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PeaceHealth Provider in Florence Terminates Respected Physician

PeaceHealth Provider in Florence Terminates Respected Physician
The at-will employee was likely released after sharing his strong views on healthcare policy

by Temple Lentz for The Lund Report, 5-30-14

On April 24, Dr. John Egar was released from his job at PeaceHealth’s Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. Egar was fired without cause but was told that, unofficially, his outspoken opinions on access to and costs of healthcare were the reason. Egar, a well-respected and popular doctor among his patients, plans to stay in the area and may try to join a new primary care facility that has recently opened in Florence. He does not, at present, plan to appeal his termination.

Earlier this year, Egar had penned three letters to the editor of the local newspaper, The Siuslaw News. The letters challenged the high costs of healthcare in the United States and encouraged readers to seek transparency in pricing from their insurance providers.

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