Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
For many years he created “Truizms” for the Rocky Mountain News. These Truizms deserve a publication of their own. His Truizms’ are insightful and inspiring. Todd sent me some Truizms to help me illustrate the points I am trying to make.
It is an honor to have Todd become a great friend. He is extremely perceptive and a phenomenal teacher, in addition to being a wonderful human being.
Todd wrote a great response to my last blog “Lets (Not) Do Physicals.”
Stanley, the frustrating situation you've accurately described here invokes Joseph Heller's classic novel Catch-22:
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. (p. 56, ch. 5)...."Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing."
Quoting my blog , Todd wrote,
“It is not enough for the Obama administration to say it is interested in prevention of disease when it restricts access to prevention measures.
It is not right to restrict access to steps needed to prevent the debilitating or deadly complications of hip fracture.
“The USPSTF concludes that, for men, evidence of the benefits of screening for osteoporosis is lacking and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.”
To me the trend to reduce physical examinations and lab screening is a ridiculous trend. The present spending on physicals probably should be modified some but not discontinued.”
One of Todd’s insightful Truisms’’ follws
Our bureaucratic society with its multiple and conflicting rules does not permit us to honestly do the right thing for Americans, especially when money is involved.
President Obama says the right things, but he does not do the right things.
The Healthcare System’s policies should let consumers decide on what is logical for them after listening to the advice of their physicians.
Consumers should control their healthcare dollars with financial incentives provided for them to stay healthy, become educated about their diseases, and control their chronic diseases.
The evidence medicine debate should be between the medical community and the USPTF without creating a media circus.
Healthcare insurance should be a high deductible first dollar coverage plan that would cover everyone.
I covered how this would work in my blog “The Ideal Medical Saving Account is Democratic.
America’s healthcare system is at the home in a “Catch 22”.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone
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