“Catholic” Hospitals Killing Patients

Dr. McKalip: “I have seen active euthanasia with morphine at Catholic hospitals where I have practiced”

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • April 11, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Catholic doctor is saying doctors at secular hospitals across the country are engaging in de facto euthanasia of patients on a routine basis by administering excessive doses of morphine. Even more alarming, he verified that this action was a common occurrence at Catholic hospitals in Florida where he has worked.

Church Militant asked Dr. David McKalip, M.D., a neurological surgeon and a practicing Catholic, during an interview this week if he could confirm rumors that hospitals were euthanizing terminally ill patients by intentionally giving them excessive doses of morphine.

“That happens all the time,” he told Church Militant. “I see it all the time, literally every week.”

Asked if he knew that this was occurring at Catholic hospitals, McKalip responded, “Absolutely.” He added, “I can verify that I have seen active euthanasia with morphine at Catholic hospitals where I have practiced.”

McKalip wanted to make clear he couldn’t speak for all Catholic hospitals but only for hospitals at which he had worked. He wasn’t able to make any blanket statement. “Supporting the notion that most Catholic hospitals are doing that, I can’t say that without more data,” he clarified.

The doctor was willing to stake his reputation on this claim: “I’m more than happy to go on record regarding these evil acts I’m seeing happen in hospitals.”

In laying out what is morally permissible for Catholics to choose in such situations, McKalip commented that Catholics can morally refuse such things as brain surgery to remove a tumor or a ventilator tube. They can also request morphine for pain.

“This is all defined in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,” he explained. “But that’s not what we’re seeing these days. We’re seeing active euthanasia with morphine in hospitals all over America.”

Generally it’s not the patient but members of the patient’s family who communicate to the doctor how things are to be handled in this regard. McKalip noted:

The general unspoken understanding is that “It’s time for my father to die.” And as a doctor you understand that you are given a blank check to do whatever it takes to so-called “keep him comfortable.” The doctors, once they get that blank check, they can do whatever they want. They don’t need a discussion about the dosage.

“They are also being told inaccurate information about the patient’s neurologic prognosis from nurses and non-neurologic specialists who are not qualified to give those forecasts on the outcome,” he went on.

The doctor spoke of an incident in which a patient was responsive and making progress in recovering from a brain injury. Once the family signed the form that said to withdraw medical care, the patient declined:

The doctor started giving him way beyond anything needed to keep anyone comfortable. … First of all, they should have an obvious demonstration of pain, which the patient didn’t. Secondly, it’s normally in the range of every couple of hours that you’re going to give some morphine, and you’re going to give low doses. But in this case, they gave it every 30 minutes.

He continued, “I’m telling you, that was active euthanasia for that man, who, if we’d given him a little more time, would likely have recovered well.” And this wasn’t a rare incident by any means, stressed the doctor.

“That’s just one example of clear-cut euthanasia,” he told Church Militant. “But every week now I see a family and I know what’s going to happen.”

“I say, ‘I want to warn you someone is going to tell you this is hopeless and they’re going to tell you to stop everything,'” he commented. “And they often say, ‘Oh, we already heard that. You are the first doctor who gave us any hope.'”

Oftentimes it’s the families who want their relative to die, he affirmed. “There are a lot of families, though, that have hardened their hearts; they don’t have any problem stopping care and believing what they want to hear about the prognosis.”

Church Militant asked McKalip why doctors are so ready to kill their patients. His answer was stunning. To find out how doctors benefit from euthanasia, stay tuned for the next installment: “Why Are Catholic Hospitals Killing Patients?”

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  1. Yes, this has been the standard practice for years. For this reason I often say to people, if any of your families are sick, make sure that you take an active role when they are in the modern hospital system, to help prevent what is mentioned above, as this is the standard practice today, in the west. People are seen only from the standard of materialism and so the consequence is only logical. Very few are willing to expose it for what it is – murder !

  2. Why “Catholic” Hospitals Kill Patients

    Dr. McKalip: Doctors are penalized for keeping patients in ICU too long

    by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • April 12, 2017

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Catholic neurosurgeon explains to Church Militant that health care regulations are set up to ration care by financially penalizing doctors for keeping patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) too long. With a nod from the family, doctors shorten the stay of such patients, advising the family there is no hope, leading to premature withdrawal of medical care. This is often followed by the use of morphine for de facto euthanasia.

    During a recent interview with Church Militant, Dr. David McKalip, M.D., a neurological surgeon and a practicing Catholic, confirmed that secular hospitals were euthanizing terminally ill patients “literally every week” by intentionally giving them excessive doses of morphine. He further verified that he saw “active euthanasia with morphine at Catholic hospitals” where he had practiced.

    Dr. McKalip revealed that doctors are incentivised by health care regulations to euthanize their patients. “What’s happened is that under Obamacare, and under what Republicans agreed to in Medicare called MACRA, doctors gets bonuses if they meet certain budget goals; in other words, if they ration care.”

    “If you spend an amount below what the government and the insurance company agreed to as reasonable, you get extra money, you get a bonus,” explained McKalip. In some hospitals where critical care doctors are employed, he added, “The hospital pays the doctor a bonus if their ICU number of days is below a certain number on average, and they get a penalty if they go above that number.”

    “So there is a direct financial incentive, a penalty to doctors financially if they keep you in the hospital too long.” In other words, the doctors that acquiesce to the guidelines would rather see the terminally ill have their care withdrawn and potentially euthanized rather than be financially penalized for keeping them in their ICU. “So this is active rationing of care with the doctors financially incentivised to do so,” said McKalip.

    Asked if a doctor actually gets his pay docked by the hospital for keeping a patient in ICU too long McKalip responded, “That is exactly correct.” McKalip said when he tries to work with a recovering patient in ICU, the critical care doctors often times voice their disapproval. “The ICU doctors that I deal with will say to me, ‘David you’re keeping this old lady here with a brain hemorrhage for like three weeks. I’m getting killed here! I can’t take this, I’m going to get a penalty.'”

    He told Church Militant that critical care doctors employed by the hospital will routinely tell residents who work under them the following: “They’ll say to the resident, ‘This ICU stay is getting too long.’ I hear it all the time. ‘You guys got to get this going; I can’t have this guy here in the unit too long.’ And they know what that means.”

    The family is then told, often times by unqualified health care professionals, that the case is hopeless, said McKalip. This results in the family giving the doctor what McKalip calls a “blank check.” The doctor then starts to administer more morphine than is needed to control pain. The result is the patient’s death, owing to the suppression of vital functions caused by the effects of excessive morphine.

    Speaking of the employment contract the hospital makes with the critical care doctor, McKalip said, “It’s built in that you get a bonus if the ICU number of days is low; and you don’t get your bonus, which is a de facto penalty, if they’re too high. In addition, Obamacare has built into Medicare now financial penalties if doctors don’t meet the government’s budget goals for spending on certain patients.”

    He said doctors aren’t slated to receive all the penalties until regulations are fully implemented in 2019, but they’re already ramping up for it now. “They’re already behaving that way because they have to act that way now in order to get ready for it. In 2019, it will start hitting really hard, but the hospitals have been pushing this for years.”

    To understand more about how government regulations apply financial presurre on doctors to euthanize their patients go to Dr. McKalip’s blog, Sunbeamtimes.com.

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