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[Reblog] The legacy of Dr. Michael Davidson (murdered in his office)

The comments about physicians/health care industry were overwhelmingly thought provoking and insightful.
Some excerpts from the comments…

  • What we as a profession appear to be (willfully) unaware of is that we doctors are the face of the healthcare system. To the extent that we do not speak up, protest and advocate for our patients when they are taken advantage of by hospitals and insurers, we provide a face for patients to blame.
  • This did not happen in a vacuum. It happened in a culture where there is a lot of rage, sometimes uncontrolled, and easy access to guns. And it happened in a very broken healthcare system which is driven by greedy big business profit motive that results in anyone with money or good insurance getting very overtreated and anyone without money or good insurance getting severely undertreated. And yes, our system has bred a lot of mistrust and hopelessness.
  • “Anyone who doesn’t think that corporate executives and hospital administrators take full advantage of the opportunity to hide behind us as they maximize profits at the expense of our patients, is a fool.”

The legacy of Dr. Michael Davidson.

From the 22 January 2015 post at KevinMD

In 1994, I was working at my first radiation oncology job in San Diego at Grossmont Hospital when I came into work to hear disturbing news.  One of my colleagues in medical oncology, a compassionate man known for his gentle nature, had stayed late at the cancer center the evening before to finish up paperwork.  With his back to his ever open door, he sat at his desk never once considering that he was in danger.  A disgruntled relative of a former patient surprised him from behind and beat him viciously over the head and body causing broken bones and contusions, and leaving him for dead.

Read the entire article, with comments here.

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