Money Driven Medicine
A book by Dr
David K. Cundiff, MD
Last year I
reviewed the book,
Money Driven Medicine, by Maggie
Mahar. Coincidentally, about the same time we received
her book, we got another one with the exact same title, but this one
was by David K. Cundiff, MD. I liked this latter version a bit more
than the first we’d received, mainly because it is more of an
exposé, and it’s written by a physician.
You have to love
doctors who come out against their own profession. More often than
not, people support their profession no matter egregious it acts.
You have crooked judges supporting a crooked judicial system,
crooked attorneys do the same; and then we have politicians who
support their party more vigorously and more rigidly than they
support the constituents they represent.
cuts to the heart of a medical system that has replaced scientific
objectivity with the science of the highest bidder. Every chapter is
an eye opener: Money motivated treatment; money motivated research;
money motivated care. Cundiff represents the type of human being who
went into medicine to help heal humanity, discovered that healing
and compassion weren’t really in the job description, and not about
to turn away from his ethical standards decides to blow the whistle
on this crooked operation.
As a whistle
blower, he was the first to lose his job working for the Los Angeles
County Department of Health Services. He discovered that the more
the Service focused on controlling pain and distressing symptoms
(mainly in the dying), the less money they got from Medi-Cal
reimbursement. He complained about this. He got fired.
Now…you can go
out and buy this book, or you can go to his site and read the entire
thing in PDF format. What a guy.