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Author Topic: Too Old to Care?...  (Read 1348 times)

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Offline OneTampa

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« Last Edit: December 11, 2012, 07:11:37 PM by OneTampa »
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Re: Too Old to Care?...
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 07:41:03 PM »
great article!
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Re: Too Old to Care?...
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2012, 08:09:17 PM »
The first paragraph scared me so much I couldn't complete reading the rest.
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Offline Ann

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Re: Too Old to Care?...
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 08:01:30 AM »
What a frightening article.

I don't think evaluating doctors' ability to practice medicine should start at a certain age - it should be an ongoing process over the years starting when they first qualify. They should be required to undergo a complete assessment - not only from a POV of being up-to-date with developments within their field, but also physical and mental health assessments, at least once every five years or so.

One comment from a doctor preparing to go into the legal field upon retirement really bothered me.

"If I screw up a legal case,” he said, “nobody dies.” Maybe not if you're in a state that doesn't hold the death penalty, but that doesn't mean there can't be live-changing, life-damaging consequences to screwing up a legal case. Oh, the arrogance!

Speaking of arrogance, this reluctance to hold doctors up to the same stringent types of qualification reviews (as per airline pilots) smacks of the "doctors are god" mindset that we need to get away from. They're not god, they're human beings like the rest of us and like the rest of us, are prone to ignorance and ill-health that may affect how we perform. I want to be able to rest assured that the doctor who holds my life in his or her hands isn't suffering from early stage dementia or a lack of up-to-date knowledge.
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Re: Too Old to Care?...
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 12:03:18 AM »
It depends on the doctor. I recently read an article about Dr.Russell Dohner in Rushville Illinois who is in his 80's and still practicing. He keeps up with all his patients  and only leaves town to attend medical conferences and still only charges $5.00 for an office visit. If you do not have the money for some reason he says well thats ok and treats them anyway. He refuses medical insurance because he says its just to much paperwork.


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