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  •  Giving them to people who don't need them (5+ / 0-)

    is marginally worse, because of the waste of medical resources in addition to the unnecessary suffering.

    •  In the practical sense, not giving cancer (7+ / 0-)

      treatment to people who need it is worse because for most types of cancer, the patients will all die.

      Most healthy people receiving cancer treatment will survive.  Only a small percentage will die as a result of the treatment.

      From a moral sense, I'm not sure that one type of premeditated murder is worse than another.

    •  Well aside from the anguish (8+ / 0-)

      that a cancer diagnosis causes the patient and their immediate family.

      There are real repercussions beyond the immediate financial impact. People are terrified of this disease and see it as a death sentence. And this "doctor" ( I use that term advisedly) has breached a trust that is sacred. How will any of this guy's patients ever trust another doctor or health care practitioner again. Let's not forget that this monster had accomplices helping with the paperwork and the treatments.

      It is beyond sick, it is evil. He should be locked up for a very long time as just a start.

      Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. ~ Ulysses S Grant

      by vcmvo2 on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 02:05:47 PM PDT

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      •  But at least one patient of (0+ / 0-)

        Dr. Feta said “I don’t believe a word of it. I have faith in Dr Fata.”

        Most folks so trust their doctors that the facts don't bother them.

        Doctors have convinced people so well that law suits for malpractice were "frivolous" that in many states they got the doctor protecting "tort reform."

        When the IOM did their famous study of Malpractice they expected to find that actual med-mal was very low and the doctors' complaints were real. They were staggered to find that med-mal was so high and that in only a small percentage of cases was any claim filed. Their statistical estimate for preventable medical error killing up to 98,000 patients a year was immediately attacked by many medicos but a later more extensive study found the number closer to 200,000. That's deaths. The amount of harm short of death is staggering.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 01:14:01 PM PDT

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