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1. Threat of turning other physicians in for unfounded cases to Texas
Medical Board as they have with other physicians over, and over. Seems like this would be a benign thing right? If the case was indeed unfounded--Imagine all it takes to become a physician--thousands and thousands of dollars, 8, 9, 10 years or more, establishing a practice, working 10-12 often more hours a day --all the while doing everything in your power to keep patients safe and help them heal. Then you start getting letters from the Texas Medical Board--an entity that could take away that license you have worked so hard to earn. You know the case went well, but think you may need to hire a lawyer to ensure all steps are taken appropriately. In the mean time you continue your 10-12 hour days--taking care of patients---back of your mind wondering if your peers and/or public doubt your ability, even though the complaint was unfounded---few weeks go by--another letter. This case went well too--more time spent, expense of lawyer, worry about how this may stain your reputation--even when the complaints have been found to be groundless--now that happens not 1, not 2, not 3 but 7-8 times. This and other intimidation tactics was so hard on two good heart surgeons they picked up their families and left.
2. Threat of lawsuit
3. Cornering other physicians and staff with yelling and threats, etc.
People are afraid of them--and rightly so. That is why it has taken a while for action to be taken.
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Again, it is not common for a physician to "fire" a patient but the way these guys practice is not common thank goodness--especially in Victoria, where we are blessed with an excellent group of physicians.But these physicians can and have "fired" patients if/when the patient did not choose to use the hospital (De Tar or Houston) or surgeon (De Tar or Houston) as they were told by these doctors---again--intimidation. Their intimidation has worked on many patients who were afraid to make the change during a health crisis---this is unheard of in the history of health care in Victoria, TX. You would think the hospital would have to protect patients from behavior like this-right. Oh, that's right...they did---even knowing the threat and intimidation of lawsuit and such. That was a brave thing to do--especially for the Board. Maybe they have had a loved one at some point who was ill and understand the importance of being able to trust what the physician says without doubt--which is and should be a basic right in our culture/society--and found it unacceptable for these physicians to out and out lie to patients about their options. Their "reward" for this is a lawsuit and a one-sided article splashed on the front page of the local paper--portraying the physicians who behaved so outrageously as to cause this drastic but necessary action as "victims."
It is hard to believe that a doctor would lie to a patient and use these intimidation tactics--again---- unheard of in Victoria---has been hard for everyone involved to believe the behavior---then when the pattern was impossible to ignore many were and still are afraid to speak up because of
It is not typical behavior, especially for local physicians, but a group such as P, C, and G can and have "shut out" surgeons as explained well by WakeUpVTX below.
It is unfortunate and unheard of to most of the medical community. Some of their tactics include repeated, unfounded claims to the Texas Medical Board on these surgeons, lawsuits, threats, etc. Has caused others to be afraid to "get involved"--afraid that the same will happen to them.
They know the game of intimidation well and use it to their advantage.
Yes they could sue for liable and slander, but fortunately they are more concerned with caring for their patients, which is the first concern for 99% of Victoria physicians--except for this group who is preoccupied with trying to destroy the reputation of those who don't play by their rules.
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Woof--The man who told you that was indeed wise.
All of you who have made comments about taking away choice:Dr. James Taylor was an excellent Heart Surgeon who was harassed by P/C/G because they wanted to choose their own Indian heart surgeon who flew in from Houston-did heart surgery and left. Dr. Taylor thought this and other practices were unacceptable and he would not allow them to control him----to the point that Dr. Taylor had to leave Victoria and move his wife and children to another community. Dr. Larry Breitkruetz was another highly-skilled heart surgeon who left in large part because of Parikh, Chandna and Gaalla. P/C/G are the ones responsible for taking away our choices in physicians by using intimidation with other physicians and patients to their own end. The community is at risk of losing another heart surgeon. They have been trying to destroy the cardiac program at CMC by steering patients away from Citizens so they can continue to fill their own pockets by using their own equipment and equipment at DeTar for which they receive monetary gain. Wake up and folllow their money trail people!