A word about doctors

As a neurosurgeon, I have known many surgeons, in many sub-specialties, who serve their profession with the skill of the most talented of artists. They work very long hours at a pace few others in our society could even attempt, and they do this almost every day and night of the week. They sacrifice many of their weekends, lose enormous amounts of sleep, and have little time to spend with their families.

As if they are not under enough stress, the government, ligation lawyers, and insurance companies have placed them under a burden that is close to destroying the profession. This not only includes a dramatic loss of income, but threats of stiff jail sentience for minor coding errors and other bureaucratic mistakes, no matter how innocent. Doctors are so stressed out that they tare retiring early, changing professions, and turning to drugs and alcohol in alarming numbers.

As a result of all this, patients are also suffering because doctors expenses have skyrocketed and operating funds dwindled, they have to see twice as many patients as they normally would. This means that each patient will be hurried through so that they can see the next one. As a result, the patient has little time to discuss anyting with the doctor, and the doctor has little time to even get to know the patients.

To save on expenses, doctors form huge groups, which means you may see a different doctor on each visit. The doctor you see knows nothing about you, other than the few notes scribbled by the last doctor. This crazy system was largely created because of the insurance companies and the Medicare/Medicaid system. Medicare pays about forty cents on the dollar and Medicaid about twenty cents. The paperwork necessary for these payer systems costs the doctor a large share of his income.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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