It’s phony-baloney. This corporate entity has spent millions in ad money to look like Grandma and apple pie. AA|RP, has collected my name from the “list” of bodies for sale for online and mail targeting. It is not requested – I was purchased.
Approximately seven million people have AA|RP branded health insurance, including drug coverage and Medigap, as of April 2007 and AA|RP earns more income from selling insurance to members than it does from membership dues. In 2008, AA|RP plans to begin offering several new health insurance products: an HMO for Medicare recipients, in partnership with UnitedHealth Group; and a PPO and “a high-deductible insurance policy that could be used with a health savings account” to people aged 50–64, in partnership with Aetna. AA|RP will likely become the largest source of health insurance for Medicare recipients, and AA|RP estimates the new products will increase its health insurance customers to 14 million by 2014. (ref.)
AA|RP is merely the N|RA for seniors. It is an insurance lobby doing business under the fiction that it is a consumer group. I would not ‘join’ the AA|RP or the N|RA – in both cases, the ‘membership’ is an ornament to real operations.
The thought passes my mind – will I be scolded or reprimanded or pursued by the lawyers of the AA|RP, in the way that such organizations are wont to do? Perhaps, since I’m a little fish, I should hide. I’ll break up the letters so that the troll-bots don’t find the letter sequence. I won’t write any opinion, to avoid being targeted as an anti-AA|RP conspirator. This is the new way to freedom of speech, ladies and gentlemen! Like in China, you can say anything you want against the government – as long as you do it in private. The test for “doing it in private” depends on whether they catch you!
Propaganda passes hand to hand, as if to make the whole world understand. Bazinga!
12 Medical Mistakes That Can Harm You-The health care system has tried to battle medical errors, but mistakes still happen by Rich Laliberte, AA|RP Bulletin, September 1, 2016. Robert Wachter is an often-cited professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The hot-words are emphasized in red.
- Wrong diagnosis
First, understand what your doctor thinks you have. Ask for the medical terminology and look it up at home. Does the condition sound like yours? If not, ask your doctor what he ruled out and why? If the answers don’t sound right, get a second opinion. If you get a test, ask about results. Don’t assume that no news is good news. If results don’t add up, consider taking the test again: They’re not always 100 percent accurate.
- Sloppy practices
Ask your doctor to give you details on the guidelines that he’s following for your treatment. “If he looks at you funny, it might be time for a second opinion,” says John T. James, founder of the advocacy group Patient Safety America
- Drug blunders
Adverse drug events (in medical parlance) are still among the most common types of preventable harm.
- Dangerous doctors
- Knowledge gaps Doctors aren’t stupid. They just don’t know what they don’t know.
- Make your care safer Ask your doctor, “Is my care based on the latest evidence?” If you suspect that she’s not keeping up on guidelines that reflect the most recent studies, search for your condition (and any other conditions that you have, which may complicate your care) at the National Guideline Clearinghouse (guideline.gov) and ask your doctor to explain any discrepancies between professional recommendations and her own.
- Make your care safer If possible, choose a hospital that has converted to electronic medical records, which have been shown to improve patient safety, in part by making it easier to track and analyze safety metrics
- Make your care safer. Choose clinics that are affiliated with a bigger hospital or medical center. “Whether it translates to improved safety is hard to say, but I do think that if you go to a large organization with ambulatory care as part of it, you’re more likely to see data systems and specialized staff geared toward improving safety,” Wachter says.
- Don’t act as if well-meaning clinicians are deliberately screwing up your care, or threaten to call your lawyer. Be friendly and respectful, and don’t waste caregivers’ time on extraneous complaints they can’t do anything about, such as parking or the cost of medications.
- Lax hygiene-“Infection prevention is one of the most striking success stories of the past 16 years,” Wachter says.
- Discharge planning. Repeat discharge instructions back to your doctor in your own words
Medical Errors No. 3 Cause of Death in U.S.Bungled care costs 250,000 lives a year, behind heart disease and cancer by Candy Sagon, 5/4/16
Avoid the Hospital in July Why? New doctors and nurses report to work for the first time. by Sid Kirchheimer, Updated June 2013
You can feel it with Dennis Quad – “Visit the actor’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles to hear him talk about how he has changed since his twins nearly died from a medical error—and why he’s now speaking out against medical mistakes.”
Pay the family. The AA|RP endorses the RAISE. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act (S. 1719/H.R. 3099) would implement the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s bipartisan recommendation that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill would create an advisory body to bring together members of the private and public sectors to advise and make recommendations. The strategy would identify specific actions that communities, providers, employers, government, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.
Driving While Deaf: How to Stay Safe Strategies to use if you are pulled over by the police by Katherine Bouton, Sept. 6, 2016 The temptation to annotate this is nearly irresistible.
Each of the articles deserves a rich commentary – but I will not offer it here. Feel free to enter it in the responses and replies.
Here is a simple yes-or-no question. Do you rationally believe that more Americans have died from avoidable medical error since January 1, 2015 than died in World War II? Since the 4th of July this year than all the names on the Vietnam Wall?
HAVE MORE AMERICANS DIED since January 1, 2014 from avoidable medical mistakes, than all American military combat deaths since 1775? US Civil War, the World Wars, all ? Do you think so?
if you DO, why aren’t you doing something about it?
If you don’t believe this, then whose lie IS this, who profits from it, and why don’t you care?
If you’re not part of the solution…