Proponents say electronic health records are superior in many ways. … Also, worries about patients’ privacy persist. – Arizona Republic
The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States”. Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. … the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. … Tom Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make. The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness…” [Bloomberg Reports]
A tale of two views, Big Brother making your health care decisions. The Arizona Republic is careful to avoid telling you why the medical industry in Arizona is moving so quickly to digital and database; simple, those medical providers not in compliance will not become approved providers on your healthcare insurance unless they comply.
Of course, you don’t have to comply. But then again, the costs of maintaining your medical services with a doctor not in compliance will be astronomical. The debt of the Obama stimulus program is being used to force your medical and healthcare decisions into the hands of a federal bureaucracy.
Here’s where the dog hunts: My 71 year old aunt has lived in Great Britain for going on 25 or more years now and is a legal property owning tax-paying resident. She had her first heart attack when she was 66. Although diagnosed as needing a bypass procedure, she was not “approved” by the government health ministry for the procedure until 2 more heart attacks and 3 years had passed. The reason? Simple, she was judged too old to be given medical priority (that and she was a Yank not a Brit).
The system had decided her priority for medical treatment. She is a used bookstore manager and co-owner, but her expected future productivity was deemed insufficient against other medical users of more value to the state.
Of course silly me, that’s only in Great Britain. It could never happen here.
Then again, maybe it could. Read Tom Daschle’s book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” If you are over 50, be concerned. As for the buffoons at the Arizona Republic? They’ll print anything if they think it makes the Administration’s programs look good.
File this under, O’bam-it!