The Fallacy of Healthcare in the United States, ... that our Healthcare system delivers "health."
(forgive me for pulling some stats from Wikipedea, but I was pressed for time)
Yes, "healthcare" is expensive. Health care spending in the US per capita is $8,608, the highest of any nation on earth. While we spend the most, our health care system finishes in virtually last place among the so called more civilized, technologically advanced and wealthy nations.
"Of 17 high-income countries studied by the National Institutes of Health in 2013, the United States had the highest or near-highest prevalence of infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancies, injuries, homicides, and disability." Healthcare in the United States. Wikipedia.
Read that again. The US has the near-highest infant mortality rate of the richest nations. We have the most aggressive vaccination schedule, yet we have the highest infant mortality.
The system that we refer to as "healthcare," that supposedly exists to treat and cure sickness, and that we place such high priority on - as if we will die if we cannot have access to it, - this system is sham; a fallacy; a failure; a lie. The title of the system, "Healthcare System" is a misnomer. A more appropriate title would be "sick care," "drug care" or perhaps, "symptom treatment." The US "healthcare" system does nothing to prevent disease or create personal health. The primary emphasis is on treating symptoms without understanding what caused the symptoms in the first place.
Here is what health service is in the US:
Spending up to 25% of your income on health insurance; getting vaccines, check ups, then getting prescriptions for drugs, then getting prescriptions for more drugs, then having operations and spending time in hospitals, and then getting cancer, and then chemo, then running out of money, Hospice, then dying. Does that sound like "health?" That's what we're being sold as Healthcare.
I will not use the word "patient(s)" in the medical sense (doctor's patient), in this article. Instead, I will use the word "consumer," as the system seeks to maximize consumption of medical services and products, until the the user is "consumed." So you see, "consumer has a double meaning.
It should be obvious that for all the research, medicine, treatments and facilities, that the promise of medical research has not delivered "health".
We have more and newer diseases:
- More obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, Alzheimer's, autism,
- Newer diseases created by medical research: lyme disease, MRSA; (likely, HIV/AIDS, and new variants of influenza, and bird flu)
- Diseases of unknown origin: Gulf War Syndrome, morgellons, PTSD, just to name a few;
- and invented diseases: ADHD., not only in children, but now adult ADHD. "Requires" life-long medication.
What happened with the "War an Cancer?" Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971. Where is the cure we were supposed to have? Doesn't this tell us that this is all about money? Of course they are still raising money to do research. I'm sure the cure must be just within reach now. Your donation will make a difference.
I would like to define the system that is considered to be "health care" in the US.
The "Health Care" system is the corporate, governmental and educational system in the US that controls the commerce and delivery of services (and drugs) that are defined as health services. The system controls the definitions of disease and treatments. It controls the educational system for training those who work in the healthcare industry and in the government bureaucratic agencies. It controls the substances (approved drugs) that may be used to treat disease. It goes as far as to control the information that may be given to the public: information that could provide natural cures, that cannot be patented is criminalized by the FDA.
The system is a web of government and corporate alliances. This "web" is not a conspiracy theory but an actual network of interconnected government agencies, corporations & media and universities. The UN belongs to the system too. The "Stakeholders" in the "National Vaccine Program" reflect the pervasiveness of this web: HHS, CDC, CMS, FDA, the military, DARPA, teaching and research universities, State and local governments, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance providers, the UN and WHO, UNESCO, in all about three pages of entities. And don't forget the White House.
This system has no interest in providing true health. The best it can do is the "Food Pyramid". The food that the average US consumer consumes, has become a mix of GMO by-products tainted with chemicals and preservatives in a box or package. Food allergies and unknown allergies have become problematic and have increased as GMO food consumption has increased. The FDA lets corporations like Monsanto have their own way with our food supply -because corporate Monsanto lawyers work in the FDA. Key FDA positions are populated with lawyers and officers from Merk and Monsanto.
Prevention as far as the HHS ad CDC is concerned, means vaccinations and mammograms. They don't care about health or prevention. It's not even in their vocabulary except in terms of getting vaccines. Do vaccinations prevent disease? Remember that US babies are the most vaccinated on earth, and also have close to the highest mortality rate of wealthy nations. Senior citizens are encouraged to get flu shots as their effectiveness decreases with age, being virtually useless after age 65, though the side effects and toxic metals in the flu shot are no less dangerous.
If the medical establishment, pharmaceutical industry and government was really concerned about health, they would allow us to practice true preventative measures, allow us to have natural food, allow us to have natural treatments and non FDA (drug cartel) approved treatments
Healthcare in the US is all about how the pharmaceutical industry and medical establishment are enabled to get high rates for their products and mandated services. ACA "Affordable Healthcare Act" makes sure that people will be required to have insurance to pay for medical services that they are virtually required to have. For the average US health consumer (health care is all about consuming health services), prescription drugs are the primary product and emphasis. Virtually the only function of medical doctors is to determine if you need to have drugs prescribed for you. It is very common for health consumers to have a formulary list of 15 to even 30 prescription drugs that they take.
It always starts out with one or two drugs ...
...that are prescribed because a consumer had some kind of symptom. After taking the drugs, a new symptom may occur. This is treated as a new disease. Additional drugs are prescribed. As the person ages and his/her health also declines while taking the drugs and getting the recommended yearly vaccinations, new physical problems occur and new drugs are prescribed. Eventually, because the food most people eat is garbage, new health problems will occur and new drugs will be prescribed. The doctors do not have the time to analyze the possible drug interaction side affects and even if they did, it would be impossible to know how 20 separate drugs will interact. The medical doctor almost never focuses on life-style and nutritional problems. There is no chemical deficiency in the human body that must be satisfied by a statin drug. The drug prescription cycle is a death cycle.
I am 62 years old and I do not take any prescripiton drugs. I will never get on the prescription drug train. It's like smoking. Once you start prescription drugs, how do you stop? What is the exit strategy? Do doctors eventually wind down the drugs a patient is on, or do they keep adding more? Many drugs are prescribed for life. What is the exit strategy? The exit strategy is death - and maybe a penniless death after all your money has gone to the insurance and drug companies.
I regret that this position may be offensive to some people as they may have a personal and health investment in the health care/medical system, e.g. you may be relying on prescription drugs for some condition. I understand the emotional conflict. People feel like there is no alternative to drugs and the medical system.
And actually, we are conditioned by the system to think exactly that, - that there is no alternative. I believe in second opinions. I believe in questioning the established order and in independent thinking. I believe in making an independent choice that is not swayed by corporate product advertising.
-- I have opted out of the US health care system.
As a disclaimer, I do not give medical advice; I do not advise that the reader should discontinue any drug(s) prescribed by his/her doctor. My views on this topic are entirely my own opinion.
My next installment on the topic of Health Care will discuss the political motives and possible economic consequences of the government controlled Health Care.