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Symptoms of failed health care

Posted: October 2, 2009 9:35 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The health care debate continues, but as a physician who is familiar with this debate, I take issue with those who do not recognize symptoms our nation is having and the dire consequences we all face.

For a physician, it is important to recognize symptoms of a medical problem in order for a patient to receive appropriate care.

If a patient complains of thirst and urinary frequency, we quickly rule out the possibility of diabetes.

Making a diagnosis from symptoms and developing a plan of treatment prevents an escalation of the disease and its sequelae.

Symptoms of a failed health care system, including bankruptcy, foreclosure, loss of jobs and "pre-existing conditions," have devastated the lives of millions of Americans.

Persistent "denial of care" percolates from the health insurance companies creating even more uninsured in this country.

These national symptoms are linked to our economy because health care costs are irrationally high.

Failure to reform the health care industry is tantamount to letting a patient's diabetes go untreated.

The ensuing heart attack, stroke and renal failure will inevitably result in the decline of the patient.

If Senators and Congressmen don't recognize and treat the increasing symptomatic suffering around them, and insurance companies continue to standing between doctors and patients, there will be no one to stop this escalating suffering and resultant consequences of substandard medical care.

Millions of dollars are spent daily by health insurance lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to influence our congressional leaders.

They have a moral and ethical responsibility to see through this deception and put our health care back on track, so we can once again lay claim to the "best health care system in the world."

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