Pakistani-American doctor clears cancer patients’ medical debt worth hundreds of thousands
In an interview, he expressed how he thought that the pandemic was the perfect time for this as people's lives and livelihoods were drastically impacted.
Dr. Omar Atiq, a Pakistani-American oncologist has generously relieved his patients of medical debt amounting to $650,000.
Dr. Omar greeted his patients for Christmas through a post where he also informed them that their medical debts had been forgiven.
His card was quoted by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for saying that his clinic had been gratified by serving his patients. He also said that even though insurances pay off a huge chunk of patients’ medical expenses, the subtractables and co-pays can also pose a huge burden.
His card further said, “The clinic has decided to forego all balances owed to the clinic by its patients. Happy Holidays.”
Belonging from Pakistan, Dr. Atiq is an oncologist and also a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-neck and head at the UAMS College of Medicine. He is also the head of the board of governors of the American College of Physicians.
The Pakistani-born doctor shifted his family to Arkansas in 1991 upon finishing a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City. He had also received an employment opportunity at the Jefferson Regional Medical Centre in Pine Bluff.
In an interview, he expressed how he thought that the pandemic was the perfect time for this as people’s lives and livelihoods were drastically impacted.
Atiq told KARK, “Having cancer in this pandemic is devastating.” He mentioned that he is a regular practitioner who just thought to clear off debts from the bills of patients who found it difficult to pay.
Talking about his experience since shifting to the United States, he said he has been thankful for the opportunity. He highlighted how he has considered the nation as his home, and that he has been grateful for his experience there.
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