The Laugh is On You:
Why Medical Reform is a Joke
Care Reform has been a hot topic for years. Now it is in the hands of
the Supreme Court of the United States of America. This is a sober
moment for lawyers and justices, commentators and media, patients, and
you, the public. But if YOU only really KNEW the medical system a
little better, you might be laughing instead of fighting and fretting.
Here are a baker's dozen of reasons to laugh about so-called health
There is no such thing as health care. Physicians know next to nothing
about health. They never take a single course in health. They only know
about disease, and not all that much about many of them.
follows that there is simply no such thing as health insurance. All we
have is disease insurance, which very often adds to the cost of medical
care because physicians believe in their disease model. They test and
test and test at your expense.
3) The present medical model
promotes spending, duplication and waste -- regardless of any intended
reform. This pattern has been developing since the 1940s, when Tinsley
Harrison, the famed editor of a textbook on internal medicine named
after him, wrote about "the present-day tendency towards a five-minute
history followed by a five-day barrage of special tests in the hope
that the diagnostic rabbit may suddenly emerge from the laboratory
hat." Think how much worse it has gotten in 70 years.
bottom line very often in the medical office, clinic, and hospital is
income not care or service. The whole system caters to medical
professionals and not human beings in the grasp of patienthood. We have
medicine meant mainly for doctors not people.
5) Physicians use
protocols, guidelines, algorithms, and most of all, guess work to
pursue diagnoses of patient problems. Your physician generally knows
only tidbits about the medications s/he prescribes, less about diseases
diagnosed, and practically nothing about the human beings who consult
6) If you only knew how little your doctor knows about
so many diseases. There are dozens of ways your physician can and does
say "I don't know," while using medical terminology and professional
verbosity to make you think otherwise.
7) Physicians get paid
for dealing with illness, not with making you well. Job security and
income are based on keeping you coming to the clinic and the hospital,
not for helping you stay home and at work.
8) Medics takes
bigger and bigger bites out of western economies because we believe
they KNOW what they are doing. Most of the time, they use tests,
procedures and scientific propaganda to hide their ignorance. Our
ignorance and their ignorance add up to large medical bills.
We live in an age of technology which has taken men to the moon. We
imagine physical and medical scientists to be akin to rocket
scientists. But we have yet to usefully understand arthritis, diabetes,
high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, schizophrenia, etc. The
list is almost endless.
10) Clinics and hospitals are memorials
to disease, not healing. Today, hospitals are treated as shrines and
physicians as priests. Yet, how holy, healthy, and healing are they
11) Medical and cancer centers get larger and larger,
and more and more expensive -- but not because people are cured.
Cancer, like many other modern diseases, is largely incurable for the
simple fact that its causes are almost totally unknown. How can such a
disease be reasonably treated and dealt with when its causes are yet
12) Westerners pay huge bills for medical care which
may be no more effective than the machinations of witch doctors. They
actually may be less effective while costing fantastically more money.
Many witch doctors and shamans work for free.
NEVER give guarantees on their treatments and surgeries. If any thing
goes wrong, you suffer physical, emotional, financial and other
consequences. You pay for doctors' mistakes.
Why do patients and
the public accept this and so many other blatantly absurd situations
when they put themselves in medical hands? I have commented a number of
times to friends about the POWER of a physician: "How many people do
you know whom you might meet and within 10 minutes you will be willing
to get naked at their request? And pay to do it?"
come to mind at the present. One is a physician, the other is a
prostitute. Both take your money -- often under questionable
circumstances. They may leave you feeling better for a few moments, but
the long term effects may not be good for your health -- physical,
financial and otherwise. And, that's no joke.