How Healthcare Became A System That Creates Sickness - Follow the Money

Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 2 weeks ago to Business
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"As your readers try to make sense of the American health system and its response to COVID, they may benefit from a brief summary of the system's current business model from someone on the inside.

It's my hope that it will help them make sense of what is going on around them.

I read, see, and hear others inside the system scared for their livelihoods if they speak out and I'm ashamed of myself, as my livelihood no longer depends on my silence.

So I'm sharing this to speak for those who can't.

For reasons beyond the scope of this study, and aside from a (very) few service lines, the delivery of healthcare is a low margin affair. Unless one keeps their overhead very low, profit is difficult to achieve.

Yet, the consolidated health systems which increasingly dominate the landscape are clearly high-overhead concerns, what with their staggering management bandwidth, gleaming palaces of healing, and obscene executive compensation."

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  • Posted by Aeronca 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I loved going to the doctor as a kid. I loved medicine, I wanted to be a doctor. My doctor used to wheel a giant skeleton out of a closet and dump a coffee cup of liquid nitrogen on the floor as it rolled out. He was something. A great family country doctor. He left the golf course to go meet my Dad in the office for a low blood pressure problem, on a Sunday.

    He did everything, like all doctors did.

    Now it truly is an assembly line. You go in, tell them what you need, and that's no privacy. Then a salaried person weighs you, measures your vitals, and asks you all the questions that the doctor used to ask you, and types it into the computer, with AI prompting the medical tech further questions to ask you. Now you're all sliced diced bagged and tagged for the doctor. Or more likely the PA or NP.

    They come in, already knowing what they think they need with their mind made up. They don't want to listen to you because you are wasting their time. The idiot who works a scale, BP cuff and thermometer already diagnosed you.

    My childhood family doctor, when the Accountable Healthcare Act passed into law, he closed his practice. After reading everything he would have to do, all the mountains of overhead, extra employees, paperwork, administrators, etc...he just up and flew to Galt's Gulch. I Quit he said.

    Thank you Obama you ruined a good doctor and his practice.

    The thing is, don't get sick.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    You've certainly got that pegged. I waltzed around with the Federal Idiocy for a few years and I can tell you some of the people inside have more power than their little brain can hold.
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