Despite being a popular community figure and a highly respected immigrant doctor from Poland, Dr. Anna Konopka is being forced, by the state of New Hampshire, to forfeit her medical license. This comes as a litany of complaints had already forced the state to take disciplinary actions against Konopka.
Dr. Konopka is 84 years old. She has been practicing medicine for many years since she immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1961. She asserts that her paper and folder method of tracking a patient's records works, "Just fine." Unfortunately for her, the state of New Hampshire Board of Medicine does not agree.
The problem stems from Dr. Konopka's lack of computer skills. She does not know how to use a computer, nor does she even have one in her office.
"But, what does that have to do with medicine?" you may be asking yourself.
In 2014, the state of New Hampshire signed a new mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. As an effort by the state to combat the nation's opioid crisis, this program requires doctors who prescribe opioids to record and register each prescription to curb drug abuse and reduce overdoses.
Konopka has built a loyal following to her practice. She is beloved in her small-town community of 4,500 and known for seeing patients at extremely discounted rates if they have no insurance or little means to pay the standard medical fees.
Konopka said, "I'm interested in helping people. I didn’t go to medicine for money, and I didn’t make money," as she reflects on her career. She works alone and cannot afford a nurse, or even an administrative assistant.
Her ongoing dispute against the state has triggered scores of her loyal patients to write letters to the court, and even testify on her behalf. She appeared in court on Friday, November 3 to argue her case for her medical license and got the Assistant Attorney General Lyn Cusack's attention.
"If she wants to get her license back," Cusack said, "Konopka could file for reconsideration with the Board of Medicine."
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