Just what is the leading cause of both death and injury in the United States? You may have already guessed – the U.S. Health Care System itself. Surprise! And you thought all that was needed in health care reform was fiscal responsibility.
Despite the best intentions of both sides of the Obamacare spectacle, health care system reformers are still missing the one area which needs the most reform: eliminating human error and ethical accountability.
Please consider these following facts:
* In 2005 there were 2.2 million persons having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions to prescribed medicine.
* In 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported more than 20 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions were given for viral infections.
* There were 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually.
* Unnecessary hospital stays run today in the range of 8.9 million persons. (1)
And these are only a few of the instances of the “unnecessary” found in need of health care reform. We have to assume that these were accidental incidents; however, considering the United States in 2003 paid more than $1.6 trillion in health care costs, the question has to be asked, “just what is causing these expenses?” There is a root cause.
Part of that answer is that our u.s. health care system is putting the emphasis not in preventive care which is much safer, less expensive, and natural but rather in technology which is totally profit-driven.
a) For the most part, u.s. health care as taught, perpetrated and protected by the American Medical Association, medical schools and the U.S. government does not take into account how stress affects and even alters the immune system functions. Arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and virtually all auto-immune system diseases are all precipitated by excessive stress on the body to some degree. Add to this factor improper nutrition and one has set the stage for disaster.
b) Unfortunately, medical science does not focus enough on the areas of adequate exercise and proper nutrition. The recent fiascoes of the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Dept. of Agriculture, (USDA), over the past few years, (remember the infamous food pyramid which stressed carbohydrates as the prime way to go?), seem to indicate that even governmental agencies are subject to the financially manipulative interests of the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Just yesterday, it was reported that USDA findings of randomly sampled eggs from across the country discovered average large eggs have 14 percent less cholesterol than earlier surveys indicated and 64 percent more vitamin D. I believe someone needs to give eggs an apology. Of course, the report said nothing about eggs having high cholesterol contents of the “good cholesterol” HDL type and not the “bad”. Neither did the report conveniently mention that HDL is one of the primary fighters of heart disease. (2)
Next time your cardiologist tells you to cut down on eggs, please refer him to the latest USDA findings.
c) Correctly attributing sickness and disease to the appropriate culprits in illnesses is another area of gross negligence by U.S. health care: allowing processed foods grown in chemically altered or tampered soil is one instance of intentional irresponsibility bordering on criminal medical negligence. Also worth mentioning is exposing the public to environmental toxins. And this does not take into consideration the field of genetically modified foods (GMF).
Whereas politicians and insurance companies are stressing the financial aspect of health care reform, health care reform should be instead focusing on preventive health care void of the pressures of profit-driven pharmaceutical and health-related companies.
When taken into consideration, it is almost evident that modern medical technology and its procedures many times do more harm than good: most poorly tested but government approved medical technology, diagnostic testings, overuse of medical and surgical procedures, and overuse of pharmaceutical drugs bring in the verdict as guilty.
If the leaders of government and the U.S. health care system truly desire to bring health care reform then they had better look elsewhere other than the bottom line of a company’s financial earnings sheet.