by Vernon Rowe
Our Mission—To take the best care of our patients we possibly can, to help improve the quality of their lives.
We believe—doctors should remain independent from the unholy trinity of healthcare: hospitals, insurance companies, and drug companies. A doctor’s primary duty is to his or her patients, not to the hospital, insurance, or pharmaceutical industries. By way of background, as a freshman medical student, my Mom, a public health nurse with a Masters degree, took me to see some of her patients. They were the poorest of the poor, and lived in migrant camps and shacks in a small tourist town nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina.
She discovered a tuberculosis epidemic in those poverty-stricken folks. But when she brought that information to light, she was promptly relieved of her job. She spoke the truth to power. After all, tourists might cancel their trips if they found out there was a TB epidemic around that town. They might go somewhere else. Sometimes the truth is bad for business. And for the Businessmen of Medicine who run hospitals, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies, business nearly always trumps the truth.
The Businessmen of Medicine control much of the practice of medicine today. They are so powerful, even our Congress and governmental regulatory agencies seem powerless against them. They are becoming “too big to fail.” What happened to the financial industry, in 2008, they hope will happen to them when they do fail: namely, even a larger federal government handout than they get today.
We at the RNI are independent, and don’t work for hospitals. Or insurance companies. Or drug companies. However, we do work with all of them to obtain the best care we can for our patients. We offer outpatient comprehensive neurological care where patients come first. Our primary duty remains to our patients, and not to the unholy trinity of healthcare.
We believe—doctors should continue to learn from their colleagues, the medical literature, and their patients throughout their lifetime.
We believe—doctors should control the quality and the access to the tools they need for their medical practice.
We believe—doctors should be engaged in research, to help maintain a cutting edge knowledge, and to help develop new therapies for the care of their patients.
We believe—doctors should hold themselves to a high standard of truth-telling, be unafraid to advocate at every level for their patients, and never, ever let business trump the truth.