Concerns for the medical future


Editor, The Commercial:

I am concerned about our new socialized medical program for several reasons. One is personal. When I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, I was denied radiation treatment by CARTI at UAMS due to a Little Rock urologist’s report indicating my cancer was so severe that I would not benefit from radiation.

My Pine Bluff urologist, Dr. David Jacks, had a differing opinion and requested my permission to have my file reviewed by other physicians at a seminar he would attend the next week. I, of course, consented and later learned other medical professionals agreed with Dr. Jacks. I then secured approved radiation treatment at CARTI at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Seven years later I am now cancer free.

What will change with Obama Care is my file would now be reviewed by a board appointed by government bureaucrats very likely seeking medical care cost control measures. The decision will not solely rest with medical professionals like Dr. Jacks willing to fight to save lives.

Remember the words of the late Henry Ford: “When you start to trust the government, take another look at the American Indian.”

Can I get an Amen and a Hallelujah for Dr. David Jacks and CARTI at St. Vincent’s?

Bob Smithey

Pine Bluff