The days of keeping an old fashioned, effective medical practice are apparently over. Dr. Anna Konopka of New Hampshire has had her medical license revoked after she refused to put all her patient’s information in the national registry. The 84-year-old physician has a loyal following among the New London community and surrounding towns because she does not over medicate patients and treats anyone.
Apparently though, that’s grounds for her license to be revoked according to Assistant Attorney General Lyn Cusack. She claims that Konopka’s request to have her license reinstated, after she was forced to surrender it, should be denied.
The reason stems from the Polish immigrant’s rejection of a computer system for her office. Standing in front of her filing cabinets, holding manila folders, she explained that her system has always worked fine.
She explained, “The problem now is that I am not doing certain things on computer. I have to learn that. It is time consuming. I have no time,” she added.
The New Hampshire Board of Medicine rejects her form of record keeping because it does not comply with state law concerning the mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. It’s used to prevent over prescribing of opioids.
Her 160-year-old office building works fine for her needs and her patients, but a complaint registered concerning a 7-year-old asthma patient drew the attention of the Board. The parent claimed that she didn’t prescribe daily steroids, but Konopka explained that her instructions weren’t carried out and nothing she prescribed harmed the boy in any way. Something that even the accusers admit.
People love her because she actually sees them on time and provides a personal touch that is lacking in today’s medical industry. She also attracts patients who can’t afford the high health costs created by Obamacare, taking patients as long as they have $50.
“I’m interested in helping people. I didn’t go to medicine for money, and I didn’t make money,” she said, adding that she works alone and can’t afford things like an administrative assistant or a nurse.
Scores of patients have written personal letters to the Board and some attended Friday’s hearing. However, four more complaints were filed against her, although the exact situation hasn’t been explained. No one knows if these are liberals looking to destroy the practice of a woman who won’t get a computer for her office.
“It stinks, but you have to find a new doctor, and it’s a rat race,” said Stanley Wright, who saw her for his chronic back pain. “The doctor I had before was over-medicating me, and she gives me a lot of herbal stuff and I was doing a lot better. Now, I’m back to being screwed. I don’t know what to do.”
At the hearing, Dr. Konopka said, “If I close my office, they will be without medical care. Some of them need medications. Who will prescribe for them if I don’t have a license? I worry what will happen to them.”
The judge did not issue a ruling on Friday, but for now, Konopka is without her license. Her ongoing battle to retain her license to practice seems ridiculous. Although it is vital to ensure that physicians are qualified to practice, shutting down a needed operation because of the lack of a computer is supremely arrogant.
It seems as if the push to ensure all medical records are available online to whoever would like to view them is going strong. The situation with this caring physician highlights the illusion of privacy in America and the government’s bent to have a full registration on every single person. Many people are outraged over the treatment Konopka has been given and hope that her practice will be back up and running soon.