Dr. Charlie Teo defends expensive fees for operations and slams at public hospitals for being non-supportive
The controversial brain surgeon Charlie Teo brutally struck public hospitals because they & # 39; are not willing to learn his technique & # 39; amid increasing criticism of his $ 120,000 procedures.
Over the past decade, the physician living in Sydney has taken what other doctors considered unusable and offered 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.
Dr. Teo, he kicked back and claimed that NSW Health told him it would have violated his budget if it had allowed him to operate in the public system, The Australian reported.
He said the organization has refused to acknowledge that in some cases it has offered a different level of competence.
Dr. Teo, who claims to have performed 11,000 surgeries, said that neurosurgeons simply felt intimidated by him and then refused to support him.
A controversial brain surgeon has thrown public hospitals because he has not accepted his technique, because he is defending hundreds of thousands of dollars for surgery (photo, Dr. Charlie Teo)
Sydney-based physician Charlie Teo has come under fire by charging patients up to $ 120,000 for high-stakes operations
& # 39; Am I as good as people say I am?
& # 39; If you talk to a neurosurgeon in Australia, they will say it's all nonsense … so why am I being praised and seduced by the best hospitals abroad? & # 39;
He said that if doctors would formally invite him to operate in the public system, he would like to ensure that his patients would not be left out of the bag.
& # 39; It is all these ego & # 39; s from doctors who are not willing to say: & # 39; Oh, this person is doing better or the hospital is doing better or that unit is doing better & # 39;, & # 39; said Dr. Teo.
He told Sky News that he had picked up work all over the world, although he had found a different attitude in Australia.
& # 39; I have similar agreements everywhere to & # 39; the world's most difficult tumors and yet no one in Australia is willing to invite me to their hospital to learn my technique. I mean, there's something going on there. & # 39;
Dr. Teo first came to the attention after a colleague mentioned 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, had no fewer than 113 GoFundMe campaigns launched by patients to fund the operations.
Professor Woo pointed in particular to a campaign 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;
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 Henry Woo, a urologist at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, had no fewer than 113 GoFundMe campaigns launched by patients to fund the operations
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
& # 39; The difference between public and private (and the) costs of medicines should be discussed & he said ABC.
& # 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.
RACS executive director of surgical affairs John Quinn took the idea that patients should raise funds for operations that were already available in the public system.
He called for guided financial decisions and reminded patients that it was misleading to believe that a higher fee was always accompanied by better service.
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 hit back Tuesday and acknowledged that Professor Woo had an & # 39; important issue & # 39; brought forward
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.
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