meaning, who’s making a buck off the deal?
That’s a gold-star question whenever you see something screwed up that defies common sense. There may well be some game-playing going on.
Just 34 percent of U.S. adults polled in 2012 said they had “great confidence in the leaders of the medical profession,” down from 76 percent in 1966, according to the report.
And a survey of people in 29 countries found the United States ranked 24th in public trust of doctors. Just 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they “strongly agreed” or “agreed” with the statement that “doctors in your country can be trusted,” versus 83 percent of people who said the same in top-ranked Switzerland, and 79 percent in runner-up Denmark.
You know, I may have to revise my story – I suspect that DOCTORS who have “great confidence in the leaders of the medical profession” is a lot lower. But our Canadian friends say:
92 per cent of those surveyed said they hold doctors in high esteem, and an overwhelming proportion of Canadians believe their own GPs do a good job.
Survey participants were asked whether they thought it was a “major problem,” “minor problem,” or “not a problem,” that too many patients get tests and treatments that they don’t need.
49% of respondents said it was a major problem; and
39% said it was a minor problem.
But, when it came to their personal treatment by doctors over the last two years:
82% of respondents said that they hadn’t received any unnecessary medical test or treatment; and
87% said that their doctor had not recommended a more expensive test when a cheaper alternative would have worked just as well.
So folks realize that it is a major problem that doctors tend to over treat patients and to overuse newer technologies.
But they don’t believe that their personal doctor is at fault.
As the NPR poll shows, few patients question whether or not their doctors are administering the most efficient care possible. As a result- more tests and procedures are prescribed, which raises the cost of our healthcare system.
OK…WHAT IF… the polls asking people about whether ‘doctors in general’ are overusing the system, are nonsense based upon media spin, gossip and manipulation?
One comes from personal experience, and give high ratings to one’s own personal doctor. The other is a vague classification, asking people to regurgitate the ‘news’ that they’ve been told.
If you want to thoroughly restructure healthcare, you need to get rid of doctors. They are highly educated persons who engage in a biased relationship in favor of their own patient.
You can’t have that, just as you can’t have the attendant at the KFC Drive-Thru tell a 500 lb. client “This food might be bad for you, sir.”
To get Retail medicine, you can’t have any advocate for the patient involved in customer choice – they just need to pick a product off the shelf.
I’m endlessly telling people who ask about cold medicines that I never use them, get rest and use aspirin or Tylenol for fever. But the cold-and- cough industry is a billion-dollar business. It probably would be pleased if I would just shut up and hand out the antibiotics.
I think that the discrepancy is deliberate, and planned. Doctors in general have been disliked and feared for twenty years – but doctors in individual care are roundly praised.
If they made the same assertions about Blacks, women or Jews, it would be obviously bigotry. Why do we have this bigotry at home? Surely, there’s nothing inherent about doctors – they come from all groups, all strata, any of the many shades of gender. I think it’s a set-up.
During his evil reign, Hitler “pardoned” about 300-400 Jews and made them legally Aryan. They were individuals for whom Hitler had warm feelings, which were reciprocated. Goes to show ya…
As Stalin said, “Divide and Rule!”
A recent AP GfK poll found that only one-third of Americans feel that most other people can be trusted, down from half the respondents when researchers first asked the same question in 1972.
So the more pressured people are to act on their general suspicions, the more wary they are. In paradox, people are easily sold on trusting the familiar – that’s why so many Congressmen / Congresswomen get re-elected over and over, when the trust of Congress itself is abysmal.
“Trust” means the familiar, when it is marketed to you. Also spelled “TRUMP.”