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American healthcare is broken in many areas and if you work in one of them, you are not likely to find a lot of career satisfaction in the long run.
Healthcare in the USA is a highly capitalistic function and is ruled by multibillion-dollar companies (think insurance and pharmaceuticals) and the American Medical Association which is a cartel controlling the business of doctoring. What's the outcome? We spend more in the US on healthcare than any other country (our prices are higher) but we get much less for our buck. What does that mean? Well, the US has poor population health in spite of outspending everyone on healthcare. The corporations and the AMA are in charge remember, and they are focused on building wealth -- and not yours.
Donald Trump would say the system is 'rigged' and it is.
It even goes beyond healthcare itself to the food industry which is pumping our population full of toxic and addictive ingredients that ruin our health. In other countries, they ban pesticides and food chemicals suspected of causing cancer and other health problems while in the US we look the other way and dole out a prescription medication for every ailment. The people suffer but the investors make a killing.
Before healthcare became a blockbuster business, MDs knew how to treat many illnesses effectively and inexpensively.
Those days are gone. Today it's all about blood testing to find the right pharmaceutical drug for you. Doctors no longer know how to use inexpensive remedies like iodine and vitamin C to cure many common health problems. The reliance on pharmaceuticals is not just expensive, it's also deadly.
Consider JAMA's analysis of medical error deaths from the year 2000:
- 12,000 — unnecessary surgery
- 7,000 — medication errors in hospitals
- 20,000 — other errors in hospitals
- 80,000 — infections in hospitals
- 106,000 — non-error, negative effects of drugs
These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic (doctor induced) causes!! Accidental deaths per physician – 0.321. Statistics courtesy of the journal of the organization (AMA) that has made drug based medicine the paradigm of this era. (Journal American Medical Association July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5)
Now think about guns (statistics courtesy of FBI):
- The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
(Yes, that’s 80 million)
- The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
- The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188
A little math shows your risk of “accidental” death at the hands of your conventional doctor is approximately 17,074 times higher than your risk of accidental firearm death. Yes, SEVENTEEN THOUSAND TIMES HIGHER! Thanks to Dr. Robert Rowan for this lesson.
Yes, MDs also save lives in some areas of our healthcare system may be world-class. And yes there are MDs like Dr. Rowan who've rebelled against the system and can offer you safer and healthier alternatives to the pharmaceutical drug solution pedaled by most doctors. Most of those special MDs are costly to see, as in $800 or more for an initial appointment.
So you want to work in healthcare but you want to avoid the landmines, what do you do?
That's what this show is about! Where does the American system offer world-class care? Where are outcomes the best? What's likely to bring you the most satisfaction and still allow you to make a living?
We'll also talk about who broke American healthcare and how to help you avoid hitting a landmine unwittingly...
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