When I was completing my medical training in the 1960s, an economic revolution was occurring in medicine. In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare Act and with that single sweep of his pen, he ushered in an influx of money into medicine, before unthinkable and unseen. Billions of dollars became available to US hospitals and healthcare providers, which initiated an upward spiral of costs in the healthcare system.
Some people applauded the availability of increased funds in that this allowed the introduction of expensive medical equipment and research that, before the funds were available, were not possible. They contended that this increase in technology could only result in a much higher level of medical care.
I saw things differently. Before 1966, almost all medical bills were paid directly to the physician by the patient. Medical health insurance, although available, was not common. The result of this was that the earning capacity of doctors was moderate. And because of this, the type of person that went into medicine was one who was motivated by their compassion and desire to help humanity.
This all changed in 1966. Yearly incomes for physicians nearly quadrupled almost overnight. The era of making big money in medicine had arrived, and inevitably, this attracted a different type of personality into medicine. It changed medicine from a healthcare profession into a healthcare business.
As a medical student I witnessed this occurring with a sick feeling in my stomach. I felt that the physicians’ compassion would be replaced by their drive to generate money.
And I knew that if this happened, it would completely change the landscape of medicine as I knew it at that time.
The Medical System Is No Longer Focused On Healing
In the year 2014, my worst fears have become reality – not only in the United States, but in other parts of the world where technology and economics have replaced the desire to help one’s fellow man.
Below are some examples of scenes I have recently witnessed. As a physician for over 44 years, I can only say that these occurrences greatly sadden me, as they are now defining what a physician has become.
Scene One: While sitting over two hours in a medical ward of a state run hospital, a man consumed with pain was waiting to be examined. Only a few feet away was a station manned by nurses and a physician. The doctor in charge walked over to the patient and said “Pain is all in your head – handle it.” He then walked away.
Scene Two: A woman maimed her thumb and was given 60 stitches by her doctor. Because a scab started forming over the stitches, she returned to the doctor, who proceeded to remove them without giving her a local anesthetic – a simple procedure that would have taken an extra four minutes of his time. As the woman was screaming in pain, the doctor had her lie with her feet up so she wouldn’t pass out. After four of the stitches were removed, the patient was unable to continue and left the office.
Routine medical examinations for patient admissions into the hospital are often done superficially, callously and with little regard for the patient’s comfort. A hurried exam is based on the fact that doctors are paid by the insurance company based on how many patients they see per hour. More patients mean more money.
Surgeons are often reluctant to talk with their patients post-surgically. In many cases, when they actually do come to talk with their patient, it’s usually done in a hurried manner with a hurried attitude. The reason for this is that surgeons are not paid for post operative visits and time lost with a post-op patient could have been profitably spent with a pre-op patient.
Not all doctors act in this way. I personally know some dedicated physicians who have maintained a high level of professionalism, compassion and caring for their patients. But as I get older, I’m finding it increasingly more difficult to locate others who practice as they do.
I’ve just recently read that by the middle of the century, humans will no longer be needed to administer medical care – it will all be done by machines and robotics. This will complete the evolution of medicine from a compassionate, caring profession to one totally devoid of emotions.
I’d like to end this piece on a positive note. Many websites exist on how to naturally restore and maintain your health and wellbeing. Two of my favorites are Dr. Mercola and Elaine Hollingsworth’s Doctors Are Dangerous, which passionately provide useful information to help you in your quest for a healthier body and happier life.
To read more about the way that “medicine as a business” limits your access to helpful alternative therapies, read my post Are Laws Keeping Your Doctor From Telling You About Alternative Treatments For Chronic Pain?
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
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