The Proposed Expansion of “physician health programs” (PHPs)and the urgent need for a critical analysis of irrational and illegitimate authority

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Physician Health Programs  (PHPs) claimed “gold standard” for addiction treatment. “80% success rate” being used to promote “new paradigm” to other populations. 

1. National Physician Health Program Blueprint Study Publications List

2.  Setting the Standard for Recovery: Physicians’ Health Programs

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PHPs are essentially Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)  for doctors.  The vast majority of people know little or nothing about Physician Health Programs (PHPs).

Physician Health Programs (PHPs) are being called  the “gold-standard” for EAPs.    Claims of unparalleled success are being used to promote PHPs to other populations as a “replicable model of recovery.”

Drs. Robert Dupont and Gregory Skipper are promoting PHPs as “A New Paradigm for Long-Term Recovery”  claiming an 80% success rate in doctors.

An article entitled “What Might Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman,” claims PHPs “ought to be considered models for our citizenry” and the “best evidence-based addiction treatment system we have going.”   The author repeats the 80%…

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One thought on “The Proposed Expansion of “physician health programs” (PHPs)and the urgent need for a critical analysis of irrational and illegitimate authority

  1. There are strong, and I think compelling, arguments for considering state PHP’s to be “state actors”. When a PHP contractor, acting under color of state authority, denies a physician any of the elements of due process or otherwise deprives him or her of a constitutional right, that organization can be held liable for actual injuries under 42 USC 1983.

    This issue is being tested in 2 parallel state court cases in Colorado this year. Stay tuned.

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