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The Hospital and the Slaughterhouse: Modern American Medicine

May 12, 2012

Silverwolf has seen it over and over: Americans in the medical care schemes, both governmental and private, being treated like the industrial animals that those same Americans eat. If you treat the animals like things, then you’ll end up getting treated like a thing. And that is exactly what is happening in this torture chamber known as American Medicine.

Not that it’s that much different in other countries. The myth that America is Capitalist, and Britain, Canada, and Australia are Socialist because the latter three have government medicine plans that all are forced into, is just that, a myth. (We recently saw Daniel Hannan, the British MP, talking about how much better American medical care was than British health care. As if there was much difference in the levels of incompetence!) It is merely a matter of degree. Those in America who are on government medical schemes, like Medicare and the Veterans Administration, well know how they are treated, and what monumental amounts of form filling and red tape must be dealt with by a sick person, as well as the government medical care tactic of putting tests and surgeries well into the future, allowing the patient to sit with their disease for months untreated, whereas they probably would have been treated far sooner under a private system. Prior to government medicine, much of this energy went into treating the patient, and resulted in lower costs to the consumer. Now, the doctor and the hospital will run every conceivable test, because they are on a pay for fee system, with the government footing the bill, and many of these tests have actual negative side effects on the patient, a patient who is most probably already diseased in some way. These tests in themselves can push a condition from benign to acute or critical. But they mean big money for the hospitals, labs and doctors. And even in the private insurance plans, the providers know that the more tests they run, the bigger the bill. The BBC recently had a report precisely on the topic of unnecessary tests being run in America, and the “expert” explained that it was because America was on a pay-for-service system, so it paid to run useless tests on the Human Guinea Pigs.

Now in a system as has been proposed by Congressman Ron Paul, there would be no government involvement in medical care. Patients would pay cash, insurance companies would offer catastrophic medical coverage for an affordable premium, and the indigent could be treated at charity hospitals supported by donations. (People could still pay into a government medical scheme if they wanted to, but all the costs would have to be bourne by the participants.) Without this injection of government funds pushing up the cost of medical inflation constantly, bills would be far lower, and the physician and patient could discuss which tests might be useful, with the patient getting the final say on what tests he was subjected to.

Another big cost-saver would be to have the patient sign a legal disclaimer as to the liability of the physician for any malpractice charges that might be brought in the future. Presumably, if the patient is going to this specific doctor, he has a certain confidence in his professional competence. Imagine a renowned cardiologist, 50 years in the profession — if a patient goes to him, the patient certainly has the expectation that the physician is competent. But in the course of human action there is always the possibility of mistakes. Now, would the patient be willing to take a 40% discount in his bill in exchange for signing a legal liability waiver with this renowned physician whom he has dealt with for decades without a problem? Probably yes. But the government comes in, puts no caps on liability awards, thus forcing the physician to purchase liability insurance that is astronomically expensive, which in turn forces him to add a large percentage to each patient’s bill in order just to cover the premiums. And so the malpractice insurance companies are bilking both the doctor and the patient for huge amounts, thanks to the government, just because we don’t have the liability disclaimer Silverwolf has suggested above.

Silverwolf recently heard of a case that seems typical of how government medical care now works in America: A man went in to have an aneurysm in his groin corrected. After the surgery, overnight in the hospital, the man had a heart attack. He was given oxygen, but without moisture, according to one of his visitors. He developed pneumonia. He spent about a month in the hospital, where they also threw in a bowel resection for good measure, so that he now voided into a sack. He was then airlifted to a facility 170 miles from his home, out of state, making visits from friends and relatives arduous, having to drive through mountain roads in the winter. After several months on a ventilator, being fed 1000 calories a day from a bag, the man was returned to his state. Finally off the ventilator, a semi-nursing home was found for him; oxygen tanks and other equipment were rented, but on his first night there he vomited and the caregiver, who was not a registered nurse or nursing assistant, panicked and called an ambulance. He was transported 40 miles back to the hospital where he’d started out for his aneurysm repair four months earlier. After several days, he was transported to a local fully-equipped nursing home. A week later it was discovered that he had terminal pancreatic cancer, which he’d probably had all through this months-long ordeal, although evidently he was never tested for this, nor did any physician ever seem to have a clue that this could possibly be the case. He died two days later.

One of this man’s medical bills came to over $998,000,000, according to his Power of Attorney administrator. It was paid by Medicare. There goes another thousandth of a Billion onto the national debt, and into the pockets of the nursing homes and insurance milkers.

This man would undoubtedly have been better off to have had his aneurysm blow out and die passed out after a few minutes, for his case well illustrates how government interference in medicine, and the easy profits it facilitates, has lead to many charlatans entering the field whose only aim is money, instead of observing the Hippocratic Oath or caring about the patient. It also leads to horrendous costs for those forced to purchase private insurance, which even then usually only covers 70-80% of the bill. This is the great American medical system that the Democrats want to force everyone into, so that Mr. Buffett, and the other insurance industry moguls that back them, can all make even more easy money.

But all this should not surprise us, for Human Beings in America (and Australia and Canada and England) are treated exactly the same as the people in those countries treat their factory farm animals. The mass butchery of the innocent Animals that goes on daily in Western countries, and all over the World, is a deep moral stain on modern man, given the huge supply of beans, nuts, and seeds that could be produced on earth, as well as other high protein foods like potatoes. And Silverwolf believes that Libertarianism, which is based on a deep respect and non-aggression tpwards other Human Beings, will never succeed or be complete until Men (voluntarily) become Vegetarians or Vegans.

When Men treat Animals with respect, then they will be treated with respect.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf