MRFF Gets Swift Justice and Life-Saving Healthcare for Veteran Retaliated Against for Objecting to Proselytizing by VA Doctor

Published On: August 21, 2022|Categories: Featured News|2 Comments|
MRFF client Gary Rinsem seated in wheelchair giving the thumbs up sign

After complaining to the Phoenix VA about his primary care physician’s incessant religious proselytizing during appointments, phone calls, and in emails, Navy veteran Gary Rinsem, who has a life-threatening medical condition, was egregiously retaliated against, including being told that he would have to wait a month and a half to be assigned a new primary care physician and at least another month longer than that to get an appointment – a length of time that could have literally been a death sentence.

When his attempts to receive essential, proselytizing-free medical care by contacting the VA facility’s Patient Advocate failed, Gary turned to MRFF, and now has an appointment with a new doctor scheduled for Sept 12.

In an email thanking MRFF, Gary wrote:

“In only hours Mikey did what I couldn’t do in years. … 

“… A couple days later and guess what? Every mutant monster bulldog below fifty feet tall, has fled the state in fear of Mikey.

“What’s that mean? I just got a phone call from the Phoenix VA. Nobody will ever say they’re sorry for the wrongdoing, but they have their tails between their legs so far that it’s blocking their vision… as they run from my 100 foot bulldog buddy.

“He stopped the abuser and the people pulling their whistleblower retribution crap. …”

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  1. Grey One Talks Sass August 22, 2022 at 2:33 am

    I found this incident on another website. At first I was thinking this sounded like something the MRFF would address, read a bit further and discovered Mikey was all over it. Of course he is. He’s Mikey.

    That doctor needs to address some uncomfortable questions such as isn’t a doctors first and overall guiding oath First, to do no harm?

    That doc and their entire team threw out their medical oath to promote their theocratic nonsense. Shame on them.

    I’m glad this worked out for the client but I wonder how many others have been treated the same way? This could be the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Ironmoped August 22, 2022 at 5:07 am

    I’m wondering why Gary is completely reliant on the VA for his healthcare needs. It would seem he should be eligible for Medicare as well, although Medicare doesn’t cover the full cost and, admittedly, I don’t know enough about his situation to really have a good opinion.

    But I do know that Christians think that it’s OK to share their delusions with everyone they meet. In this case, he (the doctor), should, at minimum, receive a written reprimand and told to focus on caring for his patients. If all it took was prayer to the Christian God, then we wouldn’t need physicians!

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