"One vice president warned Barbetta not to "give me any of that ethics crap," court documents state."
Nephrologists, instead of speaking out against a duplicitous corporate culture, will continue to do business with DaVita. None dares to criticize Kent Thiry. His leadership enables nephrologists to continue to practice the kind of dialysis care they want to practice, despite the patients' dismal life outcomes. Without such criticism and demands for change, the vast majority of patients will continue to have poor life outcomes and will be enslaved in clinics to a life called dialysis.
When will nephrology and dialysis care professionals see DaVita as the Department of Justice sees them: an organization focused on enriching its upper echelons by exploiting vulnerable patients. The DaVita team does not include patients.
And when will patient group leaders finally speak out against these behaviors — instead of selling out, enriching themselves, and betraying patients?
This is an industry that long ago fell down the slippery slope of questionable medical ethics. Now, nearly everyone involved in this industry is heavily invested in maintaining an inherently corrupt and perverse form of medicine... and in supporting Kent Thiry. How can patients win?
Considering that virtually no nephrologists would accept the standardized dialysis care that over 85% of their patients receive, nephrologists should be considered among the least
trusted and least honest physicians of all.