The NY Times questions too much medical care? Maybe the wrong type of thinking is the problem.
Many of you have had the experience of visiting a doctor, who does not understand what they are looking at based on your symptoms and you find yourself going from doctor to doctor to doctor…
This money pit used to be fully covered, so many of us while we found it an inconvenience, only noticed the co payment. When the bills came, it sometimes added up to thousands of dollars with every doctor looking into the darkened room trying to find the light switch and that ah ha momemt; the diagnosis.
Often, the diagnosis just leads to a pill; try this, try that, this side effect, that side effect, yet the problem still exists.
This model is the basis of the medical monopoly, which trains and maintains their stature through medical schools, drug companies, hospitals and their influence on both insurance company and even government health policy. Most people do not realize that this is a huge cost driver for all of us who yearly pay more for less insurance benefits.
In todays invironment, many people are beginning to say no, or visit other providers such as chiropractors and are finding out these other providers who are usually not the first referral unless the problem is back pain are quite cost effective, and their knowledge of the musculoskeletal system points out the problem in today’s medical system: few medical providers understand that many of the symptoms they see in their offices have a musculoskeletal basis, and as a result, these people are sent for testing, and more testing, and more specialists who also have little training in evaluation and treatment of the musculoskeletal system.
Perhaps, as a matter of public policy, the elephant in the room is the lack of training in 55% of the body leaving a huge knowledge hole, something that can be fixed over time through medical schools as well as weekend seminars which offer doctors CEU’s they require for yearly relicensure anyway.
This would surely affect the costs of care and improve its quality in the US of A. Check out the NY Times article
A few years ago, my daughter sprained her ankle at dance camp. What happened next offers a glimpse into some of the problems in our nation’s health care system.
For years, we’ve been hearing that the United States spends more on health care than any other country, even as it lags far behind other countries in terms of quality of care.
he numbers are staggering. Health spending in the United States neared $2.6 trillion in 2010 – that’s 10 times the $256 billion spent in 1980. The Institute of Medicine estimates that in 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, the country spent about $210 billion on unnecessary medical services.
Broken down, this means that the United States spends about $8,000 per person annually on health care – that’s about 50 percent more than Norway and Switzerland. In the United States, hospital stays are far more expensive than those in other countries, averaging about $18,000 per discharge, compared with less than $10,000 in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany.