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Does Medical Insurance Cover Health?

What are you getting for the hundreds or even thousands you are putting into your medical insurance every month?

The nation’s youngest and oldest citizens are suffering the most from a fragmented, wasteful and dangerous health care system, according to a new study. When compared with nearly two dozen other industrialized countries, the United States has the highest infant mortality rate and the lowest life expectancy for people who have reached age 60.

Those statistics were part of a new look at the U.S. healthcare system released by the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High-Performance Health System. The study looked at 37 national indicators of health outcomes, quality, access, equity and efficiency and assigned a score to each. The United States scored an average of 66 out of a possible 100, a failing grade.

Does Medical Intervention Increase Your Risk of Dying

Thousands could be saved if performance were improved in key areas, the nation could save an estimated 150,000 lives and perhaps as much as $100 billion annually, the report’s authors concluded.

Given that the United States spends more on healthcare than any other country, it should be doing better. ~ Cathy Schoen, Senior Vice President of the Commonwealth Fund.

Six years after a landmark report on medical errors, the United States still lacks an error-reporting system to assess safety. In the past two years, one-third of patients reported a medical, medication or lab test mistake. (Only 10% of these are reported/admitted medical errors).

I took Philosophy in college. We learned the “If — then” rule of “Cause — effect”. The two times medical intervention is at its highest in the U.S. are at birth and after sixty. IF this were a good thing, THEN these would be the two times in life where we would be the healthiest.

The truth, however, is that we have the highest chance of death in the world before two and after fifty-nine. Therefore, IF there’s more medical intervention at before two and after fifty-nine and this is when we have the highest chance of death, THEN more medical intervention is responsible for those deaths. The best way to be HEALTHY is to invest in your health regularly, not spend once you have lost your health.

Why You Should Invest In Your Health

Clearly, people, insurance companies, and businesses should be investing in health and not ‘protection’ from disease and pain. Time and money spent on chiropractic care saves millions of lives and prevents the spending of billions of dollars on drugs and surgery. Plus, chiropractic intervention guarantees that you’re well –unlike the results of taking dangerous drugs.

That is why I went on to become a chiropractor. The study seen above shows that U.S. medical doctors have it all wrong when it comes to medicine, and “health” insurance covers nothing that helps you get well. While they don’t intend to do more harm than good, they partake in a system that should have been reviewed a long time ago.

The word iatrogenic means death induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy. This term is used especially if there is a complication following a treatment or during a stay at a hospital. The people who die due to what are classified as “iatrogenic causes” are people who would not have died if doctors had properly diagnosed and treated them.

While some studies, using limited numbers, have the iatrogenic deaths listed as the third leading cause of death in America new research shows that the estimated total number of deaths induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures in the U.S. annually falls between 783,936 and 999,936.

From these numbers, it becomes evident that our conventional, modern medical system is itself the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S. as approximately 553,251 died of cancer, and an astonishing 699,697 Americans died of heart disease in 2001. These numbers are established from the total deaths directly derived from adverse drug reactions, medical error, bedsores, infection, malnutrition in hospitals, outpatients, unnecessary procedures, and those related to surgery.

Why Are Treatment Related Deaths Underreported?

For fear of being sued and other negative repercussions, as few as 5 percent and no more than 20 percent of iatrogenic acts are ever reported by doctors or hospitals. This implies that if medical errors were completely and accurately reported, we would have an iatrogenic death toll much higher than 783,936 – 999,936 annually.

You see examples of this in the media every day. Drugs like Vioxx, Avandia, Rezulin, and Paxil have all made news for causing tens of thousands of deaths. It wasn’t until international celebrities such as Health Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith became victims of legally prescribed prescription medication that our own nation began to take a closer look at the fatal outcome of these medications.

Why Isn’t Chiropractic Care Part of the Health Care Standard?

As the concept of wellness and “Alternatives” to medicine grows, the relationship between Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Chiropractic has improved greatly.  Unfortunately, because standards of medical care do not include Chiropractic and the medical administrative position on alternatives is ambivalent at best – you don’t see many referrals happening.

Many medical professionals are patients in our offices and many more have told us that they see the benefits of Chiropractic but simply aren’t allowed to refer. Because chiropractors are in many ways the “other doctors” and in the mind of some medical authorities the “Competition”, there’s been a long-standing issue with the two working together.

It is my goal to embrace the differences between medicine and Chiropractic and get along.  We envision a world where chiropractors lead the charge for health and wellness and medical doctors continue their fine work in crisis care.

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