Our extraordinary high cost for health insurance doesn’t translate into better health. Please read https://medium.com/@tjlphd_39492/health-insurance-causes-poor-health-8dbe5747d410 — the first in this series.
Here is another poignant example. The original article was published in Science News with the source being Harvard Medical School. Drum roll please….. And the title is:
Survival benefit seen for some patients when cardiologists are away at academic conferences
Translation: When the prestigious cardiologists are away, your chances of leaving the hospital alive goes UP!
Here is the article summary: Heart-attack sufferers who receive treatment during periods when interventional cardiologists are away at academic conferences are more likely to survive in the month after their heart attack than patients receiving treatment during non-meeting days.
The most “experienced” cardiologists are more likely to immediately perform a surgery. Surgeries are risky, in general, and more risky in unhealthy people. However, procedures are some of the more lucrative interventions so the hospital does profit well from them. The younger staff, with less experience, are more likely to put off surgeries. It’s that straight forward. Thus, here is the most simple conclusion:
Spend more (for the surgery) — die sooner.
As an interesting sidebar, the President of the American Heart Association suffered a massive heart attack WHILE at an AHA conference. A “lowly” EMT saved his life. The initial headlines stated that John Warner was recovering comfortably after a mild heart attack. Later, it was revealed by the EMT, that he nearly died if it were not for a quick and effective response.
Here are the two disparate headlines:
Betting money would suggest that he was on a statin drug and his “cholesterol” was well controlled. The medical community has turned its back on understanding what health really is, such that even the top officials are no longer in touch with the reality of good health.