Lots of hospital medical drama and battling against bureaucracy
For the Benefit of My Patients begins as an injured man with no health insurance is brought into a private hospital for treatment. The young attending physician, Dr. Dan Varney (George DelHoyo), wants to keep the patient for treatment as he is very concerned about his condition, but a hospital administrator orders the man transferred to the county hospital where he dies en route. Quincy (Jack Klugman) later conducts the autopsy and is furious when he learns of the chain of events leading up to the death which he believes was preventable had the hospital admitted and fully treated the victim. This puts him on a mission to challenge the hospital administration and try and change their policy of not admitting patients who don't have insurance.
This is one of those Quincy episodes that doesn't really feature a crime or a mystery, rather it is very heavily focused on hospital medical drama and battling against bureaucracy. While there are some positives to these plots as we get to see Quincy do something a little different, they are just not my preference. I will say that one of the highlights for me were the bright guest star performances lead by George DelHoyo (George Deloy in the credits) who gives a spectacular portrayal of a young and conflicted physician who is trying to do right by his patients but coming up against huge obstacles from the powers that be in his hospital. I guess the Quincy production was also impressed by his performance as he was brought back to the show three more times.
Other than that, this Season 5 episode doesn't have very much else going for it and we only see Quincy in the coroner lab during one scene which seems very off balance.
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