You doctor may not have changed.
His office may be in the same place.
You might have the same struggles with parking… the same old magazines in the waiting room… and the same reception staff waiting to greet you.
But next time you walk in, they could hit you with something VERY different.
They may call it a “new form” or “just a new policy.” Some may even make you watch a snoozy video about a bunch of legal stuff.
Don’t gloss over that paper. Don’t fall asleep during that video, either… even if it was scientifically crafted to make you tune out.
And whatever you do, DON’T sign on the dotted line – because if you put your name on that page, you might NEVER get it back!
A plot to STEAL a basic right from you
After nearly a year of endless shutdowns and lockdowns… EVERYONE is struggling right now.
That includes DOCTORS… because patients are postponing, well, EVERYTHING.
Bloomberg reports that over the past year, medical office revenues have PLUNGED by an average of a third.
And the news agency says that’s allowed big-money private equity firms to SWOOP IN and BUY UP practices left and right – turning once-independent doctors’ offices into their latest McMedical clinic.
Even if the clinic LOOKS largely the same… the key difference could come when you show up one day, and they ask you to sign a new form…
One that SURRENDERS your basic right to go to court, should anything go wrong during your care.
These huge firms are no doubt worried that a single case with a MASSIVE jury award could bring down their entire house of cards.
So, they’re pushing “binding arbitration.”
That’ll lead to LOWER legal fees… SMALLER settlements… and usually TOTAL privacy, with secret settlements.
That way, there’s NO negative press… and you can’t even complain on Yelp!
Don’t get me wrong here -- lotsa jury awards are WAY, WAY, WAY outta control.
Who can forget that $3 million McDrive-Thru coffee case?!
But this push into corporate medicine… ENFORCED by binding arbitration… is STEALING your basic American rights.
And at literally EVERY age group.
In one horrific case, a stillborn baby’s death was blamed on malpractice…
But mom, dad and even the unborn baby had all WAIVED their legal rights during an earlier, happier visit.
So, it went to arbitration instead of medical malpractice court.
That’s just ONE example of a cradle-to-the-grave DESTRUCTION of your rights – but I’m not here to get political on you.
I’m here with what it means for your health… your safety… your care… and your treatment.
We all love our doctors. That’s why we stick with ’em.
But no matter how FOND you are of yours… THINK TWICE before signing ANY of these agreements.
Maybe you can’t imagine EVER needing to sue your doc for malpractice… but stuff happens.
And if not with the doc himself… then maybe with someone ELSE on the staff, who’d be protected by these blanket agreements, too.
Here’s my advice…
NEVER sign these things on the spot. Tell ’em you want time to think about it.
Take it home. Read it over. Speak to your family.
If you ever DO sign of these agreements… or if you already have… they’re NOT ALWAYS legally enforceable.
Patients don’t always know that… so they go into the arbitration.
But now that YOU know this dirty secret, you can talk to your OWN lawyer -- instead of being STRONG-ARMED by their corporate attorneys.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen
P.S. Last year, I shared with you how the mainstream medical industry has been COVERING for docs who shouldn’t be in business… yet are STILL practicing under the radar while SKIRTING discipline. Missed my email? Read all about it right here.