This is not too far from me, next beach city south. The man doing the shooting was a senior at 75 years old. The doctor was a urologist. The patient did the shooting right in the exam room. He lived in Lake Elsinore so he had a bit of a drive to Newport Beach to see the doctor. Police have no motive yet and are searching his home. From what I see here in the video this appears to be the new Hoag facility outpatient area on Superior.
Other news accounts said the patient who shot the doctor may not have had a long time to live and again that has not been verified. You know we keep hearing today about people being dissatisfied with medical care and even the AMA reminding doctors just a month ago that the patient comes first and I truly hope none of that was the case here at all. I know in Newport hearing from MDs I know that their turmoil with all the insurance interests owning doctors groups and management companies has made it difficult to administratively function at times with their practices, with not knowing what is coming next and from where with complex contracts, billing and so forth as the algorithms come and rip payments away when someone does an audit, etc.
I guess we will hear more as the story develops as far as what the motive could have been and with the patient age I would guess he was either Medicare or Medicare Part D and hopefully it’s not a case of frustration with not being able to get care he may have needed due to money. BD
AMA Reaches Out to Doctors To Remind Them Patient Welfare Must Come First As Rising Pressures From Insurers and Hospitals Can Surmount At Times
January 29, 2013 | 8:56 am
A 75-year-old Lake Elsinore man was named Tuesday as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Newport Beach doctor in his exam room.
Stanwood Fred Elkus was arrested Monday on suspicion of homicide after authorities were called to the doctor's office on a shooting report, Newport Beach Police Department officials said in a statement.
The victim, Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, of Huntington Beach was shot multiple times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.
Elkus was arrested at the scene. Residents in his Lake Elsinore neighborhood were shocked by the news.
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