Healthcare in the World of Specialization


Dr. Rick Redalen, M.D.
5/6/2016

E-mail reply by Dr. Rick Redalen to a colleague about an article discussing doctors feeling loss of respect by patients.

What this article failed to address is doctors are also products of this technology world. And the truth of the matter is they are now technicians and order writers. 

There are very few if any young doctors who have the vaguest idea about how to practice medicine.

Perhaps they are getting the respect today they deserve. I no longer respect them because  I have watched their downward evolutionary spiral for 48 years.

Our new doctors grew up in an educational system ranked 37th in the world. They have brought that education with them into medicine and now we are ranked 37th in the world in healthcare.

When I asked a Pakistani doctor a couple of months ago about what she thought of American doctors, she replied, “What doctors?” 

She said, “You do not have doctors in the United States anymore. You have people who know how to order a litany of tests and expect one of those tests to tell them what is wrong with the patient. If the tests are all normal, they tell the patient they are fine.”

As a physician I can truthfully and honestly say I receive better care in Africa, South America and Mexico than I receive in the United States. I can attest to this on a first hand personal basis from receiving care in those countries.

The young doctors cannot fix the system because they grew up broken. The only direction our health system can presently go is in a downward spiral because of the way we now run it.

Think of this. In 1968 when the majority of care was given in the United States by family practitioners we were number one in the world in healthcare. Now that everybody is a specialist and none of them can connect the dots we rank 37th in the world. So this is an inverse proportion, the more specialists you have, the poorer your care becomes.

 

Why Are Your Healthcare Costs So High?


By Rick Redalen, M.D.
4/20/2016

 

Dr. Redalen’s commentary was prompted by a CBS News interview by Correspondent Lesley Stahl with Steven Brill, the author of “America’s Bitter Pill.

The care our congressmen voted to give the American people is not good enough for them. They set up their own plan for their families. Why is Obamacare good enough for your family but not theirs?

The care our congressmen voted to give the American people is not good enough for them. They set up their own plan for their families. Why is Obamacare good enough for your family but not theirs?

Steven Brill tells us if we go after costs, we cannot pass any cost saving measures because lobbyists will not vote to pass any. Why do we say lobbyists will not allow it?

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