I don’t know what else to say about this case. Check this out. What you will see is an article describing the legal travails of Dr. Diana Blum, the Neurologist pictured here. Blum joined a medical group in CA, and over time became horrified by their optimization of profit at the expense of patients. Mandated use of generic drugs, refusal to distribute drug samples, unwillingness to refer out of network.
To her credit, she spoke up about her concerns to her colleagues. Heatedly. Repeatedly. Eventually, she was asked to stifle her comments or leave the practice. Her contract was terminated. And she sued the group. For $10 Million!!!
Eventually, a jury awarded her all of $28,415. But the story doesn’t end there. The medical group is suing her for $1.4 Million in legal fees!!!
Bottom Line. Good grief. I frequently express my concerns about physician well-being in terms of burnout, suicide, etc. But I hadn’t really thought much about the stress that this kind of acrimony could cause on the physicians involved, and on the practice of medicine in general.