A Pakistani oncology doctor has written off about 650,000 dollars debt of 200 American cancer patients.
Dr Omar Atiq owns a cancer treatment clinic in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, which treats its patients through different procedures including chemotherapy and radiation. He sent Christmas greeting cards to the patients apprising them that they no longer required to pay their outstanding dues.
“I hope this note finds you well. The Arkansas Cancer Clinic was proud to serve you as a patient. Although various health insurers pay most of the bills for [the] majority of patients, even the deductibles and co-pays can be burdensome.
“The clinic has decided to forego all balances owed to the clinic by its patients. Happy Holidays,” the card read as reported by various media houses.
Omar Atiq said that there could not be any better time to forego the dues than the pandemic which continued to destroy lives and businesses of people. He said his organization thought that it was possible to help people in this hour of need and all the things started materializing after that. The clinic reportedly sought help of a billing company in this regard.
The Pakistani doctor is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck in the UAMS College of Medicine. He also heads the board of governors of the American College of Physicians.