Are you one of many thyroid patients that are ignored by your providers?
Are you told that normal TSH levels do not warrant adjustments in dose?
Have you been told that your persisting symptoms of fatigue, brain fog,
constipation are all “in your head”?
Be warned, this article is not for the squeamish. Within this editorial I express my world-view of the state of health care in America in the 21st century. There are some harsh realities that remain hidden to the masses of consumers by the status quo healthcare industry.
These are dangerous times in which we live and quick action must be taken to fix a hemorrhaging system. First is the problem of our aging society.
Baby Boomers now represent 28% of the US population. The fastest growing group of people in most countries of the world is the 80+-year-old bracket and by the year 2025 those over 80-years old will represent 30% of the world population.
These statistics are frightening when one considers the cost of caring for older Americans by today’s standard of care.
New Medicine for a New Century
With medical science advancements those born today will live on average 30-years longer than those born in the early 1900s. Longevity will continue to rise exponentially as the years go by. The economic burden to an aging society with disregard to preventive medicine is incredible. By 2025 we will spend 50% more than what was spent in 1998 in the healthcare arena. Will there be enough funds to take care of the sick and aging? Will we be able to afford good quality of care?
Those who do not take care of themselves and ignore the “preventive medicine” physician will suffer from multiple chronic end-organ disease, this is a given. The result is that a growing number of these patients find themselves in total care facilities.
These facilities are the decubitus ulcers of the healthcare industry; nobody really cherishes working them and certainly nobody wants to end up there. My years working the emergency departments in the Southeast have taught me a great lesson.
I saw daily the ramifications of poor preventive medicine care, and cared daily for large numbers of people suffering from debilitating disease. Less than five percent of people today consume greater than ninety percent of the healthcare dollar. Will there be enough funds in the future if the sick population grows?
Effective January 1, 2014 Medicare will reduce reimbursements to physicians by as much as 50% is some states. As everyone knows the rest of the industry follows the example of government reimbursements. What does that mean? Less money to care for the sick will lead to lesser quality of care, that is a known fact. True there are many abuses in the system, but socialized medicine is certainly not the answer. Look a the United Kingdom, our lines for access to healthcare pale in comparison to the delays seen in those systems. It is without argument that it is less expensive and more efficient to spend time and money early on in life to avoid degenerative end stage diseases than to manage them later in life. Ignorance is by far the greatest common denominator for those who wind up in the Emergency Room or the nursing home with congestive heart failure, lung disease, heart attach, cancer or stroke. A lifetime of abusing the body or not realizing an underlying destructive process will cause the body to succumb to degenerative disease and organ failure.