Aug 29, 2016 3:21 PM GMT
I cringed and wanted to hide under my bed when I saw this interview with the Donald's doctor who prepared his comical "medical" letter. You decide for yourselves. LOL!
Ex_Mil8 said"I get anxious when I get rushed" (especially when I'm coerced into rustling up a medical statement for a presidential nominee, in just 5 minutes). - lol
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/29/lawsuits-trump-s-doctor-overmedicated-patients-who-died-in-his-care.htmlLawsuits: Trump’s Doctor ‘Overmedicated’ Patients Who Died in His Care
Penning Donald Trump’s enthusiastic clean bill of health in five minutes may have been one of Dr. Harold Bornstein’s least consequential mistakes. In 2002, he paid $86,250 to the husband of a former patient to settle a lawsuit alleging that Bornstein overmedicated his wife with powerful, unneeded prescriptions, which contributed to her addiction—and ultimately her death.
The 2002 lawsuit is one of three malpractice claims brought against Trump’s longtime gastroenterologist since 1992, two of which allege the doctor improperly administered powerful drugs which led to the death of patients. Both of those cases were settled before jury trials, with no finding of liability against Dr. Bornstein...
...Medical experts reached by The Daily Beast questioned the professionalism of such a letter, and Bornstein’s explanation.
“It just isn’t done. It’s unprofessional, unethical, and violates basic common sense,” said Arthur Caplan, founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“A gastroenterologist should not be offering an assessment of Trump’s overall health. He should certainly be doing it in tandem with other experts or someone who is a generalist. If he was commenting on Trump’s guts it might make some sense.”
Bornstein told NBC News that Trump’s overall health is “excellent—especially his mental health.”
“Beyond that,” Caplan continued, “you don’t do an assessment in a few minutes, and you don’t do it without having the person in front of you. You don’t write a letter without examining the patient.”
In his letter, Bornstein included Lenox Hill Hospital in his signature. When reached for comment by The Daily Beast, a spokesman for Lenox Hill stressed that Bornstein is not actually employed by the hospital...
Ex_Mil8 saidPresumably the medical profession in the US has some equivalent of the General Medical Council here in the UK, which is responsible for setting professional standards and taking disciplinary action where appropriate. I'd be amazed if Trump's doctor doesn't end up under investigation, given that, by his own admission, he threw together this hyperbolic mess of a medical report under pressure from Trump. Then there's his claim about Clinton, which is either a lie or an improper disclosure - either way, it's an alleged breach of professional conduct: “I know her physician, and I know some of her health history, which is not so good.”
Here in the US, we have these things called "doctor-patient confidentiality" and "physician-patient privilege." In simple terms, these concepts (the latter being a legal one) protect the privacy of communications between a patient and his/her doctor. There's also this statute called Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, which protects a patient's medical information, violations of which are subject to criminal and civil penalties and sanctions. If it is true that Trump's doctor has medical information about HRC, regardless of how infinitesimal, the question then becomes from where did he obtain it. That, in and of itself, ought to be rigorously investigated.