Posted November 08, 2018 07:00:00A doctor who had been the highest paid doctor in the Australian Capital Territory has been paid more than $18m for his cancer diagnosis and surgery, despite having no previous medical training.
The Dr David Lyle and Dr Andrew Jager, from Sydney, were both diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
The doctor had no previous experience in surgery and was initially told by a primary care doctor that he was not fit for the role, but was eventually recommended to the family doctor, who had a reputation for being the highest-paid doctor in his field.
“I was really upset, because I had no experience and no qualifications and that was the biggest mistake that I made,” Dr Lyle told the ABC.
“The family doctor had a long history of doing this and I did not know any better, but I was told by the family GP that I was not qualified to do that.”
So the next thing I know, I’m in hospital and have no idea what I’m going to be doing with my life.
“Dr Lyle, who was treated by a radiologist, had no other experience in medicine and was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer.”
There was nothing that was particularly exciting or novel about this,” he said.”
This was a fairly standard type of prostate cancer and I was just expecting to have a few weeks or a few months off, but in reality I had just undergone surgery and I had to wait for a week or so before I could go back into hospital and get back into work.
“It was very stressful.”
We had to go back to hospital in a very intensive manner, but it was a great experience and I’m so grateful for that.
“Dr Jager said he was shocked and frustrated by the payout.”
After a few days in hospital I started getting a lot of emails from the patients,” he told the station.”
Some of the emails were quite angry, some of them were quite supportive and others were very supportive, and I thought that was really encouraging.
“They were very happy that it was an opportunity to help the patient, but they also said that they didn’t know that they were being paid that much money.”
One person sent me a message saying ‘I thought you were a midwife, what have I done wrong?’
“The decision was made to move to a different hospital for treatment, but Dr Jager was still not paid.”
That was a very difficult decision, and it took a lot out of me because I was so excited about the prospect of having my tumour removed,” he explained.”
But I also realised that it didn’t feel good to just walk out of that hospital and go home.
“And the other thing is that I’m still paying for that surgery and the cost of the surgery.”‘
They made me feel really guilty’Dr Lacey said he would not recommend another family doctor for the position.
“Because I was the highest rated and had the best reputation, the family physician would feel that they could get away with it,” he added.
“As it turns out, they made me believe that I wasn’t qualified to be in that role, and that I should have been working elsewhere.”
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