Well time for a little update on yesterday’s post because I found some additional information. To begin with, it looks like TVR did send a camera crew down to the hospital to get some footage and do (slightly) some more follow-up so bravo to them at least for that (the other networks did nothing more than mention the original article).
TVR also interviewed Alison Mutler, whom you can see below completely butchering the Romanian language LMFAO (she’s been here 20 fucking years!!):
An interesting fact from the good doctor himself is that he is flying these babies to Romanian doctors who work in these other countries. What?? Unless I’m completely wrong it seems like he is saying that for four years now he has been paid (by the Romanian government) at roughly “10 times” the price to fly these infants to Italy, Germany and Austria so they can get surgical care from ethnic Romanian doctors who work for those country’s governments (public doctors).
Now does that seem fishy to you? Are there no Italian doctors in Italy who do neonatal surgery? Sounds to me like Ye Olde Heroic Doctor found himself a comfortable little situation where he gets his own government to fly him to nice countries so he can hang around with his Romanian doctor pals (and I bet you 1 million bucks the ones doing the operations in Italy etc are his old friends from medical school). Complaining about the medical system here is just icing on the cake for him.
I also noticed that the Heroic Doctor is also the head of what in English we would call NICU or neonatal intensive care unit. I saw zero mention of his two doctor colleagues. But this guy is the head of the unit so who is authorizing these (10 times the price) operations in other countries? Is he himself the one who is doing it? In other words, as chief of the department is he in essence stamping the paperwork to bill the Romanian government to fly these babies to Italy or wherever? And all of this so that the work can be done by his Romanian colleagues, who theoretically get no kickback of any kind from this?
Frankly on a personal level I don’t like the fact that this supposed “lonely crusade” heroic doctor cannot even face the camera when he’s being interviewed. Here is his big chance to be on TV to talk about the systemic problems in public healthcare in Romania (which are real) and he’s off looking over to the side like there’s a football match that’s more interesting.
Meanwhile in totally unrelated news, I found this story (Romanian) about how many Serbians are coming to Romania to get surgery because the price is so much better. What? I thought Romania’s medical system was a total failure. Oh oops, looks like it’s far better than in Serbia and “four times” cheaper than in Hungary. And don’t tell me some poor Serbians are bribing the doctors in Romania for these operations either because that makes zero sense. Nope, looks like they’re getting top quality surgery and it’s being paid for the normal way – from the government healthcare system.