Donald Trump is not the type of person to give the public too much information about the medical reports about his health. In recent years, both of his personal doctors have released glowing reports about Trump’s health with a positive spin on the results. Their positive reports about his health resulted in both doctors having their credibility called into question.
The reason why they gave these very positive reports might be coming to light including news about possible Propecia use by Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's Doctor Discusses Propecia Use
Last week, there were reports that Trump’s longtime personal doctor, Dr. Harold Bornstein, claimed one of Trump’s bodyguards, as well as a Trump Organization lawyer and a third man with the bodyguard, raided his office back in February 2017. The raid was conducted to seize 35 years of medical records related to Trump.
In addition, Bornstein claims that Trump personally dictated the letter that Bornstein released to the public regarding Trump’s health. The letter described Trump's overall health in glowing terms.
The big question about the raid is whether or not any laws were broken during the taking of the records. Bornstein says he was not given a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) release signed by Trump. If this is true, a violation of the law occurred. An individual did tell NBC News there was a letter from Trump's (then) White House doctor, Ronny L. Jackson. However, that signature would not be sufficient to get the records.
It appears that the reason the taking of the records happened was because Bornstein made Donald Trump’s Propecia use public. Bornstein disclosed to the New York Times that Trump takes Propecia, which is a hair loss drug, as well as medication for rosacea. Neither one of these drugs was disclosed in the very positive medical statements released about Donald Trump’s health.
When well-known TV doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, interviewed Trump about his health, Donald said the only medication he was taking on a regular basis was a statin. Trump did not mention either one of the other drugs. Later in the interview, Dr. Oz discussed Trump's low PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This is known as a side effect of Propecia since it is also used as a prostate drug. When the low PSA was mentioned to Trump, he simply said, “My PSA has been very good. I don't know what's going on.”
According to Bornstein, disclosing Donald Trump’s Propecia use seemed to be the reason that Trump and his staff went into action to get the medical records. The day after the New York Times interview ran in the newspaper, Bornstein said Trump's long-time personal assistant called him. Rhona Graff, the personal assistant, told him, “So you wanted to be the White House doctor? Forget it; you're out.'" Two days after the phone call came the seizing of the medical records from his medical office.
Is Donald Trump Propecia Use a Big Deal?
Bornstein said he isn't really sure why the information about Donald Trump’s Propecia use is such a big deal. He told NBC News, “I couldn't believe anybody was making a big deal out of a drug to grow his hair that seemed to be so important. And it certainly was not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take Propecia to grow their hair. What's the matter with that?”
Both fans and critics of Trump do agree that everyone, even the President, has a right to medical privacy. Most people can agree on the fact that Bornstein disclosing Donald Trump’s Propecia use to the public without his approval is a bit unethical. Even if Propecia use by Donald Trump wasn’t being kept a secret, the angry reaction about the revelation was to be expected by Trump and his staff.
However, that doesn’t mean the seizure of the medical offices during the “raid” was justified. It’s also unknown why the records were taken rather than simply filing a complaint against Bornstein. Under normal circumstances, that is the action to be expected from the President. The bizarre nature of the reaction from the President and his staff is what led many medical and political experts to come to the conclusion that it is not too far of a stretch to say Bornstein was sharing information that Trump wanted to remain hidden. In order to stop any further information from being disclosed, they decided to take matters, and the medical records, into their own hands.
This isn't the first time Bornstein has claimed to feel pressured by Trump’s staff. Bornstein justified his initial glowing review of Trump's health by saying he was only given five minutes to draft the report while a limo was waiting outside of his office. However, saying that Trump dictated the letter, and the fact that Donald Trump's Propecia use was not shared in the first place, strongly suggests Bornstein wasn't allowed to be very truthful in the first place.
As of the publication of this article, it is unknown if the revelation of Propecia use by Donald Trump will lead to any further legal actions against Bornstein.