Is Government Practicing Medicine Without License?

[Reply from Dr. Michael Strickland to a question posed, and a noted attorney’s citation of a Supreme Court decision (NYLCARE) indicating otherwise]

The government (and swarms of others, health insurers first and foremost) ARE practicing medicine without license.  If the Supreme Court says otherwise, then they are either wrong, or the legislature is wrong in the law it is writing.  Highly trained and experienced medical professionals are, overnight (although creeping in very slowly for years before the cultural revolution of MAObama – and I say this as one who voted for the President, and initially supported healthcare reform) being directed, day by day and minute by minute, how to practice our profession, like puppets on strings, by untrained individuals who do not assume responsibility for the consequences, as do the patient and the physician.  How can it be practice without license to step into the exam room or the OR as an unstrung actor and perform these actions, and not to string and restrain highly trained actors, and perform these exact same actions on living feeling patients at their most vulnerable, and with the exact same consequences?  It is no different, regardless of legal technicality.  If the law or the court say slavery is right, it is still wrong!  I will share the stories of a number of cases, where patients have unnecessarily suffered and died (not to mention vast sums of money wasted) as a result, if desired. Continue reading

Let My Doctor Practice

Dear Physician Colleague,

There are many issues these days that confront physicians and American health care. Most doctors we know are fed up and frustrated. But why all the angst? What has pushed us over the edge? Why now? There is a common denominator here: Those of us who are clinicians and in the active practice of medicine feel that we are being told by those outside of medicine how to practice medicine. We are losing physician autonomy. We are told how to use an EMR and what is meaningful in an EMR. Forces are intruding into the doctor-patient relationship by those who are untrained and unlicensed. Finally, health care insurance companies have a monopoly power over us. Continue reading