of Dr. Gosy. She has a pain pump inserted into her stomach which delivers pain medication to her spine. She can’t find a doctor to refill her prescription. Cumberlander said if she doesn’t get it refilled and checked by a doctor, it could cause her serious injury and even death.
Cumberlander tried to see several different doctors to no avail. They told her to go to a local Emergency Room for help. She went Tuesday, and after seeing a doctor was turned away. The doctor there told her it is illegal to give her narcotics, and there was nothing they could do.
On May 6, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board effectively suspended Gosy’s authorization to treat injured workers within the state’s compensation system for 30 days. The bulletin can be found in detail here.
The Erie County Department of Health says they have been overwhelmed with calls from patients asking for help. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said the County has limited resources. She said the county also doesn’t have the legal authority to mandate doctors to take in new patients.
She recommends reaching out to your primary care physician for help finding a specialist. She also said if you have health insurance, call your health care provider, and the can also help refer you to the right doctor.