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Medicine is NOT an industry. The industrialisation of medicine should stop

The "industrialisation" of medicine is a recent phenomenon.
It has resulted in:
1. Unrealistic expectations of those who can afford it or have access to it.
2. It has taken away from providing "basic affordable" health care to millions and concentrated on "state-of-the-art" for a few.
3. It has diverted both medical teaching and medical practise from basic conversations with a patient to a series of "tests and investigations" which more often than not are designed to help those who "possess the equipment"
4. It has resulted in virtually complete loss of faith, between the treated and the treating , more litigation, paper work and time spent "covering every eventuality" as doctors
5. Like super-markets the "hospital chains" have taken common sense and good food away from local shops and farmers markets to concrete and glass structures where the "shopper" is bewildered and ends up spending more than she/he needs.

We need to understand that the vast majority of us do NOT need expensive, state-of-the-art medical care. We do not need to pay vast amounts of money to "insure" ourselves and neither do we need to pay vast amounts of money to live.

We need to make 80 % of medical care a 'corner-shop" , non-litigious, relationship of trust between doctor and patient.
We should try and stop the uncontrolled proliferation/continuation of the "medical hypermarket". and its attendant "industries --pharmaceutical, device manufacturing, medical tourism - and go back to the basics.


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  • May 28 2012: Stewart, Rhona

    Just to get back to the point of the debate - "the industrialisation of medicine".
    Trying to stay healthy is to a certain extent in your hands and then there is genetics and environment....

    We accept that "you" a "patient", is "ill". Ill enough to need a doctor/hospital and then take it from there!
    Stewart - 'chicken-and-egg" situation -- when it comes to "suing" and we have not heard the last word on that yet.
    My reading tells me that the US is responsible, for the slew of ambulance-chasing lawyers and all that goes with it. I may be wrong. My reading also tells me that after years of pursuing the legal route to "redressal", Americans are encouraging patients/doctors/lawyers to "TALK" and settle.

    I am trying to say that doctors are "human", patients are "human" -- to start with. We will die. Inevitable. Do we need systems which promise us that "for a price" we will live without disease or death". All we have to do is pay the price, have the tests, keep up with the insurance or travel halfway around the world to live forever - disease-free?
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      May 28 2012: I agree with you there, medicine shouldn't be profitable, which is what I interpreted as the meaning of industrialised, if you seek to make a profit you aren't thinking of patients at MOST it should be self sustaining, Though to me there is one problem in achieving this, it's only with the money of private companies that some medicines are even being produced and they're all about profit and that will never change and I don't think any government even the US has the funds to offer a completely public healthcare service free for everyone :(
      • May 29 2012: Profit is not a bad thing Stewart. Its "greed" that is destroying medicine.

        "X" produces a drug. It costs him "Y" dollars and ten years.
        If one looks at the actual costs X will in probability recover his Y dollars AND a substantial profit in 3 years. But the "industry" wants Y dollars times a hundred in one year and continue to want and want and want. So there is indiscriminate "pushing" of the drug through reps and drug company-sponsored "conferences" and dinners. The drug which should be used perhaps in a tertiary -level hospital is now on the shelves of every little town pharmacy being touted as "the thing to cure everything" - at a price.

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