Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

Put the Caring Back into Health Care: Medicine in America

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Last week I blogged about Dr. and Master Sha and his Soul Healing Miracles. It got me thinking about medicine in 2123984831_b421632b55America. In a nutshell, our system is a mess.

At the same time that American medicine is rightfully viewed as the  top medical system in the world in terms of technology, research, and innovation with the best trained doctors in the world, American medicine is also the most expensive, the least personal, and perhaps the most corrupt system in the world as well.  The corruption starts with Medicare and the temptation that large hospitals and medical groups have to encourage unnecessary medical tests and operations purely for financial gain. The corruption extends to drug companies, insurance companies and other components of both private and government health care providers and regulators whose goals and motives are profit and power and not the care of human beings. (more…)

DEATH AND TAXES

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

We tend to think of ourselves as responsible for those in our families. We believe that being family should make us close.  And we like to think we exercise some control in our lives and in the lives of those we love.  But none of this is necessarily true.

I received a phone call from a social worker in New Jersey yesterday. She reported that my older brother Robert is refusing treatment for a heart condition, has pneumonia, and is likely to die relatively soon if untreated. She asked if I or other members of my family wanted to intervene. The reality is we are sad but at some level at peace with this news. Robert has been violently schizophrenic for at least the last three decades. He has tried to kill me several times and it has been a challenge to care for him. He is the basis for the character of Louis in the novel The Twelve. (more…)