Neurologist Dr Percy Miller recently positioned himself as a hero during a skirmish in the media with Discovery Health, which had refused to authorise a spine op he had recommended for one of his patients, Beverley Smith.
“Discovery is an awful scheme that manipulates doctors and patients,” Miller told The Star in July. “Anywhere in the world, a patient with this condition would have an operation. Discovery turn down patients when they think they can get away with it… a sort of social discrimination and it’s disgusting.”
Miller told the newspaper his patient’s leg was getting weaker and she could lose the use of it unless she had the necessary surgery.
Discovery capitulated and Miller performed the operation in August, at the Bedford Gardens Life Hospital in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.