Self-Rationing Healthcare

Here is an example why America cannot have a socialized healthcare system like Canada, England, etc. Americans want what they want, they want the best, they want it now and they want it for free.  Recently, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) pointed out that a new proposed model will need our citizens to take more responsibility for the cost of their treatment.

He gave a personal example of how do this: When his 10-year-old son recently fell on the driveway one evening and injured his arm, Huizenga waited until the next day to take him to the doctor because it cost less than bringing him to the emergency room that night.

What was the response by the media from this admission?

At a time when Republicans are broadcasting plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act next year, it’s an unsettling proposition that people with an undiagnosed and potentially serious ailment or broken body part should choose to get treated later, or less often, to save money.

Huizenga said he “certainly” would have brought his son to the E.R. that night if he appeared seriously injured. But he’s not a doctor who can make a clear assessment. A broken bone not treated properly, for example, can fuse incorrectly and require a fresh break to heal properly. What appears to be a lingering cold may be pneumonia, which, left untreated, will make a person sicker and cost even more to remedy. Cancer not caught early is much more likely to be fatal.

Yup, this article was from the left’s propaganda arm called the Huffington Post.  According to them, EVERY ILLNESS should be brought to the ER. In fact, they were so bothered by what Huizenga said that they called Child Protective Services.

What they don’t understand is that Huizenga was right and the only thing he should have added to his statement (and I am making this up) was that he had a DPC doc who he called and she guided him in his treatment.  It is what my patients do. That would have shut these idiots up. It would have allowed him to continue the discussion without these morons hijacking it and trying to make a child abuse claim.  The truth is that a free market coupled with personal responsibility is the only way we can fix this mess.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Self-Rationing Healthcare

  1. Pat
    December 27, 2016 at 8:44 am

    People are amazed when I tell them about all the piddly, stubbed-toe, sniffly nose, minor BS that comes into the ER every day. The funny part however, is that I know very well that some of the people so aghast at stories of minor complaints coming to the ER would do the exact same damn thing if it were themselves.

    Patients and there families will not use good judgment until they are forced to balance their own interests, and poisonous pieces like this keep telling them not what they need to hear, but what they want to hear. Conflating “Cancer not caught early is much more likely to be fatal” with an arm skinned on the driveway is just the sort of garbage we’re going to hear a lot more of.

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