Natural Health Care Blog
February 7, 2016
How Would Treatment of Workers’ Compensation Change If the Act to Protect the Privacy of Health Care Decisions is Passed?
Injured workers access to timely treatment would no longer be at the mercy of insurance companies and their ilk. Now, most treatment must be authorized by the workers compensation carrier before it can be received. Now, this process takes weeks to months while patients suffer the consequences of delayed care. After passage of the Act, patients could simply go and get the treatment they need. This means less suffering and much better outcomes. Workers’ compensation care costs should drop because fewer complications that result from delayed treatment will have a chance to occur.
February 7, 2016
Yes. Medi-Cal would have to offer spinal manipulative therapy as an alternative to addicting patients to opiates or forcing them into spinal surgery if a patient wants treatment for spinal related pain. Medi-Cal would have to pay for treatment by acupuncturists that is competently rendered and focused on successfully treating the condition for which treatment is sought.
For doctors who are employees of Medi-Cal, Medical could mandate that doctors provide a therapeutic trial before ordering “confirmatory tests”. If the trial is effective, the diagnosis is confirmed. The test would have been unnecessary. Medi-Cal could not refuse a patient’s request for a test, but Medi-Cal could refuse to keep employee staff that wastes money. However, before firing a provider for not following the employer’s treatment policy the employer would have to prove that the doctor was a) not responding to patient requests when providing care contrary to policy, b) was negligent or incompetent, c) wasting money, d) the policy was the best treatment for the patient, e) the provider failed to attempt to educate and inform the patient concerning the benefits and risks of the policy.
February 7, 2016
The administration of the current system of “utilization review” and pre-authorization would cease, saving billions. Delays in treatment caused by the current system would disappear, eliminating the complications and increased costs that currently result from such delays. The money currently wasted by delaying care and the litigation costs resulting from denying care would be eliminated.
People would live longer less sick lives, allowing them to pay into the system longer and resulting in the payments to expense ratio to increase, making the cost per year lived less.
January 19, 2016
Fundamental to the right to make health care decisions privately, is the right to make them without government interference. If the government mandates a course of action, the decision to take or not take action is no longer the individual’s; it is the government’s.
January 15, 2016
How Would Passage of the Act to Protect the Privacy of Health Care Decisions Affect Private Insurance Contracts?
First, entering into a contract with an insurance company for provision of health care is a health care decision. Once the terms of the contract are settled, the contract, having been entered into voluntarily, would limit decisions to the extent the contract limits decisions. Here are some examples:
January 4, 2016
When I was a boy, the thought that any government could coerce any free person of sound mind to do or not do something affecting one’s own health was inconceivable. The thought that a parent could be prohibited from knowing what his or her children were doing to affect their health was outrageous. Any healthcare practitioner touching a child without a parent’s consent except in case of emergency could be subject to suit or criminal liability. Only the Nazis practiced enforced health care and denied health care to citizens of sound mind. As a friend of mine from China once said, “No matter how bad the communists are, at least they don’t interfere with parents care of their children.” That our state government could deny access to health care just because one was injured at work was beyond the realm of reason! Yet within the past decades, our Legislature has enacted laws that do interfere with our parental care of our children, that do force medical treatments upon them, and that deny people expedient, or in some cases, any care simply because they are injured at work and want to avoid surgery. What has our legislature become?
November 10, 2015
Most patients find the Acupuncture treatments very relaxing which brings on a feeling of well-being. Many fall asleep once the needles are in place. As a sign of “Obtaining the Qi” patients may feel a sensation of heaviness, soreness, numbness, or dull ache at or near the needles or along the meridians, nerves or muscles associated with the point. Needle insertion is usually painless. Beneficial effects can usually be felt after the first treatment, but in some cases the effects are subtle with a slowly noticeable return to health. As National Institute of Health 1997 Consensus Statement on Acupuncture said:
“Acupuncture focuses on a holistic, energy based approach to the patient, rather than a disease oriented diagnostic and treatment model.”
November 10, 2015
If you never heard of Acupuncture, the first question you would ask is “How does Acupuncture work?”. According to classical doctrines of Chinese Medicine, there is an unceasing flow of “life energy” called Qi and pronounced “Chee” throughout all living things. In humans, Qi originates in internal organs and circulates through channels called meridians, eventually returning to pool in the organs. When the flow of Qi is regular, balanced and smooth one is healthy. If the flow is blocked, diverted, or the balance disturbed so that Qi becomes depleted or excessive, disease develops.