Physician-Murder: Death of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Slippery Slope of Legalized Euthanasia

Last week, I shared and commented on a disturbing report on efforts of lawmakers in the Netherlands to legalize, and effectively legitimize, euthanasia for healthy persons who reach the age of 75 years. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that another report has surfaced showing that more than 400 people in the Netherlands have been euthanized… without their consent.

This is murder. There is no doubt that the intentional taking of life without consent for any reason whatsoever is murder. Medical ethics and morality have no definition and no application in healthcare if they fail to protect those whose lives are terminated without their having been given opportunity to say, “No thank you… I think I’ll live today.” And the fear and danger of state-sanctioned euthanasia metastasizing into state-sanctioned murder is already realized.

At the core of this crisis are the physicians who made the decisions to terminate the lives of these 400+ patients. Such decision and act is a death-blow to physicians’ universal pledge of fidelity to uphold their patients’ interests and welfare above all else. It is a capitulation to the pressures of statism and to political correctness that relegates doctors to a lesser advocate of population over patient, resources over professional relationship, and medical economics over men and women. It is, in essence, the end of the Doctor-Patient Relationship as we’ve understood it for thousands of years.

The means through which healthcare is delivered each day to patients throughout the world is changing rapidly–mostly for the better–with improvements in technology and advancement in science. But there is neither need nor advantage in trying to improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship, the very core of medicine. It is pure and fragile, and cannot be improved. It can only be weakened, and eventually destroyed, and physician-murder is a darn good way to do it.

Michael J Lucherini MD MS
Summit Medicine and Pediatrics PLC

Dr. Lucherini is among the Pioneers in Direct Access Medicine® care. He specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and practices at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics in Mesa, AZ. His opinions expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his staff, his patients, or his colleagues.

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Open House: Summer 2017 Schedule

Is someone you know dealing with a health issue that they can’t seem to get the right treatment for? Do you know someone who has been dissatisfied with the level of service their doctor provides? Bring them to meet Dr. Mike so they can discuss their concerns and see how Direct Access Medicine® care can help. Our Open Houses are always informal, and there is no fee or obligation when you stop by.

Summer 2017 Open House Schedule: All Open Houses are held on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics.

  • July 1st, 2017
  • July 8th, 2017
  • July 15th, 2017
  • July 22nd, 2017
  • July 29th, 2017
  • August 5th, 2017
  • August 12th, 2017
  • August 19th, 2017
  • August 26th, 2017 NO OPEN HOUSE; DR. MIKE OUT-OF-TOWN
  • September 2nd, 2017 NO OPEN HOUSE; LABOR DAY WEEKEND
  • September 9th, 2017
  • September 16th, 2017
  • September 23rd, 2017
  • September 30th, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we celebrate Independence Day and join all patriotic Americans in wishing a very Happy Birthday to America!

The Flag

Michelle Selby

Red for the blood shed in the name of Freedom,
for which we fought,

Blue for the oceans of time we have crossed,
remaining the land of the free

White for the peace we wish to share,
all men created equal

Stars to remember those who fought throughout the night,
bravely for our land

Stripes to remind us of the lashings taken by the Prisoners of War
With a seal, in God we trust

We each are one of many, in which we stand united in Brotherhood

A symbol of Pride
A salute to those who died in the fight
A blanket to cover us in times of need

Waving high to show we are still here, undefeated
With honor you are presented to the world


God Bless America! — The Team at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics