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Woman turned away by doctor - for being American
The Local ^ | Published: 29th December 2006 11:51 CET | The Local

Posted on 12/29/2006 11:11:17 AM PST by Eurotwit

An American woman has been refused treatment by a doctor in Blekinge in southern Sweden because of her nationality. The woman's husband has now reported the incident to the Medical Responsibility Board.

Valery Johansson, who lives in a small town just outside Nashville, Tennessee, was in Sweden to celebrate Christmas with her husband's family.

On Christmas Day, worried that she may have contracted strep throat, she sought medical help. Her husband and niece made an appointment for her at a clinic in the town of Karlshamn.

"We went up there and the nurses were really nice. They did some swab tests, which they then passed on to a doctor," Johansson told The Local.

But when the American woman, accompanied by her husband and niece, went to meet the doctor in his treatment room, he declined to examine her.

Rather than introduce himself, the doctor waved the patient's papers and shouted "she doesn't have strep throat, she doesn't have strep throat". He then added that he would not treat her.

"He said he didn't like Americans," said Johansson.

He also disliked hearing English spoken in his treatment room and soon walked out.

"We just couldn't believe it. We were left standing there with our mouths hanging open," said Johansson.

According to Johansson, the doctor was a Palestinian who objected to American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Her niece followed the doctor into the office to confront him but was told: "I don't deal with people like that".

When Johansson returned to the clinic the following day she was met by a manager, who apologised and encouraged her to report the matter to the Medical Responsibility Board.

The nurses were also embarrassed by the doctor's behaviour and repaid the 820 kronor that Johansson had handed over in advance for her treatment. They too advised her to report the doctor.

In the report Johansson has claimed that she was discriminated against on ethnic grounds.

Before returning to the United States at the beginning of January she also intends reporting the incident to the American Embassy in Stockholm.


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KEYWORDS: americahaters; asian; eurabia; eurotrash; islam; jewhaters; muslims; palestinian; religionofpeace; rop; socialists; sweden; terrorism; trop; wot
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Du gamla, du fria....
1 posted on 12/29/2006 11:11:18 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Charles Henrickson; WesternCulture; ScaniaBoy; rmlew

Ping


2 posted on 12/29/2006 11:11:51 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: Eurotwit

And they a call us ugly Americans because we can afford to buy the local items in their shops and they can't.


3 posted on 12/29/2006 11:14:06 AM PST by bmwcyle (I believe in Jesus Christ, the reason for the season.)
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To: Eurotwit
"He said he didn't like Americans," said Johansson.

I would have told him: "Fine, since I don't have strep, can I cough in your face?"

Some people just need a whuppin'.

4 posted on 12/29/2006 11:15:30 AM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: Eurotwit

Sounds like the Swedes are a bunch of xenophobes.


5 posted on 12/29/2006 11:16:58 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Eurotwit; MadIvan; Mrs Ivan; vimto; M. Espinola; Salem

" the doctor was a Palestinian ..."


6 posted on 12/29/2006 11:17:04 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Eurotwit
Good one Eurotwit

The "No English" bit? Well hey, it was Sweden but no need to be rude about it.

The rest of it? Pure gold. Notice the Pally connection? Wonder if he was a member of TROP?
7 posted on 12/29/2006 11:17:16 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Eurotwit

Excuse me, but I don't think I'd want to be treated by a Palestinian doctor, especially if he's honoring the intifada.


8 posted on 12/29/2006 11:18:19 AM PST by Spok (He who bites the hands that feeds him will lick the boot that kicks him.)
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To: Eurotwit

Not good for business...who would trust a guy like this to dispense medication?


9 posted on 12/29/2006 11:19:31 AM PST by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: Eurotwit
Blekinge in southern Sweden

Soon to be renamed Blekingedad, Swedenstand...


10 posted on 12/29/2006 11:19:51 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Eurotwit

Seems like the staff doesn't like him either.


11 posted on 12/29/2006 11:20:11 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, now more than ever my FRiends.)
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To: Eurotwit

I just hope she's a card carrying democrat. Maybe this little episode will open her eyes a tad.


12 posted on 12/29/2006 11:20:42 AM PST by albie
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To: Brilliant
Sounds like the Swedes are a bunch of xenophobes.

A truly asinine comment, considering the doctor in question was a Palestinian.

Even if he was Swedish, it's an asinine thing to say.

13 posted on 12/29/2006 11:23:22 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Eurotwit
He also disliked hearing English spoken in his treatment room and soon walked out.

They should get a bunch of people together who speak Hebrew in his office. I bet that would make his day.

14 posted on 12/29/2006 11:25:04 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Spok
. . . the doctor was a Palestinian who objected to American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Let him practice medicine in Ramallah.

15 posted on 12/29/2006 11:25:15 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: WestTexasWend; Spok
Hey now lads,

There are quite a few gifted medical practitioners in the ROP


16 posted on 12/29/2006 11:25:19 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: Vigilanteman

Is that quote from Massoud?


17 posted on 12/29/2006 11:26:46 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: Eurotwit

Good catch.


18 posted on 12/29/2006 11:27:09 AM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Sounds like you missed the dripping sarcasm in the post you responded to.


19 posted on 12/29/2006 11:27:11 AM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Eurotwit

20 posted on 12/29/2006 11:27:57 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: albie
I just hope she's a card carrying democrat. Maybe this little episode will open her eyes a tad.

If she is this would just be an example of 'Bush's foreign policy failures'. Reality is a hard pill to swallow for most dems IMO.
21 posted on 12/29/2006 11:29:20 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: PeteB570

He probably would have had no issue with her speaking Arabic.


22 posted on 12/29/2006 11:29:29 AM PST by RockinRight (To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors. - Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Poser

I don't get it. Really. It's gone completely over my head and I won't be normal until it's resolved.


23 posted on 12/29/2006 11:31:37 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Eurotwit

He could just be a loon.


24 posted on 12/29/2006 11:32:57 AM PST by Melinda
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To: Eurotwit
"We just couldn't believe it. We were left standing there with our mouths hanging open,"

That's part of the problem ;-)

25 posted on 12/29/2006 11:33:47 AM PST by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: Melinda

Oh, he is a loon alright...


26 posted on 12/29/2006 11:33:51 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: Eurotwit

I'll bet they rush to take care of the head choppers!


27 posted on 12/29/2006 11:33:53 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (the left is good for nothing)
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To: Eurotwit

According to Mark Steyn (and others), old Europe is dying. I'm wondering whether this is a bad thing.


28 posted on 12/29/2006 11:33:58 AM PST by My2Cents ("Friends stab you from the front." -- Oscar Wilde)
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To: Eurotwit
According to Johansson, the doctor was a Palestinian who objected to American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Why am I not surprised????? The Swedes have let these people in and will have to deal with them. Wonder if they're having rape problems as Norway reported a couple of weeks ago.

29 posted on 12/29/2006 11:34:06 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: Eurotwit

AArrghhhh!!!! I am presuming that the doctor in the story is Moslem. I realize that there are a fair number of Palestinians who are Christian, too. Having said that...

The story is presented as if this is a Swedish problem with Americans. Once I started reading it, though, this is an Arab problem. Perhaps it is also an Islamic problem.

I hate the way the media downplays or ignores the obvious bigotry and xenophobia of the Arab and/or Islamic world. If an American doctor did this to a Palestinian, the headlines would scream about the "hatred" against the Palestinian who obviously could have died and was sick with a near-fatal disease. This situation? The American is "turned away."

Thanks for the rant this morning.


30 posted on 12/29/2006 11:34:26 AM PST by redpoll (redpoll)
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To: Melinda
He could just be a loon.

Oh he's a loon alright!

31 posted on 12/29/2006 11:35:24 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: My2Cents

Why would you say that?

What you are seeing in this story is what is taking Europe's place.

Hardly an improvement - by anyones standards...

Cheers.


32 posted on 12/29/2006 11:35:28 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: NonValueAdded

Bingo!


33 posted on 12/29/2006 11:36:50 AM PST by F-117A (Who is Jamil Hussein?)
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To: Rummyfan

Stop plagiarizing my work ;-)

Or perhaps it is great minds think alike and all that dance :-)


34 posted on 12/29/2006 11:37:38 AM PST by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: Brilliant
Sounds like the Swedes are a bunch of xenophobes.

If by Swede you mean Palestinian.

35 posted on 12/29/2006 11:37:50 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Eurotwit

Sooooooooooo - it wasn't fear of malpractice lawsuit.

Wonder what hippocratic oath he subscribes to?

I feel better!


36 posted on 12/29/2006 11:39:37 AM PST by sodpoodle (if you can't handle the truth, try satire.)
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To: Brilliant
Swedes don't have a problem with Americans.


Islamofascists do.
37 posted on 12/29/2006 11:43:16 AM PST by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Brilliant; All

No, sir, they are not. Aintcha heard? The country is chockful of immigrants - of the non-American variety.


38 posted on 12/29/2006 11:46:37 AM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Eurotwit

I'm being sarcastic, but clearly, the fact that old Europe is being overrun by Muslims, and may go into eclipse because of it, is due to the likelihood that Europe is culturally and spiritually exhausted. There is no will left in Europe, apparently, and no sense that Europe stands for anything worth defending.


39 posted on 12/29/2006 11:47:39 AM PST by My2Cents ("Friends stab you from the front." -- Oscar Wilde)
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To: Eurotwit

Everyone that is American for miles around that office should make appointments, go and be refused, just to take up time and space....and his money.


40 posted on 12/29/2006 11:50:08 AM PST by combat_boots (The MSM: State run Democrat media masquerading as corporations)
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To: Eurotwit

When you leave the US, you takes your chances.


41 posted on 12/29/2006 11:52:21 AM PST by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: Eurotwit; rmlew
Wow, I hadn't heard this one. Not reported in any of our papers as far as I've seen, and I can understand why...

Blekinge and Skåne (Scania) are the two districts in southern Sweden with most TROP immigrants and also the districts were the anti-immigrant party the Swedish Democrats (SD) had their best result in the last election. (In Blekinge you also have one of, I think, two places in Sweden where the neo-nazis have gained places on the local council.)

You can understand what a story like this will do for the SD and why our MSM and other parties will do their best to hide this story.

It will be very interesting to follow how the Medical Board will handle this. Verrry interrresting. The codes are quite clear in a case like this, but, but....

To my American friends I can only apologize and hope this will never ever happen to anyone visiting Sweden. Unfortunately, I fear it will, I even fear that this will soon happen to Swedish people, predominantly those with Jewish sounding surnames.

But it is no good just wringing ones hands. I will first of all check if there has been a report to the Medical Board. And then a phone-call to one or two journalists...
42 posted on 12/29/2006 11:53:30 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Rummyfan
Wonder if they're having rape problems as Norway reported a couple of weeks ago.

The succinct answer: Yes

43 posted on 12/29/2006 11:55:37 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Eurotwit

Makes me want to visit Sweden.


44 posted on 12/29/2006 11:59:25 AM PST by Hans
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To: Eurotwit
I'll bet he would have no problem treating Jimmy Carter.
45 posted on 12/29/2006 12:02:03 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Eurotwit

Hmm...if our Palestinian doctor does this to Americans one wonders what he's doing to Swedes he doesn't like.


46 posted on 12/29/2006 12:08:01 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Eurotwit

The husband should have whipped his ass right then and there.


47 posted on 12/29/2006 12:08:52 PM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: combat_boots
Everyone that is American for miles around that office should make appointments, go and be refused, just to take up time and space....and his money.

She had to pay in advance of him seeing her (but the money was refunded), so a better option would be to just make appointments and cancel at the last minute saying you just heard they have a Pali doc that doesn't like Americans

48 posted on 12/29/2006 12:08:53 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: redpoll

I agree, if this were reversed and the Dr. was an expat in Sweden who turned away a Palestinian there'd be a riot someplace.


49 posted on 12/29/2006 12:11:07 PM PST by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: Eurotwit
Just wait until this doctor realizes that most of the Swedes he treats are infidels!
50 posted on 12/29/2006 12:11:14 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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