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With the recent bombing in New York and subsequent shootout between police and the alleged bomber, the debate over the type healthcare given to suspected criminals has heated up. The Doctors weigh in on Donald Trump’s controversial stance.
“Today, we have caught this evil thug, who planted the bombs. Thank you law enforcement, thank you police. But the bad part, now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world. He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room and he’ll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is,” the Republican nominee recently said at a rally, as his supporters booed.
“I think what is disturbing to me as a none medical professional, if a person comes into the hospital, are you looking to see what nationality they are? Are you checking to see if they committed a crime? Aren’t you as doctors providing good medical care?” Attorney Areva Martin asks ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon.
Dr. Ordon is quick to say that optimal healthcare is the top priority of every doctor regardless of the patient or what they may have done.
“No, we treat everybody in the best, best possible way that we can and there are no exceptions,” he says.
Dr. Stork, who has seen plenty of criminals and their victims in the emergency room during his career, explains that at times it’s emotionally hard to turn a blind eye when someone has harmed another individual, stresses that “everyone receives the same care.”
“The reason I disagree with [Trump’s] comments, I think they are incendiary. I think our country is better than that,” he says.
Areva goes on to note that one of the fundamentals of our country is the right to due process of the law, saying, “Those are important protections under our law, so until he’s charged and convicted, treat him.”
Where do you stand on this controversial issue? Sound off below in the comments!