By Myron Horst
The news media has kept our focus on “ObamaCare” in recent years, and while our attention was diverted, some major changes have occurred in hospitals that are not related to “ObamaCare” or the pharmaceutical industry. Healthcare is the #1 industry in America. As such, it has attracted the attention of investors and others whose primary focus is on the money that can be made in healthcare.
I have been wanting to, and not wanting to, write an article on this subject ever since my mother’s hospital experience and passing this spring. My sisters and I noticed a significant change in how the doctors related to the patients than what it had been in previous stays that our mother had in the hospital. Some of the doctors were rude and had very poor bedside manners. We received a lot of pressure from multiple doctors to make a specific decision that seemed to be motivated more for the hospital’s benefit than for my mother’s health. It was obviously a coordinated effort and not just the decision of one doctor. We were so annoyed by the one doctor that we actually asked for him to be removed from my mother’s care. We also noticed that all the doctors seemed to be employees of the hospital.
About a month later, I read an article written by Virginia Hopkins about her mother going to the hospital with a slight stroke. She described her mother going through similar things that we had experienced. I realized that some major changes were taking place in hospitals. I strongly encourage you to read Virgina Hopkins’ article:
When a Parent Goes to the Emergency Room
A little over a week ago, the New York Times had a large article on our hospitals and how, in the last number of years, hospitals, private equity firms, and insurance companies have been buying up doctors’ practices, and the doctors have become employees of the hospital or the investment group. The parent company then puts pressure on doctors to admit people into the hospital, to request unnecessary tests, and to refer patients to doctors within the company system. The focus is on making money. Because of the monopoly that some of the hospitals have, they are able to charge excessive prices for their services. The hospitals are able to charge higher prices when doctors work for them than when the docters were in private practice.
This article, I believe, is very important for you to read. It explains why our family and Virginia Hopkins had the hospital experiences that we did. Times have changed. Doctors and hospitals are not operating the same as they did only five years ago. It is important that you know what is going on so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the healthcare system.
New York Times – A Hospital War Reflects a Tightening Bind for Doctors Nationwide
False Breast Cancer in 1.3 million Cases!
Cancer is big business for doctors and hospitals. We are hearing of more and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer. In November 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine released a shocking report stating that in 2008, 31% of the diagnosed breast cancer cases were not cancer at all. They state “We estimated that breast cancer was overdiagnosed (i.e., tumors were detected on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms) in 1.3 million U.S. women in the past 30 years. We estimated that in 2008, breast cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed.”
Natural News has an article going into more detail: Shock Study: Mammograms a medical hoax, over one million American women maimed by unnecessary ‘treatment’ for cancer they never had. http://www.naturalnews.com/038099_mammograms_false_positives_overdiagnosis.html
After finding out the information in the New York Times article and the report on breast cancer in the New England Journal of Medicine, I reflected back on my mother’s case. I was with my mother when the oncologist diagnosed her with stage four cancer. We had read the lab report before we met with him. The lab report on the MRI and biopsy showed pneumonia and a very small speck of potential cancer. He was very quick to state confidently that it was stage four cancer and that she should start chemo immediately. We questioned him about his diagnosis and his response was basically that because of his expertise he could tell that it was cancer.
When my mother went to the hospital six months later because she was having difficulty breathing, they were quick to say that it was definitely the cancer in its advanced stages, and they basically gave up on her. The X-ray showed something in the lungs that could have been cancer or pneumonia. The oncologist, a different doctor and in a different hospital, was again quick to state that it was cancer. When I questioned him, he admitted that he had not looked at the X-ray before he came to talk with us. (He was the doctor that we fired). We were shocked recently when my sister read the death certificate and found that it stated that the primary cause of death was pneumonia! The secondary cause was advanced lung cancer. Did she have lung cancer, or was it only pneumonia? We will never know. But knowing what I know now, there is a possibility that she might not have had cancer.
Hospitals and doctors can be hazardous to our health and life. It is important, more now than ever, to do all we can to not need their “services”. It is our goal here at Jehovah-Jireh Farm to help provide good, healthy food to help keep you healthy and out of the doctor’s office and hospital.