Calif. Medical Assn. President Shares Medical Horror Story – by Cheryl Clark, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today – Jan 2019
The new president of the California Medical Association was expecting to spend New Year’s at a wedding in Las Vegas.
Instead, David Aizuss, MD, posted on Facebook about his “eye opening” first-hand view of “American medicine at its worst.”
While I’m sorry for what he endured, I can’t help but be pleased that such a high-ranking doctor suffered exactly the same brutal treatment pain patients struggle with: the routine refusal to relieve pain (if not outright disbelief and accusations of drug-seeking).
In his post, Aizuss said he was rushed by ambulance to a hospital Monday morning.
“I spent hours in the emergency room where I
- received inadequate treatment of mind boggling pain,
- was never touched or examined by a physician,
- was mixed up with another patient and almost inadvertently transferred to another hospital, (and)
- was scheduled for emergency surgery based on a third patient’s lab work that was confused with mine,” he wrote.
He “finally signed out of the hospital against medical advice so I could obtain care from physicians that I know and trust.”
He did not name the hospital.
Why on earth would he not identify his tormentors? Is he afraid of naming names that may include another high-ranking doctor?
Dozens of Facebook friends, several apparently also physicians, expressed their shock that the CMA president could receive such poor emergency room response, and some said they were happy he was speaking out about poor quality of hospital care.
I think it’s a bit hypocritical that physicians are expressing shock over the treatment they themselves dole out daily.
“If you get terrible care like this (at least you know the difference) think about the care that Joe Sixpack gets; he doesn’t have the resources to get better care. This system is broken and we need to fix it,” posted one.
Why is it only when one of their own is subject to this treatment that they “need to fix it”? As long as it’s only pain patients being tortured most of them remain silent.
Wrote another, “As president of the CMA, your voice can be loud! Don’t be timid and do not be afraid of making enemies.
This is great advice they need to give themselves as they are working in a system that needlessly tortures pain patients.
If doctors don’t protest, they are all complicit.
Remember our patients know and respect us when we stand against poor medicine.“
Suddenly the treatment received by almost all pain patients is “poor medicine”? Or is it only “poor medicine” when a high-ranking doctor is subjected to it?
The CMA represents about 43,000 physicians in the state and is the second largest organized medicine group of any state, next to the Texas Medical Association, which represents about 52,000 physicians.
I hope more such events happen. Having a high-ranking or rich person suffer and be unable to “buy their way out” is so unusual in our society that it could finally cause enough outrage from enough of them to change these draconian rules.
Eventually, almost everyone, no matter their rank or prestige or bags of money, will have an accident or surgery that requires opioids. So it’s just a matter of time before the people making these rules end up suffering the results themselves. Let’s hope it happens soon.