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My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

Posted by JudyB on 5/11/04 at 23:44 (150446)

She stopped practicing all of a sudden. No real explaination. I really didn't have a problem with her.

Does this usually indicate a red flag or something?

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

Pauline on 5/12/04 at 12:17 (150463)

It could mean a lot of things, but you won't know unless you go searching for the information. These are times when crystal balls would come in handy. I'd 'see a new doctor in your future':*

Bummer, I hope you find another good doctor.

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Richard, C.Ped on 5/12/04 at 12:21 (150465)

You might be able to get some answers by asking around in the medical community. Office staffers are the best resources for information.

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Kathy G on 5/13/04 at 10:48 (150512)

Smart suggestion, Richard. Maybe your PCP's office staff would know something about it, Judy? It may be that she just has some personal problems and have nothing to do with her practice, per se.

Hope you can find another good Pod!

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

JudyB on 5/13/04 at 13:23 (150519)

That's why I wasn't sure if I should ask. It was all of a sudden. I kind of liked her, because I have neuromas and she wanted me to get better by trying all kinds of orthodics instead of doing injections and/or surgery.

I guess it doesn't matter, because the orthodics haven't worked for the neuromas.

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/13/04 at 19:58 (150544)

Too many reasons to speculate. Although, there are more docs, in general, quittting medicine than ever -- not a good trend.

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JudyB on 5/13/04 at 23:01 (150556)

Ed, I agree. I would imagine a lot of them are tired of all the insurance paper work, etc. I know many are also fed up with the raising malpractice premiums, that some simply do not insure themselves anymore.

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Kathy G on 5/14/04 at 08:57 (150571)

It is very sad that many good people are leaving the practice of medicine in frustration. My husband just played golf with an excellent surgeon who retired early because he just wouldn't practice medicine the way the insurance companies wanted to do. He wanted to go back and work part-time for another practice but they can't afford to have a part-time surgeon because malpractice insurance is so high.

Last year, I read that fewer students were applying to medical school. I don't know if that trend is continuing but if it is, we're in big trouble.
If only someone knew how to unravel the mess and solve the problem but it's so compelex.

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

JudyB on 5/14/04 at 09:49 (150577)

Ever notice how lawyers benefit from almost everything? It's time to start tightening the screws on the lawyers.

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john h on 5/14/04 at 10:11 (150578)

We had a lawsuit filled in Arkansas this week for the following: A man had a colonoscopy for which you are sedated. The clinic clearly tells you in writing to bring someone to drive you home and they actullay escort you to the car to make sure someone is driving you. This guy after the procedure said he was going to drive himself home. The staff said he could not do this unless he stayed in the facility for the appropriate time for the sedative to wear off. They even called his home and his wife said there was no one who could come get him. He said he was not going to wait so they advised his he would have sign a consent form relieving them of liability and noting he should not be driving. He had about a 100 mile drive. On the way home he had a wreck and was killed. The clinic is now being sued by the family. The judge who first heard this said a clinc cannot hog tie a man down but this should be heard by a jury. When on earth does one start taking responsibility for there own behavior?

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

JudyB on 5/14/04 at 13:48 (150590)

John, it doesn't matter. As long as there is money in it for the lawyers, there will be lawsuits no matter what is signed.

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Dr. Z on 5/14/04 at 14:22 (150593)

I understand what you are saying but they could have called the POLICE

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Dorothy on 5/14/04 at 19:22 (150605)

Amazing. Maybe they should have restrained him and gotten some mental health professionals and a judge involved to declare him a danger to himself and/or others and had him committed for evaluation of mental status. He should not have been allowed to leave in that state and no paper absolving of liability first, means anything from an impaired individual and two, ever actually absolves anyone of anything. Just because someone WANTS to do something and promises that they won't sue you for letting them doesn't make it ok, nor acceptable in the eyes of the law. They did have obligation. Yes, he should have taken responsibility for his own actions - but he was obviously an irresponsible, selfish, short-sighted - perhaps mentally incompetent - individual - and hospitals have telephones to the police station which they should have called. The police would have seen that he couldn't drive and would have arrested him when he drove impaired. It's not enough to just say 'oh well; we tried...we did what we could...' Being a professional should MEAN something about your knowledge base, your skills and your competencies. All this IMHO.

Re: My podiatrist stopped practicing cold turkey

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/14/04 at 19:39 (150606)


Of course, if they called the police, he was stopped for DUI, he probably still would have turned around and sued the clinic for mental anguish -- albeit a smaller settlement....
Ultimately, as long as attorneys can chase 'deep pockets' we have a problem.

Many don't realize that the tort system, as it stands, imposes an expense or 'tax' on all of us. It drives up the cost of all goods and services and, at times, decreases the quality of life. When I lived in Charleston, WV after I finished my stint with the National Health Service Corps. we hand the most wonderful 'beach' to go to. It was an old rock quarry that was filled with water and turned into a man made lake. It was shut down because the owners could not afford to insure it -- everyone lost out. Perhaps some hot dog decided to high dive into hit, hit his head and sued -- I don't know what actually happened. This same tort cost makes many products more expensive and out of the reach of those who have incomes too low to pay the 'tort tax.' Ultimately, blame need be assessed where it belongs, not where the money is.

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Ed Davis, DPM on 5/14/04 at 19:52 (150607)

It is a big problem. I am not sure if I would call it complex though because the solutions are not complex but difficult to implement politically.
1)We need reasonable tort reform. Financial liability needs to be related to fault, not to where the money is (deep pockets).
2)The insurance companies have an incredible amount of power in the US -- they can dictate treatment and not suffer any consequences for their decisions. A patient 'bill of rights' was proposed a few years back but, unfortunately, died in congress.
3)The concept of health insurance which is purely employer based is flawed. Clinton insisted that this would be an underpinning of his version of health care 'reform' and that was one reason, among many, for its failure. Pinning health insurance to one's employer decreases employment options and mobility. It gives employers a disincentive to hiring people in their mid-50s to early 60's as premiums are too high.
I feel that we should all have a national catastrophic plan (this was proposed by Milton Friedman -- a very conservative economist). My little modification to this would be that the deductible would vary with certain factors such as age and health status. For example, the deductible would go down for older individuals or those with chronic health problems so that insurers would have less risk when looking to insure such individuals.

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john h on 5/15/04 at 10:24 (150634)

They could call the police but I am not sure the Police could have done anything until he was actually driving the car. They certainly could not legally restrain him. This sort of thing happens in emergency rooms all the time. Two years ago I went to the emergency room. It was full with no room to sit. On guy who had been there a while walked up to the desk. He had a sever gash on his arm and was bleeding profusely. He said he was tired of waiting and would go home or somewhere else. Obviously he would be a danger on the road but out he went. Drug addicts come into the emergency room on a routine basis high out of their minds trying to get drugs. When they are refused they leave and hit the road. Hospitals cannot act as police. I certainly think the clinic in the case I talked about did everything they should. They tried everything but physical restraint. Called his wife. Advised him it was dangerous. Offered him a place to wait until the sedative wore off and had him sign a document advising him of the danger. The wreck has not yet even been proven to have anything to do with the auto accident but you know there was a lawyer lurking near by.