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Australia'They will eventually get me': Surgeon Charlie Teo threatens to quit

20:56  08 june  2019
20:56  08 june  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Her surgeon was Charlie Teo . The 58-year-old neurosurgeon is famous for operating on brain “I gathered everything and wrote a very soppy card to Charlie and said ‘please look at this’. She got a call from one of Dr Teo ’s associates on a Wednesday, and on the following Monday Mr Nation was

'They will eventually get me': Surgeon Charlie Teo threatens to quit© Elesa Kurtz Brain surgeon Charlie Teo in Canberra on Saturday.

Celebrity brain surgeon Charlie Teo has launched an extraordinary attack on the medical establishment, describing its governing bodies as "the enemy" and accusing the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons of trying to "purge him" from the profession.

In comments that will spark controversy at the very top of Australian medicine, Dr Teo said he will quit if concerns raised by other surgeons and regulators about his fees and methods continue.

The neurosurgeon has been embroiled in a spat with surgical colleagues, the College of Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association over allegations of "a disturbing trend" of his patients crowd-funding $120,000 to have life-saving operations, not peer-reviewing his results and performing 'invalid' procedures.

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Dr Teo told the Sun Herald and Sunday Age the the medical establishment was "gunning for him".

"Once they see blood they go for it," he said. "When the distractions become too great and I can’t give my patients what they deserve, I will call it quits."

The surgeon, who specialises in keyhole and high-risk brain stem surgery, is in demand from patients across Australia, China, India, the US and Singapore.

Dr Teo said "there are times when you just have to bend over and take it up the arse," but said the past week had been the most "relentless and vicious" he had ever experienced and that he did not expect to survive for very long.

"They will eventually get me. I know that sounds a bit fatalistic but I think it is probably true. A lot of good people have gone down to the system," he said.

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In an interview on the sidelines of the Health Professionals Australia Reform Association conference in Canberra, Dr Teo listed six surgeons who had resigned, left the profession or committed suicide after being ostracised by other practitioners.

"This is the saddest event that I attend every year," he said on Saturday.  "My plea is that we all get together. There is strength in numbers. Because the greater enemy is of course the governing medical bodies. We need to fight as a united front so that it is no longer David v Goliath, its Goliath v Goliath."

The 61-year-old said he was "the best tumour surgeon in Australia," and "even though I know the Health Minister and people in high places and lots of politicians, it means nothing when it comes to APRA [the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency] or these lying medical monopolies".

He said the governing bodies used different methods to carry out "a purge" including sham peer reviews, creating a hostile work environment and financial attacks against independent physicians.

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I needed a frame a lot of the time," she said. She was forced to quit work and unable to afford to live in their house on one Mrs Lucas and husband Julian have met with world-renowned surgeon Dr Teo , who's based at Sydney's Prince of Wales Private Hospital. "This is my one chance of getting better."

"They are vilifying and persecuting me saying that I am nothing but a self-promoter," he said.

Dr Teo said the Sydney Children's Hospital had been "the most vehement and malicious" hospital he had worked in after they mandated all of his patients be sent to intensive care after surgery.

"What that meant is that they could control my numbers simply by saying that there wasn’t an ICU bed," he said.

"All other surgeons could continue having their patients on the ward."

A spokeswoman for the Sydney Children's Hospital said any suggestion that patients are being blocked from accessing our services is incorrect and that the safety and wellbeing of patients is the number one priority.​

"Elective surgeries that require a postoperative bed in the intensive care unit will not go ahead unless an ICU bed is available," she said. "This is to ensure patient safety."

Dr Teo said other hospitals refused to take his patients as public patients in intensive care after they had private surgery - driving up their costs. “It has got be against the law," he said. "They need to be made accountable to the same rules."

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The controversial surgeon said private hospitals charged $80,000 for the surgery, with $40,000 of that refunded if the patient does not need an extended stay in intensive care. The $40,000 that remains is split between Dr Teo, the surgical assistant, the anaesthetist, the radiologist, radiographer and others. Dr Teo said he made between $8000- $15,000 per surgery.

Of 113 Go Fund me campaigns, Dr Teo said only two were for impending surgeries, while others dated back to 2014, were for travel expenses or other charities.

He rejected calls from the College of Surgeons to sanction specialists who charge excessively high fees and said it was "nobody's business" how much he charges for initial consultations.

"I think a doctor can charge whatever he wants," he said. "If a doctor charges too much and hasn't got a good reputation people are not going to go to him."

Australia’s peak specialist groups have repeatedly stressed that there is no evidence to suggest paying more for treatment equates to a better outcome.

Dr Teo said he did not mind being criticised if he got something wrong but you "can't do invalid surgery for 30 years and get away with it."

"I have had my fair share of complications. I have made some bad surgical decisions. I have operated on people that I should never have operated on and I don't mind being criticised for that," he said.

"But I don't like being criticised for things that are dishonest. Spine surgeons make so much more money than brain surgeons.

"You wouldn't be in brain surgery for the money."

The Australian Medical Association and the College of Surgeons have been contacted for comment.

With Kate Aubusson

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