Saturday, April 3, 2010

Physician, Heal Thyself!

by Pa Rock
Health Care Consumer

Jack L. Cassell, a urologist who practices in Mount Dora, Florida, has recently had his fifteen minutes of fame. The physician has placed a sign on his office door that reads:

"If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes in your health care begin right now, not in four years."

He apparently also has his office littered with Republican propaganda.

Some have questioned the ethics of a health care provider being so in-your-face with his political opinion, but the doctor sees no problem with his politicking at the office. He told the Orlando Sentinel, "I'm not turning anybody away; that would be unethical. But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

So be it, indeed!

One news report said that Cassell has a stack of Republican friendly photocopies in his waiting room under a sign stating:

"This is what the morons in Washington have done to your health care. Take one, read it, and vote out anyone who voted for it."

Cassell, a registered Republican, is married to Leslie Campione, a lawyer who is a Republican candidate for county supervisor.

A few observations from Pa Rock are in order:

A urologist in Florida is probably catering to an older crowd. Chances are excellent that many of his patients are using another "socialist" government medical program, Medicare, to fund their visits to Dr. Cassell's office - and without Medicare the good doctor would not be living quite so large.

I'm a fairly partisan person myself, but I would not go to a physician who was constantly talking politics and handing out campaign literature, even if it was politics that I agreed with. I want my physicians to be focused on my health and well-being, and not stewing over politics while they are supposed to be concentrating on me and my medical needs.

I select my doctors based on their abilities, often through the recommendations of others who use their services. Anyone searching for a urologist in Florida might do well to check out www.healthgrades.com. Over two hundred individuals have rated Dr. Jack Cassell on that site. I would put a lot more stock in those ratings than I would in his political opinions - if I were seeking urologic care in the Sunshine State.

To close with a grin, tweeter cdashiell posted this gem on Twitter yesterday: "Florida urologist will only treat real dicks."

1 comment:

Mike Box said...

I was no fan of the late Missouri Republican Representative to Congress Durwood G. "Doc" Hall. Hall practiced medicine over at the Smith Glynn Callaway clinic in Springfield. Doc Hall wouldn't have liked health care reform, nor would he have liked insurance companies calling the shots on who got medical and who didn't.

Doc Hall wouldn't have crossed this line. Perhaps its more evidence of the Age of Acrimony being played out before our eyes.