CORPORATE - FDA CONNECTION TO DOCTORSThis corporate-FDA connection most certainly fits under the cliché "The tie that binds." Western medical profession is centered on treating A disease. (Emphasis placed on the letter "A" here.) We give a dog a treat for behaving as trained. Or a child is bribed with a treat for behaving themselves. Medical students trained to become doctors learn to ever avoid uttering the word "cure." They use "treatment" instead. To use the "cure" word is almost the career equivalent to a disk jockey using the "F" or "N" word on the air.
When you enter their office, many receptionists demand your co-pay up front or they may refuse to see you. They "treat" you to a whopping bill for just thirty seconds of a doctor's time. So much for the Hippocratic Oath.
When you are sick, there are basically only five things that will happen to you upon seeing your doctor:
1. NOTHING HAPPENS - You are sent home because it's actually a cold or flu. Translation: It's all in your head. This might result in a referral to a head doctor as it did for many thousands of Gulf War 1 vets suffering from Gulf War Disease.
2. YOU ARE MIS-DIAGNOSED - Not detecting a serious life-threatening illness is the worst. Nothing usually happens to the doctor because of his/her incompetence, because often the patient DIES before it ever goes to court. Few people think about the hazard of mis-diagnosis. DON,T schedule your appointment (if you think you are seriously ill) on the day your doctor plays golf!
3. OFF TO SURGERY - Into the hospital you,ll go as an inpatient or outpatient, hopefully for a positive outcome. God willing you won't contract a drug-resistant bug or two during your stay there. (Hospitals are good at hiding infection statistics.) Hopefully, while you're there the surgeon will do the RIGHT surgery on you. Diligent surgeons will ask YOU who you are and what procedure you are there to have, BEFORE putting you under anesthetic. Be sure to tell them a ghost surgeon OR A STUDENT will not be allowed to work on you. Don't put it as a request - make it a demand. It's your life and in reality it's up to YOU to defend it, not them.
The cold truth is you are just raw material for doctors, not unlike a butcher working on a side of beef. Without the beef, the butcher would not have a job to do. No real difference, except that the beef can't sue the butcher. Never, ever lose track that being on the table is only a business arrangement and nothing more. There is no real charity in a commercial hospital. Don't think so? Try owing one of them any money and see what happens to your bank account and property.
4. TESTS REQUIRED - Lots of these are often required to confirm a diagnosis. That's part of the "standard of care" all physicians must follow. A doctor's malpractice insurance requires them to follow the standard of care or risk being cancelled. Again, lawyers really determine what a doctor's limits are. And you,ll most likely be going back to the doctor (paying again) for a review of the results. If something is found in a test, count on MORE TESTS being prescribed. Too many prescribed tests can be a sign of incompetence. If the doctor finally says that he/she doesn't know what's wrong, ask a friend of relative for the name of a good proven doctor who is known to hopefully be more competent than your previous one.
5. PRESCRIPTIONS - You will most likely travel straight from the doctor's office to the pharmacy to get the latest drug pushed by big pharma reps. who visit your doctor regularly. This may happen even if tests are scheduled as a precaution, such as when you are in pain or have an infection. If you are lucky, you might even get free samples of big pharma's latest "designer drug" to make you better. Note the key word here is to get "better," not be cured.
Most doctors tend to focus on using number 1 or 5 above. Someone said it all perfectly many years ago: "A patient cured is a customer lost."
If they follow the standard and something goes wrong that isn't their fault and you are hurt or even die, the doctor probably cannot be successfully sued. I lost a relative 5 years ago to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly known as a drug resistant Staph infection) that entered his body from an IV while still IN the operating room.
Methicillin is such a strong drug that it's one of the few intravenous drugs still stored and delivered to patients in a glass bottle. Yet even this drug couldn't stop the infection.
The hospital lied and said that this Staph germ is everywhere. In reality, tests established several years earlier that the MRSA version of Staph evolved in operating rooms. It is actually resistant to antiseptics used to sterilize operating rooms. In some cities, operating rooms were closed off and gasses to kill everything off. Yet no lawyer would touch the MRSA case, even though it was a clear case of incompetence. A simple alcohol swab would have easily sterilized the IV entry site on his neck.
There is a only a small distinction between illegal drug dealers in hidden locations cooking up powerful "designer drugs" to strongly addict people, and the latest "Designer drugs" from major pharmaceutical manufacturers. Did you see the difference? One is spelled with a "D" instead of a "d." Otherwise they are the same. Will future street drug pushers go the legal route, and just start their own big pharma companies? Who knows - one day even illegal Crack might become a prescription. Let's hope not, but only time will tell. Drugs being pushed on television today have so many side effects, that just 20 years ago they would never be allowed on the market.
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