As medical costs and bills can create significant challenges for many Americans, so can the issue of quality of care. And recently, new evidence that a questionable medical experience can happen to anyone.
MedPage Today reports that California Medical Association President David Aizuss had to go to a Las Vegas emergency room by ambulance on New Years Eve Day. MedPage quotes Aizuss as having written on his Facebook page: “I spent hours in the emergency room where I received inadequate treatment of mind boggling pain, was never touched or examined by a physician, was mixed up with another patient and almost inadvertently transferred to another hospital, (and) was scheduled for emergency surgery based on a third patient’s lab work that was confused with mine.”
Ultimate, Aizuss “signed out of the hospital against medical advice so I could obtain care from physicians that I know and trust.”
The fact that the CMA president would receive such care caught people’s attention.
MedPage adds: “Dozens of Facebook friends, several apparently also physicians, expressed their shock that the CMA president could receive such poor emergency room response, and some said they were happy he was speaking out about poor quality of hospital care.”
One person commented on his page: As president of the CMA, your voice can be loud! Don’t be timid and do not be afraid of making enemies. Remember our patients know and respect us when we stand against poor medicine.”
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