Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7 Day Forecast
Follow our weather team on social media

When stars seek medical care, risk of 'VIP Syndrome' looms

6 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, June 11 2016 Jun 11, 2016 June 11, 2016 2:51 PM June 11, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

It's not clear if any doctor could have averted the fentanyl overdose that killed Prince in April. But his death may offer evidence for how the special treatment often afforded the rich and famous can result in worse health care than ordinary Americans receive.

One physician delivered test results to Prince's home. Another sent his son, who wasn't a doctor, on a cross-country flight to bring medication to the music star.

The tendency for doctors to veer into risky territory when caring for a prominent person was identified in medical literature as early as 1964. It has a name: "VIP Syndrome."

Experts agree that doctors treating Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers lost their bearings and made fatal mistakes in the glare of their patients' fame.

More News

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
7 Days