||Sept 25, 2009
America's Dumbest Doctors.
Funnier that it ought to be. Scathing beyond belief.
Ever hear of the National Practitioner Data Bank? Probably not.
So how about this for a health care reality check: there happens to be a particularly secretive organization located on a side street in Washington, DC known as the NPDB. Their job? They maintain files on "Dangerous" & "Questionable" doctors.
Want to know how many doctors they have in their files?
250,000. You may want to go back and taken another peek at all those zeros.
We're guessing you didn't know any of this; nor do you have a clue that 10 physicians are found guilty of Felony-level behavior, every court day of the year. We'll do the math for you: that's 2,400 doctors per year.
So what's the good news? Well, the internet is a modern miracle, and it's never been easier to do your homework.
The bad news? Your state medical boards do not believe you have a right to know about your own doctors' criminal background.
Think we're being too tough on doctors?
Trust us: we're just getting started.
National Healthcare Reform? Now that's a complex subject. But here's an idea: Why don't we just start by weeding out the lunatics?
~ The Florida doctor who conspired with his brothers to chop off a finger with an axe, so they could collect a nifty insurance pay-off . . .
~ The New York physician who accidentally blew himself up, demolishing an entire building, to spite his divorcing wife . . .
~ The Arizona MD who - while facing 67-counts of sexually abusing his patients - announced in court, "Okay. So I'm not exactly Dr. Marcus Welby."
~ The East Coast doctor who stole a cadaver's hand in order to impress a topless dancer . . . .
Oh, we're just getting started. There are 100,000 more you might want to keep an eye on.
America's Dumbest Doctors
My life as an anesthesiologist was very similar to the life of airline pilots: hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by moments of terror. The induction of anesthesia was equivalent to the take-off, its maintenance represented the flight and the emergence from anesthesia, compared to the landing. The major difference? TIME! Being on time is more important in operating rooms than in airports. Our "travelers" wait for their "take-offs" on empty stomachs.
I worked with all kind of surgeons: some who were always on time, some who were never on time and a few who were on time, from time to time. But, and please believe me, I even worked with a surgeon who did time. How come? For the simple reason that, soon after his divorce and remarriage, he sank his boat and burned his house, for the insurance money!
I was always under the impression that putting a doctor in jail was a rare event. My opinion changed recently when I discovered this book. The encyclopedia of doctor's misbehavior.
For me, it was a very interesting and a very painful read.
BUT.... THANK GOD, I AM NOT LISTED INSIDE!
Joseph J. Neuschatz MD (Long Island, NY USA)
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