Yves here. While whistleblower Dr. Ming Lin has secured employment while pursuing damage claims against the hospital system and his immediate private equity employer, TeamHealth, for terminating him for speaking out against poor Covid procedures, it’s the medical version of exile to Siberia. Lin is now working in Rosebud, South Dakota for the Lakota, at least an 18 hours drive from his home. Even though Native American nations deserve first class care, the reality is that reservations by design are isolated and usually poor, and therefore have difficulty attracting and keeping qualified professionals. Dr. Lin has likely left his family behind.
By Lynn Parramore, a Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website
When the pandemic unleashed its deadly havoc on the world, Dr. Ming Lin was an emergency physician at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington — a frontline hero in the battle against coronavirus. But soon he saw that safety measures were not enough to keep either his patients orthe hospital staff safe.
In March, Lin went public with his concerns on Facebook. Soon after, in a move that has been widely condemned, he was terminated from a position he had held for 17 years. The signalto frontline health workers across America was unmistakable: Speak out about safety and you risk your job.
TeamHealth, a corporation owned by the private equity company the Blackstone Group, which contracts with hospitals to staff emergency rooms, offered to find Lin a new position in another state,