Letter: Sorry for scaring the patients

Editor:

Many apologies to Dr. Campenni and Black Hills Urology for scaring your patients into thinking you were leaving the Valley. My article on "Where Did All the Doctors Go?" stated that the only urologist in town had left the area. It turns out that Dr. Campenni is part of Black Hills Urology that relocated to Cottonwood July 2008.

Who would know?

Neither the doctor nor Black Hills Urology are listed in the five phone books I consulted: Cottonwood Community Directory, Sedona Verde Valley Directory, the big DEX, the DEX Plus from 2008 and the new one from 2009. There is only one urologist listed and that's in Flagstaff and also a clinic in Flagstaff. So everyone please forgive me but those are the facts.

Many thanks to the doctor for restating the problem that private doctors have keeping a practice. In a recent article entitled "Curing Our Health Care System," Dr. Robert Gagliano suggested that we "abolish the entire medical malpractice system and replace it with adjudication panels of medical experts funded by a tax on all individual health care policies."

That would eliminate the bloated settlements and awards that raise the cost of everyone's premiums and result in doctors having to cover themselves by ordering unnecessary tests, procedures and referrals. "The current system wastes $200 billion a year to avoid lawsuits," resulting in fewer and fewer doctors willing to take high-risk patients.

Primary care physicians are also becoming a scarce breed. Again I quote Dr. Gagliano: "burgeoning, costly and cumbersome bureaucratic mountains of red tape" imposed upon doctors reduces their motivation to practice primary care and results in higher health care costs for all of us.

Another answer to these problems is including health insurance reform with health care reform, and that means regulating the insurance companies in such a way that they can no longer deny payment for pre-existing conditions, or drop people once they get sick, up the annual premiums, nor allow discrimination by age race, gender, employment or region of the country you live in, and all the other ways the insurance companies have found to deny coverage.

Remember their bottom line is Profit, Investors, Wall Street.

If these issues have you concerned, be sure to make your voice heard by contacting our representatives: Senators Kyl and McCain and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the House. Let them know that Americans want "not for profit" health care.

Lee Cali

Cottonwood

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