you've landed on this page, you're probably looking for support or
answers to health questions. Are you sick and tired of
being sick and tired? Have you recently received a diagnosis
and the options your doctor has prescribed frighten you? Are you searching for alternatives, and you're still left
scratching your head? I'm glad you're here.
The only thing that stands between a person and their own perfect health is information. Empowered with the right information, anyone can improve their health, reduce their dependence on prescription drugs, and enhance their quality of life.
How many times have you gone to the doctor, expecting to uncover the cause of an illness, only to leave without answers and a handful of prescriptions? You have questions and worries that you would like to address with your physician, but you can't seem to fit them in. Your doctor spends a quick 10 minutes with you, then is off to the next patient.
Unfortunately, it's happening far too often.
Like so many questions in health care, the answer to WHY is, of course, “ $ follow the money $ ”
Doctors are paid by insurance and Medicare for every patient they see according to WHY they see the patient, and what procedures they perform, NOT by the amount of time they spend with the patient.
Those payments are calculated according to the code for the diagnosis or procedure. For procedure “A”, they will get $XXX., no matter how long it takes to complete this procedure. It will vary with different insurance plans, or from Medicare or Medicaid, but the bottom line is, because doctors are paid for the number of patients and number of procedures, and not how much time any of those take, there is very little incentive for the doctor to spend much time with each patient. The more patients, the more money he brings home.
The health care industry is big business and big business means big bucks. Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. Hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to doctors in cash payments, research money, free meals, travel, speaking engagements and other perks. But is it good medicine? While legal, the practice raises questions about potential conflicts, and whether the interests of patients may be compromised.