my answer to the healthcare crisis is to have more comprehensive anatomy and physiology instruction at all levels of education, and do without doctors and make all prescriptions available over the counter.
this is not necessarily a serious proposal, and more of a “we might as well at this rate” consideration. fact is, the path they took from the very beginnings of the medical industry, could be a case of wrong forks in the road. so i just went to two of those forks, and reversed it.
one fork, is how the populace is kept ignorant of their own health and the function of their own bodies. that was decided. and worked out very conveniently for the food industry as well. so reverse that. make it reading, writing, math, and biology. put it up there instead of having the obvious omission.
and then we have the fork in the road, of making certain drugs prescription only. which is a fancy word for saying you have to get permission from someone higher –on a social and professional level– before being allowed to buy certain medicines–even when you have plenty of access to funds. your money isn’t good enough, because you aren’t good enough. is put under “protection of the populace” — but who are they protecting?
the fact that you can abuse just about any substance, from paint thinner to hand sanitizer, indicates that the selection of items that are prescription only is based more upon their necessity (for saving lives or curing disease) than upon the “abuse-ability” factor. ? it’s all a kind of extortion. if you want to split hairs.
so if the healthcare system is this big a cluster- f*ck at this point…. do an about face and go back to the forks in the road. i just picked the two that shaped the entire medical industry the most. because I’m sick of the entire ridiculous nature of it all. we’d be better off selling rattles and doing voodoo dances, than we are now with a system as likely to kill you as cure you. and then the trump answer is to regulate new medications less and release them to the public sooner.
so frack me, frack it all. i don’t even know if it’s best to keep medicine completely in the hands of government, or completely out of the hands of government.
the entire insurance industry is a racket… a legalized ponzi scheme. it is a con as big as cons get. however, as long as it is useful, such as with car insurance guaranteeing a relative degree of return and protection for being part of the $ juggling…. and house insurance, with a relative return. or at least a random one. but when you have life insurance, that actually works with the percentage of projection that you will be unable to pay the premium at some point, and forfeit what you already contributed. so that is a further con of profiteering. and when the medical insurance, collaborates with the medical industry for a disproportional rise in the pricing of medical services for the sake of more kickbacks than you can shake a stick at….
i mean, the clue that it had gone a little too far should have been when a $1 box of tissues showed up on hospital bills as $50 or more. seems to me i’ve heard of it ranging as high as $200. and then the nurses would replace the box of tissues every day, even if only a few were used. they would bring a new box and throw out the old. and that’s one, silly example. but it’s indicative of why there is most certainly a problem with the medical industry and the medical insurance industry… in the first place. whole thing is corrupt from one end to the other, with the only real maxim to be in business. to stay in business. to make sure the business lives, even if the patients do not.
and i have no clue how to fix this wide ranging degree of corruption. a lot of good is done, too. i know that. but i also know that many measures could be taken to ensure a more healthy populace…. that are NOT being taken. water quality, air quality, accident probabilities, weapon accessibility….etc. the decisions are those that give MORE business to the medical industry, not less. and then you can get into the natural medicine and herbal, or vitamins … and that industry… find it all spirals downhill from there.
so many dominoes stacked up on this……
and it’s nothing. NOTHING, compared to the oil and car industry. but is working with the car industry, not against it. the positioning to climb in and out of automobiles messes up backs….. and that’s so much the better for the medical industry. the pollution increases odds of respiratory disease. so much the better for the medical industry. accidents increase need for patching up and for having a hospital on every corner, speed limits put in the hands of government. and decided according to what? according to getting you there faster than taking a train. so high speed trains are out ………… it’s all a mess. there is no way for it not to be at this rate, and from the sheer convenience of you scratch my back i’ll scratch yours.
so i seriously don’t know what, where, or how to go at this point — and i don’t care. reality is always fun –the point was tipped long ago, to where needs for profit outweighed needs for humanitarian considerations. and I’m a capitalist. but frack me…. this isn’t capitalism. this is just plain old letting the cheats rule.
and that is why my answer to the healthcare crisis is to have more comprehensive anatomy and physiology instruction at all levels of education, and do without doctors and make all prescriptions available over the counter. because in the famous words of our fearless leader, “what do we have to lose?” sink or swim. we’re going to be swimming soon, anyway.
and you might say, it’s better to uphold an industry that employs so many people and does so much good (in between its desire to fleece willing sheep). and you might be right. might be the best thing that ever happened to our nation. might be worth all the time, and aggravation, and yes … even insurance payments. but i kind of dream of a different world– one that not only doesn’t have $50 boxes of tissues added to bills, among other things. but one that never did. and you might say that human life is worth it — that human life is the most precious thing and we must pay every price possible to those saving human lives. but we have done that. down to $300 thermometers and $50 tissues and down to million+ dollar diagnostic machines, scheduled to break even only after 20,000 patients served.
i know how this game is played. most people at least guess at how it is played. kind of hard to miss the pharma lists of side-effects, and the reps sitting in waiting rooms with patients — all bright and shiny and ready to hawk the next thing your doctor will prescribe. all that power, over lives and bodies. and who gets heard the most, the patient — or the sales rep? and there are gems of doctors, of course there are. doesn’t stop the industry from being corrupt. doesn’t make it less corrupt. doesn’t make it less of a monopoly — with set prices that don’t vary substantially from provider to provider. it’s just a different type of monopoly.
so oh well……….. i was going to end this at “we’re going to be swimming soon, anyway.” just had a few more things i wanted to say. i seriously, seriously, do not know what is the answer to the healthcare crisis in this country. i just know i’m sick of all the cheats. i know that i don’t believe greed justifies the abandonment of integrity. i know that any kind of dependency, does not warrant extortion. sometimes people are just needy, and you should do what you can for them as a fellow human being. i know i’m a basic, garden variety idiot. am a soapbox preacher of the worst sort.
i just wish i could fix this thing. i had a vision, while standing at the intersection outside the Walgreens store. several months or years ago. time flies. i thought, my gosh — what if they had never invented prescriptions? what if no such thing existed. would it be a better world, or a worse world? and i looked into that well, and what i saw ….. was “better.” not just a small better, but a resounding, “omg! did we ever screw up!”
nothing we can do now. the problem with looking BACK and seeing a wrong fork taken in the road — is you will never ever ever be at that intersection again. it is behind you, in the past. just navigating to that in the present does not create the same fork of the road. you will never be there again. you can never be there again. to even think it exists is a denial of fact, within the very structure you live …. time and space. can’t go back to that fork in the road.
it’s why your momma always told you to not cry over spilt milk. so let’s not cry over spilt milk. let’s just patch up the system as best we can, and muddle forward to wherever this leads. maybe in the future it will improve. and unicorns will kiss butterflies … and sandals will be thrown off in favor of bare feet kissing the wet sand. there are days i am thankful for medicine. and there are days i think it has not only delivered the united states to hell in a hand basket, but has strapped that basket to a drone so it could deliver it that much faster. but regardless of what the medical industry IS — we need to make something work, and for it to work, it must work for the majority of united states’ citizens. and so is that an average, or a means? how do we decide?
if we cannot provide medical care for ALL — should it be lottery-based? a lottery to see who gets the next ticket to enter a hospital. to see who gets the better care. to see how it all plays out. do you know, in a resthome that i worked at for a time — they separated their Medicaid patients to one specific wing of the building. you know, so they wouldn’t get confused on who is supposed to get the sub-standard care. i’m not kidding.
in this country, wealth decides how healthy you will be. but there are other factors, like intelligence. like community and collaborative efforts for better environments. other things that go into the equation. despite that… relative wealth plays a huge role …and i watch the families that get on the bus, the people that i see at the discount stores. and one thing i always note are the absence of smiles. it fluctuates up and down, according to time of year and weather. but there are so few smiles, that i find it a wonder they all aren’t just killing themselves in the street. and this is the fork in the road that was taken. this is the America that was built on such things as the teeter totter of the oil industry and medical industry. and who’s paying for the fulcrum?
i see them. the no-smiles. and i know there is nothing i can do, because what can be done has to be done by those in power. congress has to find a mind somewhere in that giant pile of raging incomprehension … they need to do their job. which is to be there for the people … not to guarantee continued good business for the medical and medical insurance industries –the job of congress is to offer some kind of alternatives other than strapping citizens on this giant wheel for them to take it up the giant proverbial a$$ from a monopoly that never once forgets its in it for the money. and every time — EVERY time, all i hear are just more requests for the people to bend over farther. and i don’t know how much farther they can bend! it’s a heck of a way to do calisthenics ….
how do you buy peace? how do you buy health? how do you buy survival? how do you buy freedom and knowledge?
what is the currency, if it isn’t caring? what can money do? and what, at this point, can be done at all — other than kiss one government program good-bye, and hope that what replaces it isn’t even worse.