High-profile brain surgeon Charlie Teo has defended brain caricars up to $ 120,000 for potentially life-saving operations
Senior surgeon Charlie Teo has defended defenders of brain cancer patients who have paid more than $ 100,000 for his services.
Dr. Teo, a neurosurgeon based in Sydney, has earned his spurs in the past decade by accepting inoperable cases and giving brain cancer patients a second chance at life.
But his reputation came under fire when a colleague reported the & # 39; disturbing & # 39; amount of online fundraisers that were run by patients who could not afford his expertise.
Professor Henry Woo, a urologist at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, criticized the trend after a campaign was launched for a girl affected by cancer.
There is something seriously wrong when a terminally ill girl with a brain tumor has to raise $ 120,000 to undergo an operation that Dr. Charlie Teo has offered for $ 60-80K, & # 39; Woo tweeted.
& # 39; If it was a valid operation, it could / should be performed in the public system under Medicare. & # 39;
Sydney-based urologist Dr. Henry Woo (left) abused the idea that patients should crowd-fund their own health care systems, pointing to a girl who raised $ 150,000 for an operation with Dr. Teo (right)
The family of Amelia & # 39; Millie & # 39; Lucas (left), from Perth, raised more than $ 150,000 online, so she got Dr.'s operation. Could pay Teo for a malignant brain tumor. Her sister Tess, 15, (right) also has the same brain tumor disorder but has since received the all-clear
Professor Woo referred to the case of Perth girl Amelia & # 39; Millie & # 39; Luke 12, who came in the news last week after Dr. Teo said he would perform an open brain operation that could save her life.
Her family turned to GoFundMe and was able to raise more than $ 150,000 in 11 days for the potentially life-saving operation, exceeding the $ 100,000 target.
Professor Woo said he found it difficult to change Dr. Mantra. To reconcile Teo with & # 39; patients as your own family, but leave them financially destitute & # 39 ;.
Dr. Teo hit back Tuesday and acknowledged that Professor Woo had an & # 39; important issue & # 39; brought forward.
Professor Woo criticized Dr. Teo after a 12-year-old terminally ill girl was forced to raise $ 100,000 for her own brain surgery
Despite receiving a series of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy, Millie & # 39; s brain tumor has doubled in size within four months
& # 39; The difference between public and private (and the) costs of medicines should be discussed & he said ABC.
WHO IS CHARLIE TEO?
Charlie Teo is a Sydney based neurosurgeon and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
The doctor has received international media attention due to his reputation for & # 39; non-operable & # 39; or risky cases.
Dr. Charlie Teo
Teo has been praised for his practices, but has also been the subject of criticism of his & # 39; controversial methods & # 39; and for offering false hope to patients. & # 39;
Among his notable patients is Australian pianist Aaron McMillan, 30, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in 2001.
Dr. Teo successfully removed the tumor, but unfortunately came back two years later and in 2007 led to the death of McMillan.
Teo also dealt with 2UE radio station Stan Zemanek during his fight with glioblastoma in 2006.
Teo worked in the US for ten years after claiming he could not secure his work due to his & # 39; bad name in Australia & # 39 ;.
The surgeon has defended his methods by saying that he is willing to extend the lives of patients if they are not ready to give in to their illness.
& # 39; But what you have to remember is that of those $ 120,000 (charged for surgery), most people think it's all going to me, and that's not the case at all. & # 39;
He further explained that a large part of the operating allowance would go directly to the private hospital, while the rest would be divided among the various experts involved in the operation.
& # 39; For example, in the last $ 120,000 bill I received $ 8,000, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; It's not even a significant amount for me. & # 39;
Professor Woo's Tweets led to discussions about the ethics of charging patients about excessive health care reimbursements and the issue of public versus private institutions.
& # 39; The best surgeons exercise in the public sector where their decisions are peer-reviewed. It is always possible to operate 2 – the question becomes – is it safe and sensible. Our public sector pays a lot of care to a serious illness. No doctor's afternoon is worth $ 60,000 & # 39 ;, tweeted one person.
Professor Woo, however, replied that there is adequate medical care in both sectors, but patients need to be better informed about reimbursements.
Dr. Teo has talked about his motivation to perform risky procedures in the past, claiming that he is willing to give people more time to live rather than sentencing them to death.
In 2001, he successfully removed a brain tumor from pianist Aaron McMillan, who had been diagnosed with hemangiopericytoma. The McMillan tumor unfortunately returned two years later and died in 2007.
Government-funded cancer treatment was the subject of debate during the federal elections. Labor leader Bill Shorten promised to reduce the cancer costs that cancer patients owe.
Dr. Teo was not available for comment when contacting Daily Mail Australia.
In a series of tweets, Dr. Woo the doctor for leaving patients & # 39; financially destitute & # 39;
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