America’s Monstrous Disease Maintenance System and My 1994 Prediction
Majid Ali, M.D.
Here is a sad prediction: when the history of America’s decline is written, America’s monstrous disease maintenance system will be recognized to have sown the seeds of the decline. This monster would have canabalized American ingenuity, inventiveness, courage to imagine and execute, and hope—hope not only for Americans but for people worldwide. Am I brazenly fanning the fires of national fears here? Or do I sound basis for foreseeing the toxic consequences of voracious and insatiable appetite of the monster?
Everyone Will Be Unwell
Twenty years ago, I made my prediction in my book “Rats, Drugs, and Assumptions (1994) with the following words: “Two elements characterize medicine in the U.S. today: The cost of health care continues to escalate, and the health of Americans continues to deteriorate. If the two trends were to hold, a time can be foreseen when the nation’s total resources will have to be committed to health care, and everyone will be unwell.”
The Monster Wolfed Down $ 2.8 Trillion in 2012
In 2012, America’s disease maintenance system insatiably wolfed down $ 2.8 trillion while the U.S. government spending in 2013 is expected to be $3.6 trillion. I point out that our disease maintenance system neither recognizes very low cost and effective natural remedies nor is willing to pay any amounts for them. To cite just one example of its ruthless consumption of people’s money, please consider the following headline from The New York Times of February, 27, 2012:”No Extra Benefits Are Seen in Stents for Coronary Artery Disease.” The NY Times continues with the following words:
* The common practice of inserting a stent to repair a narrowed artery has no benefit over standard medical care in treating stable coronary artery disease, according to a new review of randomized controlled trials published on Monday.
* the risk for death is about one in a thousand, and complications can include stroke, heart attack, bleeding, kidney damage and serious allergic reactions.
* The cost of the procedure varies from about $30,000 to $50,000, and more than one million are performed every year in the United States.
The above does not include the cost in suffering and dollars of strokes caused by heart stents.
What Does the 2013 Sequester Foreshadow?
In the context of nearly $8 billion swallowed every day by the U.S. Disease Maintenance System, consider the following from The New York Times of March 2, 2013.
“Congress will have $85 billion less to spend this year, but the Congressional Budget Office projects that the actual cuts implemented this year will amount to only $42 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget. That means that politicians will have to cut a little more than a penny out of every dollar that it spends this year.”
“Does the president really want to claim that his administration, which has added $6 trillion to the national debt, is unable to save a penny out of every dollar it spends? Does he really expect Americans to believe — after four years, the banking and auto bailouts, several stimulus bills and a run of record deficits — that our $16 trillion economy cannot absorb $42 billion of spending reductions? “
I end this article with the words of my 1994 words in RDA: “Two elements characterize medicine in the U.S. today: The cost of health care continues to escalate, and the health of Americans continues to deteriorate. If the two trends were to hold, a time can be foreseen when the nation’s total resources will have to be committed to health care, and everyone will be unwell.”
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