Saturday, December 22, 2012
Delta for the Worse
The year is almost over and Boy has it been a year for big changes in our practice of medicine. We saw a huge decline in elective surgical and diagnostic procedures only to see a huge increase in the nonelective emergency procedures. We have shortages of life saving and generic drugs. The government is pushing to get patients out of the hospital faster and penalizing when they have to come back. We are rated not by outcomes and lives saved but whether or not we give enough pain meds so that we get good Press Gainey scores. The small community hospitals are closing or sending everything out. Catholic hospitals are getting out of the healthcare business. More children are losing their insurance. Mental health care is nonexistent. Doctors are jumping at the chance to opt out of Medicare and if you have Medicaid you are SOL. Doctors offices have to use electronic records that report your personal information to the government but do nothing to improve your care except decrease your access. When you go to the doctor, you may not even be seeing a doctor.