Thursday, January 5, 2012

Let Them Die Because It’s About Money, Not Lives


Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year — one every 12 minutes — in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday. "We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction … than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard.

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Makes me wonder, how many die who have insurance and still can't get good care?  The group of us who wrote the Obama Transition Team report on CFS and healthcare all had gold-plated insurance, but it doesn't matter how good your insurance is if your doctor doesn't have the first clue about what's wrong.  Between the half-dozen of us, we got a variety of misdiagnoses, but the point isn't that we got different diagnoses, the point is that none of us started out with ME/CFS.  Some were diagnosed with "all in your head" by someone who has almost no psych training -- the equivalent of my taking Psych 101 in college -- and therefore not qualified to make such a diagnosis and place it in medical records as definitive.  No one but a licensed psychiatrist should be permitted to place a psych diagnosis in medical records.

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