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New London family doctor, 85, says
state forced her to give up medical license

New Hampshire Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Mark Hayward

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Posted By:nhchemist, 9/26/2017 10:42:41 AM

An 85-year-old New London physician said Monday that she has been forced to surrender her medical license because of a system that values electronic medicine over professional judgment, and favors expensive specialists over individualized care. (Snip) Konopka, who speaks quietly with a soft Polish accent, graduated from the Medical Academy in Krakow, Poland. She said the United States medical system is approaching that of communism. “It’s fine if you are with the system. If you are not,” she said, “you are an enemy of the system.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: horacer, 9/26/2017 10:52:33 AM     (No. 11396095)

Is she keeping good records? The bit about not consulting a specialist before prescribing for bronchitis is idiotic. GP´s can diagnose and prescribe for respiratory infections.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Highlander, 9/26/2017 10:54:28 AM     (No. 11396098)

Hard as it is to find a good doctor, the bureaucractation of medicine makes a mess of it as in this doctor´s case. The charts, graphs, and bottom line rules. At 85, she must still be fit to practice. Too bad. Maybe she can go back to her homeland, since the communists are gone.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Skywise, 9/26/2017 10:57:19 AM     (No. 11396105)

Get government out of medicine.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/26/2017 11:09:16 AM     (No. 11396123)

Wish we could get medicine out of Government. Let STATES license and oversee them. What? You mean they already do that?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rinohunter, 9/26/2017 11:21:24 AM     (No. 11396134)

New mantra for the conservatives....get government out of medicine!!! Enough of this crap! This story sickens me. Dr. Konopka´s records, probably recorded on index cards, are probably more superior, thorough and detailed that any stupid computer software program spits out.
Please watch "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman where he says that even state licensure of doctors is probably not necessary in a properly working capitalistic society. Basically news about how bad a doctor is travels very quickly and that doctor would never have patients. Yet the argument is that licensing prevents quacks from practicing medicine....NEWS FLASH....there are plenty licensed quacks. Those that have completed the necessary government paperwork and therefore qualified themselves to practice medicine yet they still are inferior clinicians (who probably shouldn´t have a license in the first place).

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Reply 6 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 9/26/2017 11:28:19 AM     (No. 11396143)

I´ve come to despise doctors and their checklist medicine, their snarly, condescension when they talk to me, and watching the tops of their heads as they study their laptops instead of listening to me.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Robert Jones, 9/26/2017 1:17:06 PM     (No. 11396292)

This doctor is absolutely correct. The Feds have mandated so many things that proved harmful, like trans fats, excessive narcotic application, and overly tight blood sugar control, one would thing they would shut up and hide, instead of doubling down on rules. EHR are the ruination of the practice of medicine and should be outlawed, at least not encouraged.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 9/26/2017 1:31:30 PM     (No. 11396312)

Forcing everything into computer systems has wasted a huge amount of time. My eye surgeon sees me, does a detailed exam and then spends longer, with an assistant putting stuff into the damned computer than she did with me. And frequently, the info in the computer is wrong a the next visit, and she and I repair it from memory.

The computer systems are truly damaging patient care.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Chief1942, 9/26/2017 1:37:10 PM     (No. 11396330)

I believe the good doctor is right. The American Medical Association is nothing more than a front for socialized medicine. As with so many things in America today, it is the "methodology" that counts, not the results. I sit and watch as the wheels of this nation are getting more and more wobbly. Eventually they WILL fall off and then it is every person for themselves.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jinx, 9/26/2017 2:25:06 PM     (No. 11396390)

Our medical system will go the way of our education and post office. Both are failing with no help in sight.

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