(Snippets from the frontline)
Some of the “best and brightest” have become medical doctors. They endure rigorous training caring for the health and well-being of those ill in our country.
Several decades ago a transformation took place in healthcare. It was becoming too expensive, hospitals were going into bankruptcy, and evidence-based care was falling through the cracks.
A knight in shining armor came to the rescue, our government, promising improvement to bring us out of the dark ages. Little did we know changes were being made by legislators creating laws written by lobbyists from the insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital industries.
Of course, congresspeople were exempt from these new laws, while some physicians even jumped on the business bandwagon.
Medical decision-making is now made by paper pushers and bean counters usurping responsibilities of experienced doctors. They deny medical care, treatment, medication, while increasing individual out-of-pocket expenses as business greed reaps huge profits.
US life expectancy still ranks low compared to other industrialized countries, and our healthcare remains the most expensive in the world.
In the meantime, the “best and brightest” are now a commodity.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.