Amid new reports that some patients are facing difficulties getting requested COVID treatments from local hospitals, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is calling for calm and compassion on all sides.
The mayor’s Oct. 12 statement does not specifically mention the desperate situation facing Anchorage resident William Topel, but his comments address the rising tensions between hospitals and patients with regard to COVID treatments. Topel is currently in critical condition at Providence Hospital and his request for Ivermectin has been denied by hospital staff. Topel’s case was reported by the Alaska Watchman and several other media outlets on Oct. 12.
“Good healthcare begins with trust between a patient and their physician,” Bronson’s statement notes. “People should not be afraid that their doctors, hospitals, or healthcare providers might treat them differently because of their politics or personal choices, in particular their COVID vaccination status.”
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The mayor then defends health care providers who have been on the front lines during the pandemic, saying they “deserve our respect and need our support.”
“Patients should not be afraid of their doctors, and health care workers should feel they are appreciated by those they help,” Bronson said. “We agree that vaccination is the best way to reduce COVID infections, serious illness, and death and strongly encourage everyone – in consultation with their health care provider – to get vaccinated. We also ask that each of our health care institutions reaffirm their commitment, in these tense times, to treat every patient with dignity, compassion, and respect regardless of creed or personal belief. We stand together, with you, to see our city through this. We are strongest united.”