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Promised appeal was more of a sales pitch | Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2014 · Updated 9:39 AM


My wife and I are one of the hundreds of families affected by the Navy’s pronouncement that we will no longer be able to see the primary care providers we have seen for years, if not decades.

My former physician and I have developed a level of communication and intimacy over the years that cannot be replicated by a doctor who knows nothing about me and who may or may not be around the next time I need care.

We were told there was a process by which we could appeal this decision.

We filled out the proper form and were told by telephone our request was denied, but that we could appeal the decision by meeting with the commanding officer of the hospital.

An appointment was made and we arrived at the hospital.

What my wife and I believed was a chance to appeal the decision turned into a sales pitch.

It had nothing to do with listening to us.

His mind was made up before we arrived. Case dismissed. Denied.

He had no interest in our case.

I cannot imagine or understand the Navy putting in place a doctor of medicine who commands and makes decisions for hundreds but cares less for the people entrusted to his care.

Ron and Mary Hewitt

Oak Harbor


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