Quincy M.E.: Season 5, Episode 10

For the Benefit of My Patients (22 Nov. 1979)

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After two patients with low income die unnecessarily, Quincy is driven to change the policy of a private hospital that does not treat patients who cannot pay for the services provided.

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Dr. Dan Varney (as George Deloy)
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Dr. Chet Rawlings
Virginia Paris ...
Dr. Toni Nunez (as Gina Alvardo)
Beverly Sanders ...
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Frankie (as Gary Cervantes)
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Jorge
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Mando
Ryan MacDonald ...
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After two patients with low income die unnecessarily, Quincy is driven to change the policy of a private hospital that does not treat patients who cannot pay for the services provided.

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Crusading Dr. Quincy
9 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In "For The Benefit Of My Patients", Dr. Quincy takes on a private hospital--not just because of their VERY questionable ethics that led to some unnecessary deaths but because the place was staffed with incompetents. The show begins with an autopsy--an autopsy done on a man who arrived at a local private hospital but who was transferred to the public hospital--even though he was stable enough for this transfer. In other words, because the patient was a street person and could not pay, they dumped him out of their emergency room to the state run hospital to save money! When Quincy visits this the hospital, he witnesses the same thing happening again--a man bleeding to death is rejected by this for profit hospital and he bled to death on the way to the public hospital. Not surprisingly, Quincy becomes enraged and begins fighting this hospital with all his might. However, his crusade takes on added urgency when he learns that this same for profit hospital is planning on expanding and buying up other hospitals--something he CAN'T allow to happen.

Although this is yet another soap box episode, it's a little better than most. The plot is engaging and Quincy's crusade seems a little more reasonable than most. Interesting and worth seeing.


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