The question being asked by more Americans and their doctors across the United States is who’s in charge of our health care—is it your doctor, your insurance company or your congressman?
“If you think it’s your doctor, think again,” said Robbinsville, New Jersey physician John Tedeschi on Tuesday. “It’s greedy insurance companies — and government mandates — that are dictating your treatment and medications.”
“There is a great difference between medical knowledge, used with compassion, by a physician — and the new ‘system-based practice’ established by the government, a system that is mandated in order to help reduce the national debt.”
The federal government has used “half-truths and misleading statements disparaging physicians and our American health care system,” says San Antonio, Texas physician Dr. Kristin Story Held, and “now that we have seen what is in the law, we know it is not the right solution.”
Dr. Tedeschi says the government and insurance companies have established specific coverage determinations that place limitations on care. “The government is trying to save money on one hand – while insurance companies take giant steps to make money on the other – all at the expense of proper health care for the average American citizen.”
“Couple this with new and inferior healthcare regulations and standards that are being drawn up and established by everyone EXCEPT doctors, and you’ve got a once-superior healthcare system that is rapidly on the decline.”
Dr. Tedeschi says these mandates have nothing to do with medicine and everything to do with money.
“Rather than treat patients equally, according to their issues, we are told how much time we can spend, and we’re told to treat patients based only on their ability to pay, and the type of insurance coverage they have,” Dr. Tedeschi says. “That approach is not only unethical, but it’s also immoral. But our hands are tied; it’s now the law.”
“Patients need to be aware that medical decisions that affect them directly are clearly being made by people who have no formal medical training and whose sole interest is financial,” says Dr. Tedeschi.
To address the issues facing doctors today, a medical summit is being held in Keystone, Colorado on July 20-26 this summer where thousands of doctors from around the country will meet to discuss ways of “taking back medicine” — away from the bureaucrats and lobbyists and non-medical decision makers. The summit is tagged, “Let My Doctor Practice.”
Dr. Tedeschi also points to the increasing use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are stepping in and, in many cases, calling the shots, outside their area of training.
“And new doctors are being taught early to ‘ration’ care as they are brainwashed into thinking about saving money first — and true patient care second,” Dr. Tedeschi warns. “If people don’t start complaining to insurance companies and the government about this lessening of care, things are only going to get worse. Remember the adage, ‘Behavior rewarded is behavior repeated.’”
“Time, for all of us, is running out,” cautions Dr. Tedeschi. “Unfortunately, this is the reality.”