Dr. Death

Confidential drug programs criticized after botched surgeries

Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs and alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from patients.


I know for a fact that that’s a huge problem.

Back in my litigation days I used to represent several national disability insurance companies. A stunning percentage of the disability claims filed by professionals involve drug-addicted physicians. The problem especially is pronounced among anesthesiologists. Literally as we speak there are perhaps several thousand anesthesiologists working out there in ER rooms while addicted to the heavy narcotic Fentanyl. If not other drugs.

The solution is beyond obvious: the iron fist as opposed to the velvet glove must be brought to bear. But take a wild guess as to the identity of two of the three major groups who are most opposed to harsh measures against drug-addled docs, and who’ve been able largely to maintain the status quo via money and political muscle. Then take another guess as to the political party to which those particular groups belong.

Cause and effect.

2007 Business Review -- BusPolitics