Fear of the unknown (and healthcare)

As part of the wonderful bureaucracy that is health care in the United States I’ve signed many many forms recently. I’ve remarked on who to contact in case of emergency and the question of whether or not I’m pregnant. As a patient with no insurance, there is no paperwork, no image of concern, no impression of a trail of paperwork. Now, there is paperwork everywhere. Beyond that, I have doctors referring me to other doctors. It’s almost like you are a full time

The health care system in this county has definitely turned into a nightmare. No, is a nightmare, no turned into. Allergies? Talk to an allergist. Migraines? You have migraines? Was an MRI used in diagnosis? (Because otherwise it doesn’t count!! neener neener!!) You have x, y, and sometimes z? Well, that’s another specialist.

I think the population’s general fear of the unknown has helped breed the multitude of specialists. What happened to people being a whole person, not just parts with different symptoms? What happened to being able to afford to see a doctor without paying a large amount of money into a health insurance company? Who keeps health care providers in business, people or insurance? Who keeps health insurance companies in business, health care providers or people? Who fuels the fears about health concerns/problems? The insurance companies or the doctors?

And I haven’t even mentioned the drug companies yet!

It shouldn’t be called health care anymore. A bureaucrat needs to come up with another term. Yes, it refers to your health, but, not in a general fashion, only in the way that symptoms also refer to your health. And everyone knows one symptom can mean more than one thing. Who the hell knows what two different specialists in the same damn field would think about the same damn problem.

Based upon how much the doctor I saw today was in love with technology and referring to specialists (in love with is not the greatest way to refer to how she acted, but best thing I can come up wtih) then I’m not surprised that the medical community has hate and distrust for homeopathic practioners.

I wonder what would happen to the health care providers if people started to distrust anything they were told. What would happen if people started wanting answers and advise, not drugs to make them feel better. It’s obvious the system is becoming more in love with technology and drugs and specialists than just a few years ago.

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