Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

June 24, 2014

Trust is important

As many of you who read the Register-News know, I write mostly about the same things, the continuing unaffordable cost of health care and a broken corrupt political system.

I deviate from time to time when my “fitness mafia group” get to me witht heir cries of wanting more local content and I attempt to address those issues as I recently did with the state, county and local high school issues. It is hard to change subjects when every day we are reminded of increasing cost of health care and some politician either lying or stealing.

An article by Scott Reeder June 19 reported another state politician headed for prison for bribery with a backward look at the history of some of our jailed governors and hardly a day goes by that we do not hear or read about some scandal in health care. It is awfully hard not to connect the dots between the two. The Veterans Administration scandal in all the news lately is but one example of how these two subjects tie together.

I want to shift gears and talk about some good things today based on my personal experience. I have been fortunate to be treated by doctors who could be role models for what doctors should be.

My primary care doctor is very meticulous and detailed. His nurse is super and an extension of him. He covers all lab reports and discusses any items that fall out of acceptable ranges not only with explanations of the particular result, but what we should do about it.

He answers every question and I have complete confidence in him. My doctor who treated me for cancer in 2006 is a super skilled surgeon and we are fortunate to have him in Mt. Vernon.

I can say this with confidence and assurance after initially getting a second opinion from Dr. Anderson and being told that the treatment being received here was right on target and validating what we were doing. My doctor who did the first surgery I ever experienced (rotator cuff) in the 80s was a very skilled surgeon.

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