For the Record

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    In his article on my report on UT Dell Medical School [“Dell Med School Debate Over Use of Funds Continues,” News, Feb. 17], Michael King states my "report does not attempt to analyze – or even consider – the clinical programs or direct benefits reported by the medical school in its work with local patients." If Mr. King had called me or read the report carefully, he would have understood that the Medical School keeps NO records of the specific clinical services it provides the poor for its $105 million from Central Health. My report analyzed the Medical School's personnel records, because those were the only pertinent records available. Those records showed the exact number (which is many) of Medical School fundraisers, accountants, communications staff, admissions officers, business managers, clerical and other non-clinical personnel paid for with our tax dollars intended for, but not going to, the poor for health care.
Fred Lewis
   [Michael King responds: Because I indeed read his "report" carefully, I saw no reason to call Fred Lewis – again – while reporting his reiterated claims that he first made in his November report, repeated in this extended February version, and delivered to Travis County Commissioners Court, the UT board of regents, and to various local publications, including the Chronicle. As I reported, none of these declarations make the slightest attempt to consider the extensive and expanding clinical services to poor clients already provided by Medical School staff, although they have reported that work publicly and summaries are readily available online (dellmed.utexas.edu). And curiously, Lewis apparently has made no attempt to "call" or otherwise speak with Medical School or Central Health personnel, while widely disseminating his inflammatory and irresponsible charges that they are misappropriating Central Health funds and violating state law.]
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