I am a doctor. Here is the truth.
Lets start with the absolute undeniable truth. MOST drugs are not good for you and cause other chronic conditions as bad as or the same as the drug
you are taking it for. The best medicine is prevention but since we cannot prevent everything, you need Drs. and medicine and surgery.
Sorry to break it to you all but:
MOST DRS. ALREADY DO ALL THE BAD THINGS YOU THINK ABOUT. Insured healthcare as it exists today limits us to no end. We cannot practice the best
practices for the patient without first seeing what the insurance pays for to
A) not only help the patient's pockets but to
B) conform with the standards of the contracts that we signed when we decided to be providers for that network.
For instance, (now just speaking for me)
If a patient comes in and needs some work done and insurance doesnt cover it, I dont bill the patient for all of it just some. I take the loss
because I know the insurance wont pay for it but the patient needs it.
BUT SOME DRS. ONLY DO WHAT THE INSURANCE COVERS. DO YOU THINK THAT WILL GET BETTER OR WORSE UNDER SOCIALIZED MEDICINE?
Insurance companies already dictate what we can charge how many times we can see you and for what and for how long. Many of you do not even know how
your insurance really works and as the consumer you probably never will because it is designed for them not to pay the Drs and for them not to cover
any of your claims.---THE EVIL INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE TO BLAME FOR YOUR 8.00 ASPIRINS AT THE HOSPITAL---NOT THE DRS OR DRUG COMPANIES.
As Drs. we have to charge more to get paid anything. This causes inflation in the system to the point where an uninsured person cannot afford it.
This is why people think we need socialized medicine.
Now lets look at a possible law floating in congress--- RIGHT NOW!?!
MEDICARE FOR ALL! SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT? Well not really! Most people with medicare have to have secondary insurance plans to pay for everything
Medicare doesnt pay for (which is a lot)
And whats comical is that most of these secondary plans dont pay for anything that Medicare will not pay for.--YUP THATS RIGHT FOLKS.
SOOOOOOOOOOO....they will raise our taxes to not pay for anything under this scenario. YUP !SOUNDS 'BOUT LIKE THE GOVERNMENT.....
In addition everyone thinks Drs must be filthy rich and some are. I make a very good salary BUT I have alot of money going out.
I went into 250,000 worth of debt to learn how to save lives. Noone forced me to do it but it is what you must do if you want to be a DR. these days.
(please do not lecture me about armed service (not an option for me/physical health issues) or some other kinds of scholarships in med school---they
just dont exist)
I pay ridiculously high malpractice amounts.
(Now in "SICKO", they showed happy Drs in either France/Canada/UK (I cant remember) there saying they were making a good living but that is in a
country where EVERYTHING IS SUBSIDIZED including their education and malpractice. So I'm sure that helps a lot. )
I employ several employees and staff and by staying in business and prescribing meds keep the pharmacies, pharmacists, and pharm tech with a job so if
I go down a lot of people go with me.....its just bad economics.
WELL AT LEAST SINCE I AM SELF EMPLOYED AND CURRENTLY PAY FOR MY HEALTH INS FULL PRICE, I GET SOME FREE HEALTHCARE WHOOOHOOO!
and I'm sure going to need it since I will be poor or too overworked to take care of myself from all the patients I will need to see to maintain my
current income to pay off all the debt I created (before I woke up). THATS the problem.
PS>>>Please do not tell me that my debt is not your issue/problem because as much as I would love to help you all for free I simply cannot afford to
do that and many of my MD friends who saw all this coming have left to practice in other countries or are going to change careers. That means less
Drs. less options, more waiting, less patient care.