Dr. Marilyn Singleton: “Disruptive innovation” is all the buzz. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is so last year. Well, disrupt this: repeal Medicare and Medicaid and get the government out of the medical care business.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: April 16th begins a week of National Healthcare Decisions Days. Hopefully, this week will encourage honest discussions not only about a so-called “good death” but the value of an individual’s life.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: Congress, please act on a few simple reforms that will help everyone and hurt no one—except the drug lobbies and middlemen.
Marilyn Singleton: We dread the day when “algo-medicine” devoid of human emotion, intuition, or instinct will say Sell! (to the mortician) when the patient hits 70? Buy! if the baby has no problems discerned on prenatal ultrasound?
Marilyn Singleton: In today’s climate where some black leaders imply that white Americans are racists, only personal experiences can slay that fire-breathing dragon.
Marilyn Singleton: The political nocebo effect is a sister of the age-old propaganda tool of demonizing the opposition rather than promoting one’s own position. Today, the demon is a far less discrete group: all men, with a special place in political hell for white men.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: ObamaCare’s individual mandate is dead. It’s time to use our healthcare dollars wisely and pay for the medical care, not the middlemen.
Marilyn Singleton: The new medicine is forcing the remaining independent physicians to devolve from trusted confidants to automatons in order to survive.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: Sadly, influence peddling has become the norm. But your health is too precious to be bought and sold. Your physician should be the top “influencer” for you.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: The Affordable Care Act produced an unrecognizable version of insurance. The ACA and its health care reform progeny must go.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: Regardless of the news let’s take heart. When left to our own devices and stripped of artificial political labels, we humans rise.
Dr. Marilyn Singleton: Let’s hope California’s legislators realize that losing the hallmarks of good medicine is not worth of cost of free single payer.