‘You over-treat or under-treat’: the problem ofVIP patients like Trump

Trump’s medical team will face a minefield as they attempt to form an alliance with the president – a notoriously demanding, publicity-conscious patient

Here is a statement taken for granted: Donald Trump will have the best care available for his diagnosis of Covid-19. In a literal sense that is true – he will have an attentive, round-the-clock medical team. This is essential for any ill president.

But in medicine there are many cautionary tales of “VIP syndrome” – the special treatment given by doctors to the wealthy, famous, powerful or politically connected and how that does not always lead to the best medical outcomes.

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