Retired Arkansas doctor writes off patients’ $650,000 medical debt

SAN FRANCISCO — The kind gesture of a recently retired Arkansas oncologist is getting national attention.

Doctor Omar Atiq grew increasingly concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on his former patients.

“So that they care about something other than getting healthy,” Omar Atiq said. “It’s not fair.”

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Doctor Atiq decided to give them a hand.

For his 200 former patients, he erased their medical debt. A total of $650,000.

He sent them a greeting card informing them, writing, “The clinic has decided to waive all balances owed to the clinic by its patients.”

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“They are like our extended family. There is no greater honor, there is no greater honor than to serve as a doctor,” Atiq said. “And if I was lucky enough to be able to help out a bit, I’m delighted.”

Doctor Atiq, father of four children, has been a doctor for 30 years.

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