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Be proud that expert doctor practices here

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I do agree with Dr. Toth’s assessment of ProMedia’s “smear campaign” and would extend that notion to your paper’s coverage of the subject matter in the Saturday, May 10, SV Weekend [“Local doctor is in ... the money; Drug companies pay big bucks for cholesterol expert’s speeches”].

We all should be proud to have someone of Dr. Toth’s stature practicing medicine in our out-of-the-way community.

He is one of the medical professionals who has gone far beyond the usual medical education and also obtained advanced research degrees from one of the top universities in the country, something that has enabled him to bring a different perspective to the practice of medicine and to pursue a dual career of physician and acclaimed researcher.

We certainly should not begrudge someone’s financial rewards that are the result of extraordinary effort.

As an engineer/scientist who worked in medical research many years ago, I learned the added value of such experience; it was the reason my family picked Dr. Toth as our physician.

In contrast to financial contributions made to our politicians without quid pro quo checks and balances, today’s medical professionals seldom have the privilege of deciding a patient’s medications; my experience has been that the insurance industry and Medicare provide those checks and balances.

While my family has non-generic drugs available, if we so choose, such availability is only at great additional personal expense. I am certainly glad to have Dr. Toth in our community providing great medical services to our family.

I also would request that you refrain from what I consider to be “yellow journalism” and provide balanced coverage of local newsworthy stories rather than sensationalism.

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