In a recent article, we asked the question as to whether we were following the Hippocratic Oath. I was discussing this with a friend, when he commented that the key part of the Oath was not what was to be done, but how people were to be treated. Below is a copy of that paragraph:
I will keep this Oath and this contract: To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to students bound by this contract and having sworn this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.
One can only imagine that in ancient Greece, there was not a group of lawyers specializing in the art of tort cases. There were no lawsuits, there was no insurance, there were no medical centers, there was simply a person trained in the ever-growing knowledge base of medicine.
Read the paragraph carefully. The person swearing the oath pledges that he will pass the knowledge to his children, his teachers’ children and to any student who takes the oath. The teacher was to treat all he trained with the same respect as he showed for his parents. Indeed, the person taking the oath was tasked with protecting the reputation of the teacher and those he himself educated. It was a moral yoke, a yoke implying that he constantly performs with excellence so as to protect the reputation of those he trained.
In my mind, this part of the oath was a pledge to continue learning and to continue to share the knowledge with those closest. There was no formal education, physicians learned on the fly. And who benefitted from this quest of knowledge? The beneficiaries were those that needed the help. “Doctors” went to the homes of the sick and attempted to help. Nothing was guaranteed, much remained in the hands of God.
Those that needed help understood that the physician had taken an oath to “protect” the reputation of those closest to him, as if they were his family. This oath created a “living” contract between the doctor and the patient. And over the years, the admiration of doctors grew as they helped others in the same manner they helped and educated their students, parents and children.
For years, the doctor-patient relationship held fast. Then in 1942, purchasing individual health insurance was dealt a blow when the tax benefit was transferred from the individual to the employer. Medicare was blessed in 1965. From that moment on, health care cost was covered by government, not those receiving the benefit. In the 1970’s, as doctors became more and more specialized, the cost of health care started to rise. Laws were passed by Congress which provided free care if it was required. Border town hospitals started to crash due to uncontrolled costs.
And hospitals? In the 1870’s, there were about 150 hospitals nation-wide. One hundred years later, there were over 7000 hospitals nationwide.
Hospitals supported education, patient care and clinical studies. The staff increased in size, not everyone saw a doctor, not everyone worked for a doctor. But the patient was expected to pay the bills covering everyone.
Leave it to Senator Teddy Kennedy and the sympathy legislation following the death of his brother. Kennedy believed that health care should be free (along with alcohol). He introduced a bill to establish the Health Maintenance Organizations, the HMO’s.
Suddenly, health care was cheap again, businesses covered most of the cost. The issue was that the cost continued to increase as hospitals and clinical research centers continued to grow!
I remember one winter when over 28 strep throat tests were conducted on my wife, three kids and even the damned dog. Why? My wife believed that it was free. But we know it was not, nothing is free.
And the cost kept rising, there was no barrier to the treatment, no end to the malpractice law suits, nothing except that the doctor patient relationship was being circumvented by corporate entities wanting to make a profit. Obamacare made it worse but let that go.
Today, thousands of doctors, nurses, hospital support staffers and office workers are being dismissed by state governments wishing to enforce an illegal mandate suggested by the President. These people have worked in the trenches since the beginning of this outbreak, they have been in contact with their doctors, they have taken vitamins, they have fought the outbreak. These people are being kicked to the curb by the true dominating force of medical services.
The doctor-patient relationship has evaporated. It is now a “Big Pharma and Hospital Ownership” – patient relationship.
Big Pharma wins because they give money to hospitals and most importantly, politicians! Big Pharma does not represent the sick, no they represent the wealthy, the stockholders.
Big Pharma has taken lessons from Microsoft – do not sell a license for software, simply update the software and charge annual subscriptions.
Once upon a time, Big Pharma solved problems. Polio, smallpox and others were eradicated, we all remember, thank you Big Pharma. But that was then. The “WuFlu plandemic” shows that Big Pharma does not provide products that eliminate a problem. No, Big Pharma provides products that need continual upgrades to control the problem. Think about it, even before an analysis of the effectiveness of the “JAB” could be established, Big Pharma was pushing a semi-annual subscription to a product that reduces sickness.
After almost two-years of stating that Ivermectin does not work, Merck has “developed” a subscription that cost $372 a tablet, which is most likely the same as Ivermectin, as Merck is the largest manufacturer of Ivermectin for $1 per pill, currently used to kill parasites in Afghan refugees.
Hospitals get $13000 per COVID-19 patient, but $39000 per COVIC-19 patient treated with a respirator – paid for by our taxpayer credit cards.
What happened to the doctor-patient relationship? Indeed, it is a crazy world… Remember, the Hippocratic Oath does not apply to Big Pharma or the Hospital conglomerates.
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