Overtreatment

http://www.bmj.com/multimedia/video/2012/10/03/harms-overtreatment

This is worth watching.

Sometimes patients are overteated and sometimes they are untreated, and this happens in Canada too.

Healthcare shouldn't be about MONEY and if it is then the word "care" needs to be removed.

Patients should be fully informed. I thought of our old friend Pam when I watched this video.

How can we do better?

That was a great video

That was a great video Wisher.

Along with salaried doctors health savings accounts for patients may provide incentives to avoid over-treatment. If the money is coming out of the patient's account they may not push procedures and testing which are not necessary. Unfortunately many people would rather have a big screen TV than money set aside for healthcare.

Doctors are aware of the problem, and they are not doing anything about it. They need to hold their colleagues accountable.

A friend sent me this video.

It is quite long but really worth watching.

Medical errors are inevitable; they will NOT be eliminated so........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orpKx6-xLxk

(I love you Dr. Liang) Big smile

There was a great documentary

There was a great documentary last night on CNN (Escape Fire) describing problems with and directions our health care system should be going.

The emphasis was on prevention, providing incentives for people to take care of their health through lower premiums. Those who don't smoke, have BMI < 30, low cholesterol,......would pay lower premiums.

They also mentioned primary care doctors becoming part of a team with specialists in order to increase their salary providing incentives for docs to go into primary care. I really hope that is the direction our health care system takes....focus on prevention.

http://escapefiremovie.com/watch-on-tv

That does look like a great

That does look like a great documentary. Prevention is the key to a healthcare system that is a system based on "care" and is sustainable.

Money needs to be directed towards prevention, and nurses could be utilized for that very nicely. Smiling

Thanks for posting that

Thanks for posting that Gagal. Smiling

I believe that healthcare should be a team sport, and patients need to be fully informed members of that team.

How can we make that happen? Puzzled

gagal wrote: The emphasis was

gagal wrote:

The emphasis was on prevention, providing incentives for people to take care of their health through lower premiums. Those who don't smoke, have BMI < 30, low cholesterol,......would pay lower premiums.

They also mentioned primary care doctors becoming part of a team with specialists in order to increase their salary providing incentives for docs to go into primary care. I really hope that is the direction our health care system takes....focus on prevention.

http://escapefiremovie.com/watch-on-tv

This is an attack on patient consumerism and health. It may benefit insurers and indemnify doctors against the bad results most of their advice leads to, but it's discriminatory and removes accountability at all levels.

Better stay healthy and save up if such heinous punishments are implemented.

Maybe if you're a soda drinker and you eat a lot of bread and pasta, you should pay higher premiums, and maybe I should pay lower ones because I eat low carb, grass fed beef and dairy? See where this goes? Drug companies are never going to let go of their stranglehold on health care, nor are insurers.

MCF wrote: gagal wrote: The

MCF wrote:
gagal wrote:

The emphasis was on prevention, providing incentives for people to take care of their health through lower premiums. Those who don't smoke, have BMI < 30, low cholesterol,......would pay lower premiums.

They also mentioned primary care doctors becoming part of a team with specialists in order to increase their salary providing incentives for docs to go into primary care. I really hope that is the direction our health care system takes....focus on prevention.

http://escapefiremovie.com/watch-on-tv

This is an attack on patient consumerism and health. It may benefit insurers and indemnify doctors against the bad results most of their advice leads to, but it's discriminatory and removes accountability at all levels.

Better stay healthy and save up if such heinous punishments are implemented.

Maybe if you're a soda drinker and you eat a lot of bread and pasta, you should pay higher premiums, and maybe I should pay lower ones because I eat low carb, grass fed beef and dairy? See where this goes? Drug companies are never going to let go of their stranglehold on health care, nor are insurers.

Yes, I see your point.

I like to think of it more of a reward for those who go out of their way to take care of their bodies and an incentive for those who don’t rather than a punishment, but I can see how it could be discriminatory, and the potential for insurers to take advantage of the situation.

The problem is that a LOT of

The problem is that a LOT of us going out of our way to be healthy and prevent illness have iatrogenic injuries causing a lot of health problems and expenses.

Others are obese only because they're following public health recommendations bought by sugar, grain and drug lobbies.

So first you make people sick, then punish them for the results??

Nuh uh. Fire the lobbies first.

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