Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

When you can’t be a legitimate medical doctor, you can always turn alternative…

Dr. Anette Horstmann lost her medical license earlier this year after 23 different malpractice cases from colleagues and pharmacists (not patients) over a two year period. Most of the cases are about her lax prescription methods, where pharmacists and other doctors claim she has been helping addicts get their fix.

So now after 25 years, and now with no medical license, she immediately started her own alternative treatment practice mostly to make a living she claims, even though she already has a new job at a local burger joint. She is still going to keep fighting to get her medical license back. In the meantime dr. Horstmann will be treating her patients with homeopathy and acupuncture.

Source: Nettavisen (Article is in Norwegian)

Horstmann was accused of not following national standards for medical practice and record keeping; that she was indiscriminately prescribing drugs and of being careless and not following professional medical protocol with her ill patients. It does make sense, in a way, that if a doctor who thinks she in the right and still wishes to practice, but who loses her medical license, would go for alternative treatments. And, she says that the allegations against her are a “witch hunt”.

A long history of being a licensed medical professional certainly gives the impression of legitimacy for these dubious alternative treatments now offered. She also has a following of patients that will continue to go to her for treatment. The alternative medicine industry is far less regulated, so there’s less chance to really get in trouble with health authorities.

I hope we didn’t give any other quacks ideas.

  6 comments for “Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

  1. Lagaya1
    June 21, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Not so sure her old patients will still go to her, unless alt med doctors can prescribe drugs.

  2. Tony
    June 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Putting “dr.” in lowercase was a very apt choice.

  3. Dubious f
    June 21, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    I can name myself Dr. Dubious even if I have a doctorate in medieval litterature. To write a prescription, I have to be part of a aproved medical order….

  4. Adam
    June 22, 2015 at 3:53 AM

    IMO a struck-off doctor who subsequently peddles woo has demonstrated that they are unfit to hold a licence ever again. I hope any appeal feels similarly. I’m sure she struggles to make ends meet but she is the author of her own misfortune.

  5. Mike C.
    June 25, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Looks like she’s qualified for quackery now.

  6. June 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Her drug addicted patients probably won’t go to her, but she was well liked by many other patients too and a significant number of those patients seem to be willing to continue consulting with her as a quack.

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