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Medical Reform Activism - A Mindful Approach
    
Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
   
This site explains why many health-care activism efforts are at an impasse.
We propose a plan that will effect dramatic change in health-care without additional expense.   

Most health-care activists present proposals for universal  coverage, submitting a long list of services that they desire everyone to have access to, and then suggesting various sources of money to pay for these programs.  The financing, for the most part, involves taking money from one group's pockets, and giving it to another.

You may feel that this is a noble and just effort.  But justice aside,  there is a very large segment of the population that resists having their pockets picked.  Furthermore, plans following this general model have been tried unsuccessfully in many countries throughout the world.  Their results have been far from satisfactory.

  A sizeable portion of our population suffers from some form of chronic illness; all the money in the world could not buy these people good health.

The pharmaceutical industry is burgeoning at a monstrous rate, due largely to the prescribing habits of doctors. There are thousands of debilitating, chronic
illnesses that we cannot diagnose;
there are thousands more that we cannot treat, even with the aid of countless prescription drugs, and billions of dollars.

Doctors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. ...according to the July 26, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 284.  The actual statistics are probably higher, due to treatments that harm, rather than help patients.  An over-reliance on prescription medication is the primary cause of such fatalities.  It makes little sense for activists to fight for universal access to a harmful and dysfunctional system.

Activism is like selling a product.  If you are going to be successful,  your product must be something that people will buy.  If people won't buy your product, then you will be forced to return to the drawing board and reexamine it.  The following is a step-by-step plan for health-care activism.

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