This is a commentary written in response to an article published in Surgical Neurology International and penned by the retiring neurosurgeon Dr. Clinton Frederick Miller that was highly critical of American medicine. He opines that a major overhaul, or rather overturn, of the American health care is necessary to correct the myriad of alleged abuses he perceives in the system. In his quest for reform, Dr. Miller also made a pitch toward supporting ObamaCare as a stepping stone in the implementation of socialized medicine in the US.
If you asked most physicians in the past what one thing characterized their profession, the most likely answer would have been fierce independence. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. We have been and continue to be battered from an all-out assault of collectivist forces that infest our society and the legal profession that drains our substance. As a result of this assault, we have become daunted — lot, leaderless, frightened, and overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness and doom in the face of sundry forces working tirelessly to affect our demise.
As I await the dawn of my professional career, just weeks away from medical school graduation, I pause to reflect upon the long and arduous process that has led up to this point in time. Was it worth the long days and nights in the classroom, laboratories, and medical center? Was it worth the agony of time spent away from family and the loss of any semblance of a personal life?
Dear Dr. Faria,
Written by two reporters, this book contains a wealth of information about the history and inner workings of the American Medical Association since its founding in 1847. It is divided into two parts. The first covers how the AMA is organized, the history of its development, its ongoing battle against compulsory health insurance, a description of its political action committee (AMPAC), and a discussion of its support for the business ethic. The second covers the AMA's response to health issues including alternative medicine, the tobacco problem, abortion, and the AIDS epidemic.
It was apparent to both politicians and informed observers at the outset that Canada's compulsory socialized medicine scheme (now going on 42 years since the first tentative political steps were taken) would have enormous political appeal.
The physician should be contemptuous of money, interested in his work,
self-controlled, and just. Once he is possessed of these basic virtues,
he will have all others at his command as well.
Can the Medical Profession Survive Flexible Ethics?*
By the year 2010, all remaining physicians will be housed in penitentiaries, where they will have been placed thanks to the effectiveness of the False Claims Act, Kassebaum-Kennedy, and the AMA/HCFA E&M Guidelines. These places will have been renamed "meditentiaries," since all of the other "penitents" will have been released because "reasons" for their maleficent actions will have been explained away by the social experts. Thus rehabilitated it will have been deemed safe to release them.
High Crimes and Misdemeanors and Impeachment
Prostitution, "the oldest profession," is the sale for money of what, between lovers, may be life's most precious experience. As a result, this "oldest profession" is held in the lowest esteem.
Despite the assurances by managed care proponents that health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and other forms of managed care would solve the duel problem of spiraling health care costs and the rising number of the uninsured, that has not been the case. Public-private partnerships and managed care health initiatives which have been promoting the herding of workers and Medicaid and Medicare patients into HMOs have likewise failed to alleviate those problems, at least for the long haul.
Congratulations on your piece on Ritalin. You and the Medical Sentinel have done a good public service. The average citizen is not aware of how the estate is taking over the life of people by the use of pseudo-medicine. What you observe about "ADHD" can apply to "mental illness," well discussed by Thomas Szasz in The Therapeutic State and other books by him.
Nelson Borelli, MD
Lawsuit Filed Against HHS and Medical Privacy Rule
Over the next three to four years, during President George W. Bush's second term in office, we can expect the United States Congress to continue to move in the direction of improving access and quality of medical care via the implementation of affordable, free market solutions, particularly Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).