Many celebrities choose to use their fame and fortune to improve their health, whether that’s through better quality healthcare or through elective surgeries. As Page Six magazine outlines, many such celebrities have been negatively impacted – sometimes severely – by doctors who have acted in a negligent or malicious fashion. Stories of film and TV stars being on the receiving end of poor quality medical work are far too common in modern society, but they do offer a little bit of guidance for everyday people who want to protect themselves – just like the stars do.
How it happens
Medical malpractice isn’t just when surgery goes wrong. It can cover a range of complaints and incidents, ranging from – as highlighted – surgical operations with poor outcomes, through to the mis-prescription of medicine to patients. The latter has come into stark focus in the past. Michael Jackson’s death wasn’t without controversy over the medicine he had been provided, and, more recently, USA Today reports that singer Chris Cornell’s family have pursued legal action after what they felt had been negligence on the part of his prescribing doctor. The fact is that money can get you places in the USA, and when it comes to healthcare, it takes a dedicated patient-physician relationship to prevent drug abuse and over-pressuring for certain treatments.
Becoming more common
These incidents aren’t isolated. According to posts made in Latin celebrity magazine Hola!, Scarlet Ortiz, star of I Am Betty, The Ugly One – often considered the most popular soap drama in the world – medical negligence nearly caused her serious injury following a diagnosis of coronavirus. What this also shows is how doctors are somehow ill prepared and, in the worst cases, unwilling, when it comes to new conditions – like COVID and its related strains. While it’s understandable that doctors will struggle to deal with rapid changes in the care they need to provide, and the conditions they need to recognize, it’s arguable that they must always act in the best interests of patients – whether they’re big-screen stars or everyday people.
This is causing a change in rights all across the USA. Business news outlet Bloomberg notes how many doctors are now obliging customers to sign all-encompassing agreements, prior to treatment, that sign away many of their rights as it concerns pursuing legal action over malpractice or mistreatment. This is worrying for everyday patients, who might not have the resources or connections to obtain proper legal help and find a way to find justice for what they’ve undergone. It’s important that awareness is built for members of the public, and the advocacy and work conducted by cinema and TV stars is crucial.
Medical malpractice is nevertheless fairly rare. Most doctors want to do a good job – it’s just a select few who are under pressure and end up harming patients. Celebrities are not immune from this, either, and have led the way in helping ordinary people to stand up.
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