The Healthcare Dragon
by Ben Wofford, M.D.
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John Benjamin Wofford, M.D.—“Dr. Ben”—grew up in rural Arkansas during the depression of the 1930s, worked in small-town newspaper offices, served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during the final year of World War II and then the Korean War. After the war, he went to college on the G.I. Bill, then to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Memphis—this last undertaking financed with part-time jobs, loans, and scholarships.
A third of Dr. Wofford’s professional career was spent as an Emergency Medicine specialist, the rest as a family practitioner. He retired in 1990, stayed home one week, and then returned to part-time emergency room work. He retired again in 1994, stayed home a month, then returned to family practice. He retired a third time in 2001 and stayed home a whole year. Troubled by the plight of the uninsured, he opened a small office over the H&W Drug Store in Newton, N.C., and called it The Clinic for People Without Health Insurance. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
Aviation has been part of Wofford’s life from his early days in Arkansas. There was something fascinating about those old crop-dusters working the fields. One even crashed into a big oak tree near his home! (The pilot walked away, unscathed.) By 1946, he was at the controls of an airplane himself.
In the course of a lifetime, Wofford has been a printer’s devil, a sailor, an aviator, and a doctor. That’s a pot from which stories boil continually. Printer’s ink having gotten into his blood early, it was only natural that a parallel career in writing should evolve. With three books published and deeply concerned about the uninsured, he wrote The Healthcare Dragon, hoping that something good would come of it.