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Faith in Medical Doctors

Or the lack thereof...  

When one considers the horrendous conflicts of interest in Medical Research , the highly questionable value of Vaccines (other than to the bottom line profit of the pharmaceutical companies), the emphasis on legalized Drug Pushers, the eagerness of governmental Drug Enforcers to outlaw alternative health remedies simply because they don’t provide drug companies with high enough profits, while at the same time, enthusiastically prescribing horrific mind-control substances such as Ritalin, et al...  Small wonder that people are losing confidence in the medical establishment.  Faith in Medical Doctors?  Are you kidding me?  

To be fair, we might ask if all medical doctors are deserving of such scorn.  Probably not.  But when nurses and many other health practitioners are still held in high esteem, and Mds much less so, one has to ask, what’s the difference?  How about Money.  

The journal of the American College of Physicians has, for example, suggested that society is losing confidence in physicians’ ability to curb their greed (or more generously, their appetite for money).  In the group’s official publication, The Annals of Internal Medicine, there was noted a public loss of faith in medical ethics.    

In part, this loss could be seen in efforts by the U. S. government to crack down on physician fraud.  A 1996 government report, for example, showed that Medicare had overpaid providers (i.e. doctors and hospitals) by more than $23 billion dollars in a single year.  This caused a public debate over fraud in federal health insurance programs for the poor and elderly, and led to federal officials vigorously enforcing ethics statutes.  The very fact that laws are need to protect patients from their physicians milking them for their ability to provide federal dollars was considered... well... not a good thing.

The journal’s editorial, written by Dr. M. Gregg Bloche, a medical doctor and legal expert at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, noted that, “Physicians should heed the sobering message the laws send -- Americans have lost faith in their physicians' ability to restrain themselves when tempted by money.”  

Adding fuel to the fire, the Federation of State Medical Boards noted that 1997 saw a “slight increase” in actions against physicians for misconduct such as insurance fraud, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct.  While 44 percent of disciplinary actions amounted to a loss of license or license privileges, this was on the basis of “actions taken against physicians”, and did not necessarily represent a large percentage of those doctors actually committing ethical and legal crimes.   

Almost classic in its approach to the problem, the American College of Physicians said that, “Restoration of people’s confidence in the medical profession’s willingness to keep faith at the bedside should be a higher priority for physicians than criticism of the fraud and abuse laws.”   

Well, yeah.  Duh.  

It has often been said that to get to the root of any problem, “follow the money”.  And if in the process, you run out of money -- then you’re unlikely to be on the trail of the actual problem.  But if the numbers keep adding up...  

When doctors accept products, gifts, trips, fees, and what not for attending promotional events for Drug Pushers (aka pharmaceutical companies) and the like, advocate and sit on committees of Drug Enforcers in order to force policy into a mode compatible with and in the best interests of profiteers from the Corporate State, and turn a blind eye to the obvious and odious conflicts of interest in Medical Research and all the other, numerous deceptions, then small wonder that people who take the time to look into the problem lose faith in the honesty, integrity, and morality of medical doctors.   

Perhaps, it’s time to clean up the medical professional act!  Nurse it back to health, so to speak.  And then perhaps, medical doctors might take on the mantle of healer, and begin prescribing Inexpensive Remedies and the like.  Some, of course, already do.  But keep in mind that they must be cautious, as they could lose their licenses for such healing work!  The AMA does not take kindly to people getting healthy and not needing them anymore.  


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