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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Harm from Medical Care

As we have maintained in many discussions, we have medical care, not health care.

This paradigm is created and regulated by Big Pharma and Big Insurance. The current smoke and mirrors game being played to make you believe there will be better access to medical care is misplaced.

Your health is directly related to what you do to for prevention and proper nutrition. It is also incumbent on you to learn as much as possible about supplements, herbs, and whole food to keep your health.

Health is your most precious asset and it is your responsibility to protect and enhance it.
When healthcare can cause harm
July 7, 2009, UPI

U.S. healthcare can cause harm when the focus is on providing services instead of improving health, two physicians said in a commentary.

Dr. Charles M. Kilo, chief executive officer of GreenField Health in Portland, Ore., and co-author Dr. Eric B. Larson of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle distinguish health from healthcare -- asserting one can never have too much health but with overuse of medicine one can get so much healthcare it causes harm.

"Although healthcare's objective should be to improve health, its primary emphasis has been on producing services," the authors said in a statement.

Fee-for-service payment encourages using more treatment, new technology and extra testing, the researchers said. These additional services, and their attendant extra costs, may harm health, they said.

Kilo and Larson wrote in the Journal of American Medical Association that the cost pressure that healthcare places on employers, individuals and families has become so significant healthcare may well be inducing aggregate harm to the health of communities when the cost shift involved in funding healthcare is taken into account.

In addition to direct harm from healthcare, which includes adverse physical and emotional effects, indirect harm comes from the collateral effect of the opportunity cost of healthcare spending -- money spent on healthcare that could have been spent on education, jobs and environmental quality, all important determinants of health, the authors said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Concierge medicine is driven by patient dissatisfaction over our present fast-food medical model of HMOs, PPOs and a failing Medicare system. Patients love the time they have with their concierge doctors. Doctors love having the time to do what they were trained to do. Unless primary care medicine becomes more attractive to young doctors, by implementing models such as concierge medicine, no one will opt for a career in internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics and the shortage of primary care doctors will only worsen. I have experience of a concierge level providing me medication with care at the highest level of comfort. The amount of comfort and relaxation provided by these concierge medications makes hospital a better place to visit. Their wellness program allows me to have a direct access to my personal physician via phone and email, but also in the emergency situation which I had because of having a heart attacks, physician came home and also were present in the emergency room to expedite my care. They provided me a patient care concierge who managed all my transportation and accommodation. All this meant a lot to me when it comes to health. It is like you do. Thank you, Brate