Modern Peer Review Is Often A Sham!
By Richard Willner
- There was a time not so long ago when Doctors could have disputes
with hospitals and simply move on. Nowadays, the hospital uses a
fraudulent peer review to destroy the doctor’s career.
The reason for this is to control the health care dollar and to
diminish the bond of trust between physicians and patients and sell
the snake oil of falsified hospital quality ratings to the public.
The parties who have become the defector credentialing authorities
of physicians are corporate lawyers whose firms represent banking,
insurance, cigarette companies, asbestos manufacturers and other
gross offenders of health and well being of ordinary people in the
pursuit of profit.
These law firms comprise the roster of the Health lawyers
association, and they are accomplished defenders of pseudoscience to
serve their clients bottom line so the psycho babble of the quality
movement is right up their alley.
We are way beyond the tipping point. But, sadly individual
Physicians are too overwhelmed with caring for forced
over-documentation, complying with too many Federal organizations
who will fine or put a doctor in jail, and when they have time,
caring for the sick.
Doctors are fixated at Obama care for a very good reason. It is
beyond horrible and only understood by those who read the Law and
know that the hundred thousand pages of Regulations will follow.
They don’t understand there are no “appeal rights” for the patient.
And, it is Government and they will control everything in its sight
Government has no feeling. If an expensive Medicare patient should
die a month early, well, I can see the Government accountants
dancing in delight!!
How wrong Doctors are to ignore today’s battles at the state level.
Doctors don’t care as “it does not affect me”. In time, the losses
that physicians and surgeons suffer in one state gain speed and
arrive in ALL states. And, when it is at your state, it is too late.
No Physician organization is fighting these battles that can be won.
Often, battles are won by just one man who can persuade legislators
on what the real issues are and how their ideas destroy the
patient-doctor relationship. The issues are Big Money, Big Power and
It is all about our special idealism that kept us going in Med
School and in our Residency. It was our overwhelming desire to be
the absolutely best doctor we could be.
We weren’t driven by money but to excel in the care for one patient
at a time. We wanted to be perfect even at our 36th hour awake. Our
focus was super-human. We gave up our lives to learn our craft.
There is no question that the doctor no longer controls the “patient
But, if we want to win the big war, we can start by winning each
And this is a war that we must win as America trusts their precious
health not to the suits or Government but to…. American Physicians