Our Story

 

This website was created to support Lags Medical Centers.

Each passing week takes a toll on the patients and employees of Lags Medical Centers. They are concerned about the current investigation and deprived of warnings or information. Enforcement overreach, patient suffering, and abandonment paired with collateral damages possibly outside of the due process of law.

Under the fifth amendment, lawful search and seizure in the interest of public safety must be documented and made known. With an expectation to privacy for medical records, which are protected by HIPAA laws. The fifth amendment reads,

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

When you visit the Lags Medical Centers website, you’ll notice a message that states:

“To Our Valued Patients,

We would like to thank you for the trust you have given us as your Pain Management providers. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, staff and community. In this unprecedented time, we are deeply committed to keeping everyone safe.

Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances Lags Medical Centers will be closing effective May 19th, 2021.”

Phrases such as “unforeseen circumstances” make it difficult to determine whether there was any patient abuse or billing issues that were deemed potential hazards. Also, a voluntary shutdown is unlikely without a threat behind it. 

We ask you to take advantage of the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Please share your story and experience with Lags Medical Center. As a reminder, the First Amendment states,

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Lags Medical Centers and Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta have an inherent right to due process of law under the Fourteenth Amendment. The Fourteenth Amendment states,

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Due to the complexity of medical billing and constantly changing insurance policies, billing is a separate function in the healthcare industry. Lags Medical Centers should be able to resolve any billing issue while continuing operations.  

Please note that we’re not insensitive or unaware of “opioid use disorder.” However, you would think that information would be readily available with a simple online search or presented by providers, but mostly just overdose and addiction criteria such as the:                                                                         

DSM-5

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

Check all that apply: 

Opioids are often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended. 

There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use. 

A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the opioid, use the opioid, or recover from its effects. 

Craving, or a strong desire to use opioids. 

Recurrent opioid use resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home.

Continued opioid use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of opioids. 

Important social, occupational or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of opioid use.

Recurrent opioid use in situations in which it is physically hazardous Continued use despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by opioids.

Tolerance, as defined by either of the following: (a) a need for markedly increased amounts of opioids to achieve intoxication or desired effect (b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of an opioid 

Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: (a) the characteristic opioid withdrawal syndrome (b) the same (or a closely related) substance are taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

If you do not meet these qualifiers for addiction and have been taking medication as prescribed, laws have not been broken. “Doctors are not criminals and we are not their addicts.”

Since overdose and illegal activity is a separate and individual law, and provider reasonability should not be a threat to the rest of us. 

Under these constitutional rights, Lags Medical Centers should be able to operate until they are charged and receive the outcomes of court decisions. We encourage you to support Lags Medical Centers and protect your rights to choose them as your healthcare provider. 

Please share your story, concerns, and experience in support of Lags Medical Centers.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to provide financial support for Dr. Francis Lagattuta and the Lags Medical Centers, the construction and maintenance of this site, and the Save Lags Medical Alliance.

Thank you in advance for your support.