Rate Dr. Raju Hajela
Dr. Raju Hajela's Ratings
I was a patient of Dr. Hajela`s in Kingston during the mid-late 1990`s. From what I have read above he has not altered his excellent patient-care style and ethics. My partner and I had been addicted to Heroin for 17+ years, and Dr. Hajela was instrumental in creating the better life that we live today. His receptionist Tracy was an angel, and every RH`s wife "R" was involved. Our first few appt`s with him were in the basement office in his home! Calgary`s addict population is luckier than they could ever know!
For a person like myself that suffers from chronic pain I find that Dr. Hajela is very judgemental and should get to know his clients a bit more before he sends an evaluation. Also of note is that he does mix up your words and calls you an addict when you are not, the reason why I am saying this is because that is what he called me. I did not appreciate it and I've dealt with people/clients who are addicts. He called me an alcoholic even though I only have a drink maybe once a month or on special occasions. If someone asked me if I would refer him I would only do it if I felt that they needed help or a professional opinion.
This dr has been a life saver for me. I am a alcoholic in recovery. Tried treatment since the age of 17- and my old family dr gave up on me & basically told me she couldn't help me. The times I have seen dr H, he's been professional, kind, understanding, & considerate. Their office treats people with addiction with respect and dignity, which was hard to find. He also takes one hour to sit and talk with you, and I've never had any doctor do that. He sent me for blood work & found I had a thyroid problem & my old dr missed this, or just didn't care. I had to pay $400, for the 1st two appointments, where a psychologist, councillor, and other tests are not covered by AHC, but dr H is covered, & it was well worth it. He is the only addiction dr in Calgary & has almost 30 years of experience. He has been the best dr ever for me!
Dr Hejela saved my life. I was a cronic alcoholic. Drinking more than 30oz of Vodka a day. I have been to rehab ( waste of Money ) went to AA. ( Bunch of religious sob sacks, just looking for someone to feel sorry for them). Every doctor i have seen was afraid to treat me the way i need to be treated> they all wanted to refer me to someone else or some "program". Dr Hagela gave me what i need- ANTABUS-when this drug is taken with alcohol, you will experiance severe pain similar to food posioning. You just plan connot drink while taking it. Only a handfull of doctors are educated enough to prescrib it, and Dr Hajela is one of them. The drug will only work if you take it and want to quit. Once taken you no longer have a choice you just can drink. Thanks Dr Hejela, you saved me and my family.
He has been my only hope! After moving here for work from back East,I have been waiting for knee transplants for the past several years and have been on heavy narcotics to kill the pain so that I can work and have somehat of a normal life,I needed my prescriptions filled after being here for a few months,Every other Doctor in Calgary treated me like I was worthless and was just looking for a fix, he had gone above and beyond what is expected of a doctor, He takes the time to explain things to you and is extremely helpful with medical and non-medical issues.Its too bad this health care system dosen't have more doctors like Dr.Hajela,Thanks Doc
People who suffer from addiction are sick people mentally. The negative comments here are by these type of people and likely didn't want to hear the brutal truth that he will give you. He genuinely cares and this is very apparent in that he gives you an hour of his time for every visit; I'm not aware of any other doctor that does that as they are compensated by our government based on number of patients seen. He has been a tremendous help to me and when I listen to what he says I find the answers are right there in front of me. I sincerely doubt the hepatitus response and sounds like there are greater issues at hand here. If you do a bit of research with regards to the positions that he has/does hold and some of his many accolades, you will see that we are lucky to have him here in Calgary. He has helped me and hundreds of people in the addiction community that I personally know. If you truly want help, see him, if you want someone to tell you want to hear, go elsewher, he cares!
Sympathetic but very firm about me facing my problems with addiction. I often did not want to hear what he had to say but overall he has been very helpful to me in addition to my work with 12 step programmes and another psychologist. Haven't had a drink in 2 years and life is much richer for it.