by Joanne Cvar, chair HCAO Communications, with help from Rand Dawson, Florence
The recent firing “without cause” of Dr. John Egar, a primary care physician with a thousand patients at the Peace Health Medical Group in Florence, was apparently in retaliation for letters Dr. Egar had written to the local press in March, 2014, expressing his views on health care delivery issues and costs. This unwarranted action only hurt the patients he cares for in a rural area where health care is not easily available and raises concerns about the patients' ability to retain the physician or health care professional of their choice. The destruction of extensive patient-doctor relationships has no excuse and may raise medical risk factors through no fault of patient or professional. See Dr. Egar's letters HERE. The letters point up the need for serious discussion of the health care issues Dr. Egar informs us about. See the news story about this case which aired on KEzI Eugene.
The retaliation against Dr. Egar is not an isolated incident, but an example of widespread practice by hospitals, employers, and insurers limiting, under threat of retaliation, the ability of medical personnel to speak out publicly. Please contact your state and national legislators to ask for legislation to protect health care personnel from retaliation when they share their concerns on health care issues and costs. We need the contributions of all medical professionals to the community discussion necessary to improve quality and affordability in health care delivery. The public interest in finding improvements to our over-commercialized health delivery system requires experienced insight and comment from medical professionals.
Find contact information for Oregon State legislators HERE and for your federal legislators HERE. Ask them to protect the careers of our medical professionals against retaliation when they provide informed comments to protect us. The issues of transparency, accountability and affordability Dr. Egar raises are guiding principles for Health Care for All-Oregon. Everybody in; Nobody Out includes the caring doctors we depend on and doctor/patient relationships built over time.
See also: Oregon Doctors ask for Legislative Review
(letter to the Siuslaw News)