Trust In Physicians
Jerome Kassirer, M.D. recently wrote a book entitled “On The Take”. It reports extensively how medicine’s complicity with big business can endanger your health.
In one of the last chapters, Dr. Kassirer quotes Cardinal Joseph Bernardin regarding the topic of trust. Cardinal Bernardin gave a talk to the American Medical Association and gave a description of the covenant that must exist between a doctor and a patient. He explained that this covenant“is grounded in the moral obligations that arise from the nature of the doctor-patient relationship. They are moral obligations—as opposed to legal or contractual obligations—because they are based on fundamental human conepts of right and wrong. While…it is not currently fashionable to think of medicine in terms of morality, moralaity is, in fact, the core of the doctor-patient relationship and the foundation of the medical profession.
“Why do I insist on a moral model as opposed to the economic and contractural models now in vogue? Allow me to describe four key aspects of medicine that give it a moral status and establish a covenantal relationship: First, the reliance of the patient on the doctor. Illness compels a patient to place his or her fate in the hands of a doctor. A patient relies, not only on the technical competence of a doctor, but also on his or her moral compass, on the doctor’s commitment to put the interests of the patient first. Second, the holistic character of medical decisions. A physician is a scientist and a clinician, but as a doctor is and must be more. A doctor is and must be a caretaker of the patient’s person, integrating medical realities into the whole of the patient’s life. A patient looks to his or her doctor as a professional adviser, a guide thorugh some fo life’s most difficult journeys. Third, the social investment in medicine. The power of modern medicine–of each and every doctor–is the result of centuries of science, clinical trials, and public and private investments. Above all, medical science has succeeded because of the faith of people in medicine and in doctors.This faith creates a social debt and is the basis of medicine’s call–its vocation–to serve the common good. Fourth, the personal commitments of doctors. The relationship with a patient creates an immediate, personal, non-transferable fiduciary responsibility to protect that patient’s best interest.
The moral center of the doctor-patient relationship is the very essence of being a doctor. It also defines the outlines of the covenant that exists between physicians and their patients, their profession, and their society. The covenant is a promise that the profession makes–a solemn promise–that it is and will remain true to its moral center. In individual terms, the covenant is the grounds for the public’s continued respect and reliance on the profession of medicine.”
Patients in Peoria need to be able to trust their doctors. Patients that suffer emergencies need to be able to trust that the physicians in charge of the 911 system and ambulances have the system set up with the patient at the central focus and not set up to enhance the best interests of the doctors or the company which they are affilliated. When patients only have minutes to live, the first arriving responder at the scene who is most capable of caring for the patient during this valuable time period, should be able to. The Peoria Fire Department should not have to wait on AMT to arrive or wait until AMT asks them for help to assist the patient (with a breathing tube, for example.) The doctor is charge of this policy, Dr. Rick Miller, needs to change this. What would Dr. Miller want if he were the one with the medical problem?
OSF should not forget Haitian children that need heart surgery. Making them whole again makes all of us more whole. We will help ourselves if we help them. The technology is in Peoria. The money is in Peoria. Haitian Hearts is in Peoria and will gladly do the work that no one else will. The Sisters are in Peoria. The secular leaders of OSF need to think in terms of making society better, not just their bank statements. The Sisters pay their secular leaders enormous salaries. They need to be “good stewards” of the faith and trust the Sisters have placed in them to help the poor and marginalized (including Peoria’s psychiatric patients). The Catholic Diocese of Peoria need to push OSF in the right direction and not fear OSF’s money and influence at local and state levels. Bishop Jenky needs to practice what he preaches from the Catholic pulpits in Peoria. Most importantly, Peoria’s laity need to demand changes and challenge Bishop Jenky and the OSF Sisters to do the right thing, as Cardinal Bernardin was pleading.
- Introduction--Peoria's Medical Mafia
- Keith's Letter
- Conversations with Keith Steffen
- Keith Steffen and the Apostolic Christian Communit...
- Conversations with George
- Conflict of Interest
- OSF-AMT Relationship
- Emergency Room Overcrowding
- OSF Emergency Room Patient Satsifaction
- Fear at OSF
- Conversation with Sister Canisia
- Conversations in Church
- Sister Judith Ann
- Conversations With Chris
- Ethics Committee at OSF
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heal...
- Patricia Gibson and Monsignor Rohlfs
- Picketing OSF
- Bishop Jenky Haitian Hearts Meeting---February, 20...
- Bishop Jenky's Threat
- Catholic Diocese Abandons Haitian Hearts
- Tom Carroll's Letter to Bishop Jenky---September, ...
- Bishop Jenky Rejects Catholic Tribunal Court
- Bishop Jenky's Response to Tribunal---November 17,...
- Paul Kramer--Executive Director Children's Hospita...
- OSF Cuts Haitian Hearts Funding--July, 2002
- Slow Down Surgery--Part I
- Slow Down Surgery--Part II
- Letter Regarding Delay of Surgery---November, 2002...
- Perfume, Pets, and Pediatrics
- Linda Arnold--OSF Foundation
- Letter to Illinois Attorney General---January 15, ...
- Willie's Pacemaker
- Jackson is Dying
- Joe Piccione---Ethics vs. Practice
- Diane's Letter to Joe Piccione and Patricia Gibson...
- Pleading OSF for Jackson's Life
- Letter to Sister, Keith, and Paul re: Jackson Jean...
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste Forum Article
- Jackson's Letter to Sister Judith Ann
- Washing Jackson's Feet
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste's Obituary
- Children's Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste and Keith Steffen
- Jackson Shouldn't Have Died
- Emergency Medical Systems Failure in Peoria
- Peoria Journal Star Articles
- Firehouse Forum
- Cardiac Arrest
- Basic Drugs
- More Fear
- Trust in Physicians
- Questions for George, Rick, and Andrew
- On the Take
- Open Letter to Peoria Medical Society---January 6,...
- Questions About Matrix Consulting Group
- The Matrix Report
- Should Peoria Fire Department Sell Its Only Amubla...
- Let Peoria Fire Department Operate its Ambulance
- 19 Minutes Is Too Long
- Ambulance Monopoly Unhealthy for City
- Peoria City Council--August 9, 2005
- Peoria's Greed
- Peoria City Council---February 7, 2006
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