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and I'm crying as I'm writing. I live in Australia but everything you say is
happening here too. I was harmed horrendously by greedy doctors running a surgical
racket, and they look for the most trusting patients, because they are the easist
to exploit. I rarely went to the doctors, as I was rarely sick. It was scare tactic
TV ads for Pap smears, etc..that lead me to this female doctor of 40 years standing
who did Pap smears every week at the local Community Health Centre. She pretended
to be so altruistic and caring, but her true agenda was to find easy prey to sell
out to her gynaecological buddies for unnecessary radical hysterectoimies. The
mutilated 6 healthy organs and healthy lymph nodes from my body, and botched it so
badly that I'm left an invalid, and I haven't stopped crying from the agony I've
gone through since June 2005. The more severe the pain, the more I bleed out. But
I'm the one discredited and blacklisted by the whole system...So I understand
everything you are all saying. The system is not only broken, but very dangerous
and corrupt.....""June Gardner I have heard that about Australia and the UK. In
the UK just because the government runs healthcare doesn't mean the pharmaceutical
companies and medical device and equipment manufacturers don't have a grip on types
of treatments, scans and drugs that are administered. No matter where you are on
the planet they want to treat you from cradle to grave. The horror stories I have
read about both countries makes my skin crawl."I concur that Medicare should try to
recoup what it pays out for patients like me who finally get diagnosed under
Medicare and the proper surgeries. This medical care should have been provided by
the providers under my employer's insurance Cigna which turned a blind eye to my
complaints as well as media inquiries made on my behalf. There's no line in Cigna's
computer software to record member complaints I was told."One reason medical costs
are so inflated is that hospitals -- in order to maintain their non-profit status
-- write off losses. I suppose these losses are incurred by the talked about ER
patients without insurance who have no means to pay for being seen. I don't see
being seen as synonymous with getting proper health care, but many believe that if
you are seen in an ER, you are getting proper care. Hospitals have protocols
doctors must adhere to so instead of addressing the patient's complaint, they have
to run the same series of tests on every patient that comes in -- standard blood
tests, chest x-ray, etc. in order to ""rule out"" the most common health problems.
How about saving money by listening to the patient and addressing the patient's
concern rather than spending time and money on fictional illnesses that need to be
""ruled out.""""""Is TKR under attack by data analysts and federal agencies? I
think not, and here is why.""This is a quote from a recent article by ""McCann PD""
(what? no first name?!?) in his/her article ""Are We Doing Too Many TKR's?""
published in the American Journal of Orthopedics.Why would he/she even bring that
up?!?The brilliant argument compares patients to computers, and I quote: ""For
example, the number of computers used in the United States has increased
exponentially from 1991 until 2010. We clearly do not overuse computers!"" If I
were a debate team coach, McCann PD would get an ""F"" on this assignment. And
they would get an ""F"" for philosophy AND logic. But, it's orthopedic medicine,
so yeah, it's BRILLIANT!! {rolling eyes}And you know the article is a bunch of
crap when authors, who try to get their point across, use such silly non sequitors.
Pretty pathetic. ""Any formal fallacy will have a non-sequitor at its
conclusion."" Nigel Warburton, Thinking from A to Z, Routledge 1996)"Great information and
great ideas from the Summit. We will be updating you soon with information that
you can use to help all of us get justice and make a change.Me too! I now writing
up a page to start adding links and pictures too!Great to meet you!"Even in terms
of 1 life saved for 3 overtreated, there's a false assumption. They assume that
when they catch cancer, they are saving a life. That's simply not true. Many
cancers - even invasive ones - regress and disappear. Those are not factored in.And
when they say that they've saved a life, they're basing it on survival from time it
was discovered. That means that an earlier-found case might survive just past the
point when it would have been discovered without the mammogram - and that's not
life-saving, nor is beneficial in terms of quality of life.There may be a place for
mammograms, but it's definitely not in this wholesale approach.""I agree with you