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Date Posted: 09:14:44 08/17/13 Sat
Author: Barb
Subject: Re: Why doctors leave patients
In reply to: Lilly, an RN 's message, "Why doctors leave patients" on 19:33:25 08/10/13 Sat

Hi Raven,

I'd like to echo Lilly's thoughts. I worked for a cancer hospital for several years where I did all of the recruiting and hiring. The job of an oncologist is incredibly stressful, and there is a much higher rate of depression, addiction and divorce among their ranks. Our pediatric oncologists were major chain smokers...it was the only way they could handle the stress.
Another possibility to add to Lilly's list...doctors sign "non-compete" contracts that spell out what they must do if they leave their current practice. Those contracts usually stipulate a distance in mileage where the doc has to locate their new practice. Also, these non-competes often refuse to let the docs take any of their old patients with them to their new practice - and - the doctor is prohibited from disclosing the reason why you cannot become a new patient because it makes the old group/hospital look bad. For example, one of our best breast cancer specialists (beloved by his patients) had to leave our hospital after he was caught having an affair with a nurse on staff. They both were fired, and per his non-compete contract, he had to move 100+ miles away. He was married to another doctor on our staff, so it was a big giant mess...nothing to do with the patients.

Whatever the reason, I am SURE that this doctor would keep you as a patient if he could...because someone with your radiant light and fighting spirit is a rare and beautiful thing! God Bless You.

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[> [> Re: Why doctors leave patients -- GoodWillTalking, 01:17:25 08/18/13 Sun [1]

While the doctor may have restrictions forbidding his ability to care for his former patients, I don't understand why he would tell her to send her records to him and promise to contact her the next day. If he knew he couldn't offer care to former patients, why did he do that? Why couldn't he have at least had a message sent to her, somehow, explaining that why he couldn't contact her? His behavior is very odd.

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[> [> [> Re: Why doctors leave patients -- Barb, 05:39:50 08/19/13 Mon [1]

I absolutely agree that those actions make no sense and only create a lot of pain and confusion. Maybe his personal issues/demons/problems were such that he couldn't be honest? Giving hope to a loyal patient is much easier than being honest. It was a very selfish thing to do.

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