From a recent study:
A majority of Americans visited doctors in the past year who had been paid or given gifts by pharmaceutical or medical device companies, but very few patients knew about it…”
According to the researchers, at least 65% of the doctors surveyed were on the take.
I’m not against kickbacks, I mean, where would Steph Curry be today without all those millions pouring in from Under Armour?
Yeah, he’d still be filthy rich from playing a great game of basketball.
But then, fans know Under Armour pays him to promote their stuff, don’t we?
Yet, when our doctors pimp tests, pills and therapies that get them paid by company sponsors, how do we know if their recommendations are in our best interests or because they’re side hustling us?
We could take the direct approach and just ask them if they’re getting kickbacks…
I’ve used that tactic. And, to date, all I got were lessons in evasion, plus a couple of ‘sermons’ about the sanctity of the medical ‘calling’…
Translation: “hell yeah, I’ll get extra bank if you play along!”
That I ‘suspect’ my particular doctors are on the take, isn’t an indictment of all doctors, and especially not yours.
Yet, it’s hard to serve 2 masters on the same time, isn’t it?
If this concerns you, read more when you click on the following blue link: Doctors Embarrassing Secret
Why You Should Get A 2nd (or 4th) Opinion:
I almost lost my sweet sister, Lana, a few years back because her doctor of many years, wasn’t hearing her!
Making a long, and painful story, short, an abscess developed inside her colon, ‘burned’ a hole through her colon and her bladder, leaked the poison into her bladder and was killing her.
Her problem wasn’t common.
When nothing specific showed up from the usual tests, doctors probably figured her symptoms were related to hormonal change.
My sister though, is nobody’s fool. She knew something was wrong. And, she meant to find out what…
It took her 9 months to find a doctor who heard her and scheduled an immediate exploratory surgery.
Surgery revealed the abscess, the leakages and the quick action saved Lana’s life!
The point is, doctors are human, too. So they’re educated humans with experience diagnosing medical problems, but they’re not within shouting distance of infallible.
A honorable doctor, shouldn’t take offense when their patient 2nd guesses them by getting another opinion.
This week I read an interesting story of a dude who, while in the hospital waiting for a stent procedure, had 2nd thoughts and wisely checked out and went to another doctor.
You can read what happened to him when you click on the following blue link: Why You Should Get A 2nd (or 4th) Opinion
The moral of today’s stories?
A man who is his own doctor has a fool for a patient. And, a man who gives his doctor carte blanche is a fool.
Talk to you next time…