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Horton’s prejudiced half-truths

Posted: February 28, 2010 10:21 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Regarding Gary Horton’s recent opinion piece “They got between me and my doctor” (The Signal, Feb. 17), I feel obliged to respond.

As a physician with more than 50 years experience, I felt that the column was full of half-truths, prejudiced statements and unwarranted innuendo.

True, $350 is about the right cost for the average MRI without IVs, contrast medications, etc.

* What was the suspected diagnosis?

* Was MRI the correct test?

* What would the writer have said if pain medication, steroids and time had solved the problem?

I find fault with your assertion that health care decisions are made by some “kid in a cubicle” who makes $10 per hour. I have an associate doing this for $100 per hour.

Exorbitant rates for private health insurance will probably negatively impact the state of a person’s health.

Why didn’t Horton address the issue of “for-profit” health insurance? This makes about as much sense as for-profit police or fire departments.

We are the only industrialized country in the world without national health care. The United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany, to name a few, are countries where the quality of care is quite good.

I sincerely hope Horton’s hop is better with or without an MRI.

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