As has become the custom, Wayne has replied to the last post in this series, via email. It’s worth reminding yourself of the last post and the one previous to that. I’ve been accustom to breaking his emails apart. This makes is easier for me to reply to his points and I hope easier for you to see how I address them.
I’ve not done that this time and I’ll explain why after you’ve read his latest email.
I read your commentary on the questions I answered for you. So there is no confusion, my job is not to tell you what you obviously want to hear, but to tell you what the clinics answers to your questions are.
You asked about insurance covering treatment at the Burzynski clinic. Despite my answer you make the following statement to your readers.
‘Almost no insurance company covers treatment offered by the Burzyński Clinic’.
When I see the word ‘ almost’ I see a recognition that in fact some insurance companies do cover treatment. I didn’t provide a guarantee, and I told you the clinic would help patients who requested it to communicate with their insurance companies. In this country, any one deciding on a treatment, or a surgery, should evaluate how their insurance company will cover it, if at all. I know it pains you, but let us agree that some insurance companies cover related costs and leave it at that.
You also continue to focus on clinical trials, when I have told you, more than once, that the vast majority of patients at the clinic are NOT involved in clinical trials. That is why I suggested we focus on the clinical trial.
You asked me about HIV even though you knew the answer, and just wanted to use my accurate response to bring up some old dispute the clinic had with the medical board. In the interest of fairness, you should also tell your readers that the Texas Medical Board has dismissed it’s only complaint, and that your readers can examine Dr. Burzynski and fellow physicians records for themselves . In Texas , patients can see if a doctor has ANY malpractice claims in recent years. Check it out. Report it.
The clinic is busy analyzing data, seeking publishing, and abiding my recommendations from the FDA that it does not discuss the results of its clinical trials. If you get written permission from the FDA to do otherwise, please let me know, and I will ask the clinic to respond.
I am sorry you feel our week long relationship is at an impasse. I have responded to every question you asked, and I am getting the impression you are getting frustrated because the answers do not fit your agenda. Can’t help you.
Wayne is right, I am frustrated. But not for the reasons he would like to imagine. Wayne has ignored or just not responded to my counterpoints in my previous posts. He continues in his refusal to acknowledge my honest and comprehensive approach to many matters because they introduce an adverse effect, either to him personally or in his professional capacity. This is intellectually dishonest and shows a failure to apply any standard of rational evaluation. It saddens me that this well known local celebrity appears to have put his professional allegiances ahead of his moral and journalistic ones.
Also, he has continued to shift the burden of evidence to me. This is a failure in basic logic and underlines the ideological approach being taken. I have on two separate occasions explained to Wayne the FDA rules regarding information about trials. Also, if the clinic were so interested in making their data available, they would have contacted the FDA regarding this themselves. This is not my responsibility.
You’ll also note that a made a concession regarding insurance coverage. This was as a matter of honesty. I was unable to say with any certainty that there are no insurance companies that cover any part of any bills from the Burzyński Clinic. My honesty was completely picked apart as an admission of my inaccuracies, but completely missed the actually point of the initial question. Patients have repeatedly been deceived about costs and insurance coverage. I implore you to read the cases listed on The Other Burzyński Patient Group’s website. Read the words of patients of the clinic and about insurance and drugs added to their prescriptions.
Its seems clear that Wayne has been tasked with ignoring the past and only talking about the present and future. While the clinic continues to pursue an unproven alternative modality, based on over 30 years of anecdote and feeble data, the past will not go away. Patients and perspective patients continue to be at risk.
As Wayne has shown a clear inability towards an open dialogue, I see no further value in talking with him.