Dr Oz needs to erase his internet history, it’s just too embarrassing

This could easily evolve into a Daily Dr Oz Gaffe. So much material!

First problem: taking medical advice from a quack.

Second problem: thinking a 15-minute physical could do anything. Physicals are a diagnostic tool, they’re only cheap if they find nothing obviously wrong.

Third problem: who is going to do these physicals? They’re not going to be cheap if they require a highly trained doctor to carry them out. They’re not going to be good if they farm them out to volunteers.

Fourth problem: “festival-like atmosphere”? If I have a health problem, I don’t want to go to a festival. I want it fixed.

Fifth problem: People don’t have a right to health? That promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence was a lie, then. How nice that the Constitution promised us big guns instead.

This is a nothing solution that will only appeal to Republicans who will fixate on the word “cheap”.


  1. strangerinastrangeland says

    Maybe with the “festival-like atmosphere” he means a kind of Hunger Games where people without insurance fight each other for a chance to get medical treatment? That would be a proposal that fits the Republican mindset.

  2. johnniefurious says

    Unfortunately, the Declaration isn’t a legally binding document for domestic policy.

    The Constitution is, though, even the Preamble, where it says (right after that “provide for the common defense” they love so much) “promote the general welfare”.

    I would think health care should fall under that.

  3. billseymour says

    … Republicans who will fixate on the word “cheap”.

    Well, sort of:  “cheap” is good as long as it applies only to “those people”.

  4. raven says

    …“a way of crawling back out of the abyss” with “15-minute physicals” provided by the government

    After the 15 minute physical finds things wrong with you, then what?

    You still need health care and drugs that you couldn’t pay for before and can’t pay for afterwards.

    That 15 minute physical isn’t going to be all that useful anyway. It’s worth checking blood pressures. For common risk factors like type 2 diabetes, and liver and kidney function, you really need to take a blood sample and run the tests. And, those cost money, not a lot but it is significant if you are screening millions of people.

  5. JoeBuddha says

    “Can’t you just feel the compassion just oozing from Oz?”
    Actually, that’s just the snake oil…

  6. lanir says

    Sounds like a fantastic position to take for someone applying to be headman of a medieval village.

  7. anat says

    raven @5:

    After the 15 minute physical finds things wrong with you, then what?

    Then you get a recording of Oz saying things like: ‘If you ever ate a vegetable you wouldn’t have had…. ‘ etc.

  8. mightybigcar says

    Obviously, Oz has never had a medical emergency, and from his attitude I suspect he may never have actually treated a patient. His alleged specialty (cardiothoracic surgery) involves operations taking from 4 to 12 hours. I can just picture this happening in a “festival like setting”.

    Intake: “What’s you’re issue?”
    Patient: “gasp chest pains groan pain in my left arm gasp
    Intake: “OK, go over there and get your EKG, maybe an x-ray, and some blood work done.”
    [15 minutes later]
    Intake: “OK, you’re having a heart attack. Triple bypass surgery will be required. But your 15 minutes for this festival is used up. We’ll be passing through town again in a month, and can get started on the bypass then. We’ll have to do it in increments, of course, but it should only take two years or so to complete.”

  9. ANB says

    It’s likely he meant to say “no right to health [care]” but that’s irrelevant.

    I can’t wait to see what the Fetterman campaign does with this!

  10. mightybigcar says

    Dammit! Just noticed an autocorrectypo of “you’re” for “your”, but can’t find a way to edit (or even reply) to my original comment. Grumble.

  11. EvoMonkey says

    15 minutes?! I work at a large college of medicine and just asked the closest physician to me. Her reply was that a physical exam of a healthy 20 – 30 year old should take about 45 minutes!

  12. EvoMonkey says

    And she added that is just the beginning. It takes another 15 – 30 minutes to document the exam in the EHR system.

  13. says

    I’ve been surprised that Fetterman hasn’t been going after Oz on the hydroxychloroquine. That was a violation of medical ethics. Has Oz had his license to practice revoked? We now know Oz was making money off promoting a false cure – he ought to be easy to attack.

  14. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 16

    As far as I can tell, Fetterman has remained quiet on Oz’s well-known quackery. I suppose he thinks that’s a fight he can’t win, and knowing the stupid credulity of Americans, he’s probably right. Better to go after Oz on economic issues than try to go toe-to-toe with an experienced snake oil salesman who has an actual medical degree.

  15. consciousness razor says

    Dr. Oz said the uninsured “don’t have the right to health,” but should be given “a way of crawling back out of the abyss” with “15-minute physicals”

    He’s involving the government, even though he believes there is no such right? Seems like a good indicator that he believes in blowing money on frivolous horseshit that only benefits himself or his donors, not in fiscal responsibility or whatever…. So, he’s a normal, lying hypocrite like the rest of them and would be a fine addition to his party.

    provided by the government “in a festival like setting.”

    It should be part jazz fest, part testicle festival and part UFO festival — you know, in order to attract a fairly wide audience and to make it super American. Also, have it on election day, so they won’t have to deal with so many pesky voters showing up at the polls, specifically the poors who want the free exam (even if a 15 minute one may not be very helpful).

  16. says

    This could easily evolve into a Daily Dr Oz Gaffe. So much material!

    That said, I was not as onboard with the Dr. Oz bashing for yesterday’s “gaffe” of him being OK with people having sex with their second cousin. As long as people understand the genetic risks their offspring may face, then what’s the problem? (And if they don’t even want biological children…same question.) Glad to see I’m not the only one.

  17. mikeschmitz says

    He probably meant “festival seating.” Physical exam as a spectator sport. That way they can actually make money at it, instead of spending it.

  18. Alt-X says

    “They don’t have a right to health, they have a right to access- a right to- get the chance to get health.”

    WTF lol!