The editorial “A real medical emergency” (Dec. 28) demonstrates an inconsistent message on the part of The Augusta Chronicle.
I am proud of our newspaper; how many dailies in the United States support the conservative agenda that it does? However, we conservatives and Christians must educate ourselves to be consistent in every area.
The greatest reason for the tremendously high cost of medical care today was the enactment of Medicare in 1965. But the government was meddling in medicine before that with state licensure for physicians in the latter third of the 19th century. Then, the Flexner Report of 1910 by the Carnegie Foundation began to eliminate private medical schools by the costs incurred by this report, and by further state and federal legislation to implement it.
Many studies have attempted to show the correlation of physicians and presence of health care. What they have shown is that there is no correlation. The one statistic that does correlate is cost. More physicians mean increased costs. The iatrogenic (physician and health-care-caused) harms of modern medicine are staggering.
I can make the case that modern medicine in the United States has a net negative effect on health, but not in a short letter. And almost no one wants to hear that our “scientific” and all-encompassing medical system is in many ways detrimental to life and health.
Increasing the number of physicians in Georgia will not increase general health care, but greater expenses by the government will increase costs, decrease free enterprise and increase taxes.
For example: Medicaid is one of, if not, the largest item in all state budgets, and thus interferes with all other items in the state budget, while increasing taxes. Net better care could be delivered to that population by truly scientific-based medicine, but the mirage of better health care has become – through Obamacare – perhaps our worst tyrant.
Ed Payne, M.D.