This article was written a while back. I wanted to include it so you would know the prejudice surrounding all the physicians brave enough to protect your rights. Robert Atkins, MD knew, I knew, and many other ‘out of the box physicians” knew, we had to learn how to let the body heal itself. An Rx for a symptom was only part of our treatment. The whole treatment was to love your patients, listen to them, give them hope, and individualize a program they could follow using our innate intelligence and not the pressure from the Boards.
New Hope! Thanks to Dr. Oz who has taken over where we left off!From the “Ask the Doctor” Column
In Memory of my friend Robert Atkins, MD
The news of the suspension of “Dr. Atkins” medical license this past week has caused me, my staff and thousands of people in the health field to question the validity of the governing officials. We are all frightened to use our intelligence. Can they simply rip your life’s work away from you if you use experience and knowledge to care for your patients? Will we have to turn patients away out of fear of having our licenses revoked?
A US Senator remains in office after leaving a young girl to drown. He has admitted a serious problem with alcohol. His brother entertained many women in the building where his wife and children lived as he used his executive powers to run the government..
The FDA just removed two dangerous drugs which it had previously approved, from the market. We are all supposed to understand this and ignore it. Nobody’s perfect. Right?
An update for this year…A powerful drug company has set six and a half billion dollars aside for legal defense because their drug caused strokes and cardiovascular incidents which it had previously claimed to prevent.
Why is it that medical doctors, who have earned everything the old fashioned way, are subjected to such suspicious scrutiny? It’s as if we studied eight years longer than is required for most degrees; stayed on call 24, 36 and 48 hours at a time; exposed ourselves to all the diseases; listened to problem after problem; read seven or eight medical journals a week; constantly assumed enormous responsibilities; and protected ourselves financially from a litigious society looking to profit from our work—just to cheat everyone and overcharge them?
There are times when I look at my staff and think, “There will never be enough money to pay these special, dedicated people.” When I see them working so hard to satisfy and comfort everyone in trouble, I thank God that these are the people who surround me. I asked Linda, my office managed, to represent our feelings. I ask you, the reader, to think of us as kindly as we do of you. I ask that you respect the illustrious contributions of Dr. Robert Atkins and all those medical scientists who spend their lives making yours better.
Although I am retired from the practice, my love and respect for my girls remains the same.
Linda’s letter follows:
“When I chose a career as a medical assistant approximately 29 years ago, it was because I loved people and wanted to help. I looked forward to making a difference in their lives and comforting them when they were in need. Things have changed greatly since I made that choice.
“I remember when patient care was the most time-consuming part of the physician’s day, and mine. I remember when patients paid their bills and were immediately reimbursed by their insurance companies. I remember when collection agencies for doctors’ offices were unheard of. I remember when “Code” meant a patient was in cardiac arrest. Now “Code”—procedure code and diagnosis code—brings frustration to each staff member who hears the word.
“Doctors can no longer run their practices with just someone to answer the phone and a nurse. They need to have an office manager, an insurance coordinator, a receptionist, a computer specialist and many clerical assistants. Instead of devoting all their time to patient care (which is their primary concern!) doctors must now divert their attention to matters such as meeting the payroll, answering the many letters from insurance companies requiring more and more information, and patients who are just looking for them to make one small mistake. What has happened to Medicine?
The patient, doctor and office staff long for the “old days” when a patient was sick and just came to the doctor for loving, supportive and professional care; then time was taken up thinking about medicine and not economics; and when insurance companies paid for care without millions of questions and unnecessary paper work.
“Oh, yes, many things are different now, but one thing has always remained the same: I love my patients and want the best for them, more than anything else. That’s what medicine should be about!”
Linda Katz, Office Manager