Dr. Andy

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Come Do Some Time with Us

So goes an advertisement for medical professionals to work for a company specializing in prison health care, according to a disturbing story in the New York Times

As the story points out, who the hell is going to work as a doctor or nurse in a prison. The pay, I assume, is probably crappy, the prestige negative and the population about the worst you could imagine, even neglecting the high prevalence of borderline personality disorder (think sociopath).

Except for the odd deeply religious individual who sees prison work as his ministry, the medical profesisonals these companies recruit are likely to be the bottom of the barrel.

Nonetheless, the examples of care provided in this article are horrendous. Of course, prisoners probably don't make very good plaintiffs in malpractice suits, so the companies can get by with substandard care and not give too much back in malpractice.


At 6:54 PM, Blogger Doc NOS said...

Can I tell you the story of one of my patient's husbands who was also a prison doctor. He was one of those cheerful guys who would have been singing along at the end of Life of Brian. He told me it was the best job he ever had (he'd since left to do something else in sports med) and that I should consider getting into it.

btw, excellent blog. I'm just clicking around here and enjoying.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Dr. Andy said...

I didn't mean to imply that all prison docs were bad. I just thing that most of the good ones probably see it, in one way or another, as a calling, and that there aren't enough of those to go around.

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