Physician’s call to action: Compassionate medicine

I have COPD. I have kidney failure. Heart failure. And that’s enough, that’s enough. And it’s a fight to keep things in line. Hey Miss Nesbitt. Well, hey. The story of the Good Samaritan is something I seem to have always remembered. Briefly, a man is robbed and beaten and left by the side of the road. And he is left there. Deep breath. And the important part for me I think was always I couldn’t picture how people could pass him by or how they could be at peace with themselves if they left
him there. And so I sort of feel like in my current job setting I’m not exactly the Good Samaritan, but I feel like I’m where I’m needed. I feel like I have a chance to act for people who might not otherwise have assistance. Do you ever have trouble getting your inhalers because of money
problems? Yes ma’am, I paid them 57 dollars. I can be an advocate Ya, out of pocket is huge for that. I can be an advocate for them in other settings you know with
insurance companies with agencies with other doctors and so there are a lot of
ways to maybe live out in an indirect way as a physician that sort of Good
Samaritan that made such an impression on me in the past. So Dr. Lutey is really an outstanding physician. She provides care to underserved and under-resourced patients in this region of the country. She’s able to put herself in her patients shoes. And she understands that these non medicine challenges that patients who are underserved have and is able to combine that with her knowledge of medicine to make sure that patients get the kind of care that they need.

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