by Duluth News Tribune
July 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Last week, my father suffered a medical emergency. At the hospital, we were asked what medication he took. He is 83. His answer was aspirin and Zocor.
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preach on mitch….couldnt be any more right…Ive been saying for years drug advertising should be banned just to decrease costs in health care and i know the overproscribing is a problem…lets just not get too hasty and realize they do benefit those most in need of them.
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He is absolutely correct ! This country doesn’t have just an illegal drug problem, we have a serious legal (prescription and over the counter) druge problem as well. We don’t tolerate any discomfort or ailment without looking for a pill to “cure” it. Most drugs don’t cure anything at all….they just mask the symptoms so we can continue our behavior which may in many cases be what’s causing the root problem in the first place.
He’s also right about doctors….they aren’t allowed time to really talk to you and figure out what the problem and best solution is….they are given something like 7 minutes per patient to walk in, let you describe your ailment in two or three sentances or less, ask a couple questions about your ailment, and shoot back out the door and on to the next patient upon which a nurse arrives with some instructions for your treatment and/or offers you the prescription the doctor prescribed.
Our health care delivery system really is broken, I’m just not sure we’ll be on the right track to fix it anytime soon. I still think Americans have available the best health care in the world…..but actually getting it and being able to realize the benefits of it seem to be a challenge given the restraints put upon doctors like how many patients they need to see per hour to meet their employers quota) and of course the patients health insurance who has people on staff who obviously feel they know appropriate treatment options better than the doctor who actually saw you. Of course you can still accept any treatment your doctor says you need…but the insurance may just refuse to pay for any of it. Some option !
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