An interesting perspective from a physician who reflects on the emergency, intensive, and rehabilitative care he recieves when he was on the other side of the health care system, 10 weeks and several hundred thousand dollars later.
“After falling down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck and nearly dying, a Massachusetts physician is now speaking out about the stark deficiencies he saw in his own treatment — and how those shortcomings relate to more general problems he sees plaguing medical care in America.
Writing in the New York Review of Books, Harvard Medical School faculty member Arnold Relman — who is in his 90s — documents the course of his treatment from arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency room on June 27 to his discharge from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital ten excruciating weeks later.
As he says, “Since then, I have made an astonishing recovery, in the course of which I learned how it feels to be a helpless patient close to death. I also learned some things about the U.S. medical care system that I had never fully appreciated, even though this is a subject that I have studied and written about for many years.”
Specifically, Relman says, “I always knew that the treatment of the critically ill in our best teaching hospitals was excellent. That was certainly confirmed by the life-saving treatment I received in the Massachusetts General emergency room. Physicians there simply refused to let me die.”
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