Michael Jackson’s last doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty yesterday in the Los Angeles court system for involuntary manslaughter through his administration of propofol, a surgical anesthetic that killed the singer in June 2009.
It’s not a surprise that Murray is at fault. As much as we want to believe that this doctor was trying to help Michael Jackson end a bizarre path in his life, there is the question of patient safety and the need for Dr. Murray to bank off $150,000 to administer the hospital-only drug to a mentally unstable and insomniac singer (Murray originally asked for $5 million). There is no way that Dr. Conrad Murray did not “involuntarily” kill Michael Jackson. Perhaps, he did not have the intention to murder him, but by shooting him up with a number of drugs over the course of Michael’s sleepless night and administering him a drug that is ethically not allowed to be used outside of a surgery setting, it is very clear that Dr. Conrad Murray did not do the right thing. The circumstances are quite contradicting – did the doctor kill him or did Michael kill himself (by accident)? That is something that we as the public may or may not ever know. But one thing we can be sure of is that many medical professionals will need to reassess the importance of patient care over dollar bills to their practice.
What’s sad about this case is that Dr. Conrad Murray is clearly a scape goat in this situation. Michael Jackson knew what “milk” was from the many plastic surgeries he may have had and he was consistently on and addicted to some slew of drugs to reduce his anxiety (or whatever it is that crazed celebrities try to get the world to believe). And it’s pretty obvious that Dr. Conrad Murray could not have been the only person that Jackson was getting his drug of choice from. There were probably tons of whack doctors who would be willing to provide it to Michael Jackson under the table for a hefty fee. However, what made it problematic for Dr. Conrad Murray was that he was the last man standing at the time of Jackson’s death – and he had administered the dangerous anesthetic to the singer several times prior to June 25, 2009, the date of the singer’s death.
For this to be a fair trial, it is important that other doctors that were ever involved in giving the singer illegal drugs or medications be brought to light too. Not only will it reveal a famed celebrity’s twisted and dark life, but it will also show how wide the road is for patient abuse in the medical field.
What we need to know is that Michael Jackson is not the only person who suffers from this type of neglect by doctors. Wealth can drive people mad and money can sometimes strangely make even the best of people do silly things. These days it seems like just the right amount of green paper can tempt almost anyone into doing outrageous things. This is something that we must become more cautious of when it comes to our medical system. Dr. Conrad Murray is an example of the many doctors who are running around with licenses and practices, but care less about their patients and more about the revenue they are making. Doctors need to realize that a lost life – especially in a moment that could have been prevented — is not worth a big paycheck. Nor is the risk of going to jail or losing your entire profession.
The problem with Dr. Conrad Murray is that he was too proud. He knew he messed up. He knew what he did was wrong. And he knew that there were several doctors before him that did the wrong thing too, which probably convinced him that administering a surgical anesthetic outside of surgery room would be okay. Nevertheless, Murray did not stand for the healthcare system but rather stood for himself. If he knew any better and truly cared about patient safety and medical ethics, he would have brought down a whole bunch of other dirty bastards with him too. Guess snitches get stiches? But non-stiches get orange jumpsuits and four years in prison, huh?
If anyone ever needs to seek out personal care, be wary of your doctor’s past and what he is willing and not willing to do. You should always want to seek out someone who will do their best to help save your life or protect your health while abiding to medical ethics and codes. Anyone who is willing to go beyond those boundaries for your pocketbook are just as bad as drug dealers and should be stayed away from.