Dr. George is a 1996 graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center — Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Fort Worth, Texas. A native Texan, he moved to Erie, Pennsylvania to complete his three-year Family Practice residency program at Millcreek Community Hospital. He moved to Oregon in 1999 and has been practicing in Roseburg and the Southern Oregon region since 2004. He was appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana for the State of Oregon from 2006-2009 and helped draft the City of Roseburg’s rules for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Heather and Samantha are his medical assistants and Terry is his office assistant. Each of them can answer most of your questions and will do their best to assist you with whatever you need.
Dr. George does not have an official ongoing relationship with the VA or CHI Mercy – Mercy Medical Center despite what some other websites might say. Dr. George sees plenty of veterans for chronic pain management and medical marijuana services. However, Mercy Medical Center actively discriminates against Dr. George and his patients by routinely failing to send medical records after emergency room visits, admissions, discharges, surgeries, etc. They don’t care about timely follow-ups and more, even when it was recommended by their medical staff. This contributes to delays in patient care.
Mercy Medical Center refuses to let patients seeking a new primary care provider or a pain management provider know that Dr. George is accepting new patients. They would rather have chronic pain patients suffer, knowing that almost no one locally will accept them into their practices, thus forcing them to drive to Eugene or Medford for care. In our opinion and that of many of our patients, Mercy basically provides “No mercy,” and now with their buyout by Dignity Health, we can also say they provide “No dignity.”
Mercy Medical Center and DCIPA (Douglas County Independent Practice Association), basically representing the majority of medical providers in Roseburg, refuse to treat most chronic pain patients and refuse to acknowledge the benefits of medical marijuana. Their offices routinely deny services for chronic pain and they refuse to refer you out of the area if it will cost their insurance services more money. They don’t care about the quality of your life or your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. They only care about their bank balances and whether you are costing them money. Their mantra is “No care for them (patients) means more money for us (providers).”
Just look at the recent $74 million OHP fiasco. DCIPA has routinely given out $5,000-$15,000+ yearly bonuses to its local providers for the last several years. At a couple hundred provider members, that equals out to over a million dollars a year that could have paid for your treatments, medications, surgeries, etc. but didn’t; it paid for their vacations, new cars, etc. That’s tax payer money that was meant for health care being used to subsidize providers denying patients care.
And to top it off, they don’t want the public to know what they are planning and how they spend your money. They fight to keep their meetings closed to the public, so much so that the Oregon legislature has tried to make laws requiring their meetings to become open to the public. But guess what? The law always seems to fail. They just spent your health care money buying off those votes.
I have started placing comments about the various problems I have seen within the local and state medical community on this website’s blog section. Feel free to read about these problems and the fact that no one in positions of power cares about these abuses. It’s all about the money.