The Insidious Takeover of Medical Decision-Making

Guest Post from Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.:

Behind national statistics is a lingering fact healthcare in our country will deteriorate. This will come over the next decade and slowly be recognized by the public as a threat to hospitalized patients.

Please read the following commentary to protect yourself and loved ones from the insidious takeover of medical decision-making when greed and business devalues those who are vulnerable in our society.

Gene

Declining Life Expectancy

Many nations proudly tout “Life Expectancy” as a reflection of healthcare. In our country, this statistic has continually edged upward due to expanding technology, doctors/patient education, and vibrant emphasis on healthy lifestyles. A shift is occurring though as this number is destined to decline with hospital administrators, not physicians, making medical decisions impacting those who are the most vulnerable: Elder seniors in the ICU. Continue reading

Dr. K’s HC payment Timeline aka How we got into this Mess

Herb Kunkle, MD writes in:

The addiction to middlemen and conscription to the Fourth Branch of Govt and regulatory bodies probably began ~ 1929 when the first insurance company, covering Dallas/Ft Worth teachers was formed.

50 cents every other paycheck, only for catastrophic care, a simpler time.

-1944- With salaries and other benefits frozen during WWII, businesses start offering HC ins to retain/recruit employees.

-1965- Medicare/Medicaid/Govt begins to insert itself as you describe. HC costs, at that time 3-4% of GNP begin to soar. Approaching 20% today, and as E Bowles says- ‘The vapor that is driving our economy into the abyss.’ Continue reading