EFFICACY(DOES IT WORK???) IS EMERGING AS A KEY ISSUE IN HEALTH CARE REFORM
A significant portion of your health has NOTHING to do with the enterprise/business of American Medicine. Social factors like poverty and jobs are much more important for example. This has been known for years but paternalistic organized medicine has duped us and infantilized us. (not unlike what most organized religion has done to us!)
Much of what doctors do to/for people has never ben proven to be effective-putting aside that MUCH of what they do is unsafe especially in hospitals! Surgeons are especially culpable.
Please read this provided by Maggie Mahar “When it comes to wasteful healthcare spending, the work done at Dartmouth by Dr. Jack Wennberg and Dr. Elliot Fisher does the best job of exposing how much money we spend on unnecessary, unproven, and sometimes unwanted treatments and hospitalizations."
I would add Dr. Nortin Hadler from University of North Carolina who has also brilliantly explicated how much US health care has been unproven to be effective or even worse safe. Hadler’s book The Last Well Person is a true landmark.
And of course Shannon Brownlee’s new book Overtreated is excellent validation of its own title.
Today Dr. Steven Schroeder published an article- maybe the most important article in on health care reform in a decade in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine drove home these points and more.
READ THE DARTMOUTH RESEARCH THESE BOOKS I'VE RECOMMENDED AND THIS OUTSTANDING ARTICLE PUBLISHED TODAY.
Wake up America-Grow up America- Retake your health care.
Be Well and-
"See you on the new highground!"
Dr. Rick Lippin