About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Another Doctor's Response To EMRs - Part Of Universal Healthcare Scam

Further to last night's subject message re Electronic Medical Records - below is further insight to what BO's Universal Healthcare plan will mean to us from the perspective of another doctor in our group. 
---Original Message---
I appreciated this commentary and maybe I can add to it.  Right now there are reportedly over 300 EMR programs available and none of them interface(so much for meaningful exchange).  Every time the system needs to be altered to allow "exchange" lots of monies are spent.  These systems are mostly set up by businessmen not the people in the trenches who use them so docs are forced to adapt their documentation to fit a not so well designed program. This allows for a very lucrative future for the IT segment.  Your doctor's comment is correct too...If the stimulus program will give us $44,000 over five years I am sure the cost will be double.  Worse yet, when the system is set up there will be no going back as the "old" way will be nonexistent.  Medicine is an art form and not a cook book...........these black and white programs discourage the "art" component.  True that it is nice to computerize labs or radiology procedures but all these scanned items are just that, scanned items. The "art" is putting it together for the patient.  The other aspect is that these EMRs are designed to "justify" a level of service and are therefore programmed to be lengthy and redundant and sometimes difficult to find the purpose/the point of a problem. I cringe to think that we have lowered our value of health care in setting up a system that justifies costs of a service, store a lot of not so pertinent info and crimps the art of medicine. Doctor/patient interaction and trust between doctor and patient are the most cost effective way to practice medicine.  We are moving quickly to a system where that is eroded and where you will have big brother watching with  pay for performance.  Quality can only go down.  The number of primary care physicians can not address the needs and you will see those positions filled by less educated people who will be trained to follow a protocol.
A successful technique in controlling the masses is to abuse man's natural instinct to want to do the correct thing and drive man silly with rules, confusion and needless upset.  The general public is so confused that there is no strength left to pay attention with what really is taking place.  Look what is going on..............since when should the government be dictating how care is rendered.  Would you trust your doctor to manage your finances??  Why will you trust the government to manage your medical care and dictate your entitlement???

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