e-mails to Bi-Polar patient reveal that Quebec doctor used treatment sessions to solicit (and receive) funds for his investment group

These kinds of things happen to other people is the lament that is usually voiced by the victims of crime while in a state of disbelief or shock that something so bad could happen to them.

I have to admit that with more than 400 radio shows under my belt, 3 books and in excess of 2,000 articles and blog posts published, I have covered some of the most incredible and emotionally moving stories involving individuals with whom I have come to empathize and ultimately – at least in many situations, understand and respect.

However, and not to detract from the hours upon hours of research that I have and will continue to invest in order to better understand a story or event that I am covering, nothing prepares you for the emotional impact on a personal level when you suddenly find yourself on the other side of the interviewers mike sharing a life event that leaves you both bewildered and quite frankly hurt because of the actions of another human being.

It is even more difficult when you see the compounded effect that is felt by a loved one who has fallen prey to a trusted professional who, charged with providing care neglects this responsibility, for inexplicable reasons, resulting in a very real threat to life itself.  I will discuss the specifics of this particular situation shortly.

However, against this backdrop of a personal and private angst, I prepared as I always do for this Friday’s BTW! segment “Poor Health: How Quebec’s System Is Failing Its Citizens.”

For those who are regular listeners you already know that this means that the questions I will be asking of renown health care expert and author Jeff Knott will be based on my usually thorough research which includes references to studies such as the 2011 National Report on Health Care.  While we will be touching on many key areas, one of the main questions we will be seeking to answer is whether or not socialized medicine is still a viable model.  This last point takes on particular relevancy in that the aforementioned 2011 report card indicated that there is a growing national discontentment with the quality of our healthcare system.

What is even more interesting, and on a regional level, 43% of those who live in Quebec feel that the services they receive have actually gotten worse since the 2004 Provincial Accord was signed, which is second only to BC where 51% have lamented the decline in that province’s services.

It is not unreasonable to conclude that a big part of the problem is the paucity of qualified health care professionals, as cited in the February 24th, 2011 CTV Special Report titled “Desperately Seeking Doctors.”   This would undoubtedly include the questionable competency and conduct of some health care professionals . . . which brings us back to today’s post’s opening paragraphs.

As you will note from a copy of just one of the 259 e-mails Dr. Jacques Roy sent to a patient he was treating for Bipolar Disorder before she finally blocked him, it is beyond comprehension that he would use their treatment sessions to talk about his Medicus investment group ultimately soliciting funds from her by way of check,  as well as talking about how he employs a personal shopper to buy his clothes and the pending renovations to his condo.

Just one of the 259 e-mails Dr. Jacques Roy sent to his patient about investment group before being blocked

Normally I would be both shocked and disgusted by such a violation of patient trust.  The fact that the patient was my significant other and that his total disregard for ethical conduct almost cost her her life obviously takes this to a whole new level.

While we will be pursuing a civil remedy through the courts I am left to wonder how many other patients with whom this doctor came into contact suffered a similar fate but, without the resources and credible track record relative to covering at times complex current world events, were left to deal with the effects in obfuscated silence.

This latter point is one of the main reasons why I, with the full support of my partner, have chosen to go public.  Today, and as a result of receiving the proper care through our Ontario-based GP and the assignment of a new CLSC counselor, my partner is doing much better.

The bigger question beyond this personal family experience is simply this . . . in a pay for care system would doctors such as Jacques Roy be allowed to practice and would the level of care received improve.

Certainly Maggie Reese author of the book Runaway Mind, which tracks her personal journey as a Bipolar Disorder sufferer, would tend to support the premise that you ultimately get what you pay for as demonstrated by the differences in the level of care she received from a general hospital as opposed to the care she received at Standford at a cost of $7000 per day.

Remember to use the following link to tune into both the LIVE and on-demand broadcast “Poor Health: How Quebec’s System Is Failing Its Citizens” at 9:00 PM EST across the Blog Talk Radio Network.

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