More doctors won't help

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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.

Augusta

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/09/12 - 04:56 am
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An out-of-the-box view that

An out-of-the-box view that should make us all think. I can believe excessive government regulation resulted in a decrease of medical schools. I also totally concur that Medicare resulted in driving up health care costs like nothing else in history.

agustinian
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agustinian 01/09/12 - 07:21 am
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Hmmmmm! A doctor claiming

Hmmmmm! A doctor claiming more doctors won't lower costs, is like the car salesman saying more car dealer won't lower car prices.
If Dr. Payne is right, then he will have discovered a new economic principal that contravenes the demand vs. supply curve. And if he is right, then he deserves a Nobel prize in economics.
But, Dr. Payne, I wouldn't buy your ticket to Oslo just yet.

soldout
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soldout 01/09/12 - 07:23 am
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excellent letter in all

excellent letter in all respects. I focus on alternative care and see it as being 50 years ahead in some areas. They are so many excellent ways to improve health and treat disease at almost no cost but those aren't promoted. Energy medicine is really the wave of the future. Things are being done now, like treating people thousands of miles away with no drugs and doing it is a few minutes. Our bodies have a lab, a transmitter and a receiver and those working together can be used by energy medicine in ways you have to see to believe. Have you ever been walking around at the mall and think of someone you haven't seen in a long time and turn the corner and there they are? If you have, you just used the transmitter and receiver built into your body in your electrical system. That receiver picked up the frequency of the person who was close but not in sight yet because they were transmitting a signal. That is the system that makes you uncomfortable when someone gets in your face and wakes you up when someone leans over you. Many of your physical problems are in that electrical system and can be fixed in that system without drugs or anything invasive and done in minutes. That applies to emotional and mental situations also. That is why naet and eft are having great success.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/09/12 - 07:38 am
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soldout said.. Have you ever

soldout said..

Have you ever been walking around at the mall and think of someone you haven't seen in a long time and turn the corner and there they are? If you have, you just used the transmitter and receiver built into your body in your electrical system

Yes...that happens to me & I fully believe we can transmit signals to others....that probably will be the next great discovery in medicine (years to come)....we are capable of so much more than we realize now but I find it amazing.

soldout
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soldout 01/09/12 - 07:57 am
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the good thing seenitB4 is

the good thing seenitB4 is that it is already here and is being used even in the Denver football game yesterday

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/09/12 - 08:09 am
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True soldout.....I feel that

True soldout.....I feel that is how prayer works.....wouldn't it be great if enough people used that to re-create the economy--close the divisions in congress--make our world work again---- if only we would---we would close down most jails & use the $$$ for medicine/healing----I think it will be possible 1day...

soldout
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soldout 01/09/12 - 10:00 am
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good words seenitB4; stay

good words seenitB4; stay blessed and keep speaking those good things. God wants us well and to prosper. Most people's troubles would be gone if they knew how much God loves them and how much He is willing to show them and the joy He will give them.

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Jon Lester 01/09/12 - 12:30 pm
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There is a causal

There is a causal relationship between advocating the "conservative agenda" and contradictory editorial positions, because there's no other way to do it. Facts have a liberal bias, you know.

Speaking of inconsistent reasoning, are you suggesting that increasing the supply of health care personnel will also increase the cost? We never hear that from any other conservative economic opinion.

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pearlthesquirrel 01/09/12 - 12:31 pm
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I'm sure we've all heard the
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I'm sure we've all heard the saying: "Every now and then even a blind squirrel finds a nut." Well, today is the day that squirrel (me) found that nut. I was wondering when it was going to happen - and it happened only nine days into the new year. What happened? The first letter to get printed for Ed Payne, M.D. in 2012, that's what. Seriously, The Augusta Chronicle should change it's name to The Ed Payne, M.D. Chronicles. Is this guy on a retainer fee? Does he get paid for every article he gets printed? Does his brother, sister, uncle, aunt, or anyone in his line of sanguinity work for the paper? He gets a letter printed every 40 or 50 days on average. I submit: 1/6/2011 and 3/4/2011 and 4/4/2011 and 5/30/2011 and 7/22/2011 and 9/2/2011 and 10/6/2011 and 11/14/2011 - eight articles written by Ed Payne, M.D. and printed in 2011 within The Chronicle. And that leads to the obvious follow up question: If The Chronicle printed eight (now nine) of his letters, just how many DIDN'T they print?
QUESTION:
What should the name of the paper really be?
A.) The Ed Payne Chronicles
B.) The Augusta Chronicle
C.) The Bible 2.0

Send your replies to:
Pearl The Squirrel
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Oak Nut, Georgia 66666-6666

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/09/12 - 01:13 pm
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"Facts have a liberal bias,

"Facts have a liberal bias, you know". That must be one of those, "If you say it enough times" kind of things.

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socks99 01/09/12 - 06:34 pm
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Regardless of the 'more

Regardless of the 'more doctors needed' theory, policy-makers have NOT a clue about either the actual dimensions of the inflation in health care costs, nor the causative issues associated with same. It's as though a fast-moving and potentially fatal disease remains undiagnosed and untreated because politicians can get more mileage out of delivering certain political favors to the 'chosen' regions!

Keep in mind, the 'more doctors needed' mantra -- originally related to real demographic issues -- was quickly hijacked and used as a cheap pitch to build a new and more expensive medical school. Perhaps the public shouldn't know or think about the real facts and issues. As they say, it will be all right!

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drivenslow 01/09/12 - 07:38 pm
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energy medicine huh....cuckoo
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energy medicine huh....cuckoo cuckoo

edpaynemd
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edpaynemd 01/09/12 - 08:31 pm
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I suggest pearlthesquirrel

I suggest pearlthesquirrel read the letter writer criteria at the bottom of the editorial page in the Chronicle. I followed their rules, as documented by "pearl."

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