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Also -- -- new concerns today about whether the president's health care overhaul -- forced doctors to decide whether their patients should live or die there's a new mortality index.
As partially funded by the federal government it gives doctors a twelve item list.
-- making news to help determine whether costly screenings or medical procedures are worth the risk for patients were unlikely to live.
At least ten years or war.
After Manny Alvarez Fox News -- -- -- -- here to explain this to us doctor -- what is the mortality in debt.
The mortality and this is another type of test this came out in 1996 or so I was gonna help doctors determining.
-- -- the morbidity of patients within four years now recently did this just came out a couple of days ago was published in gamma.
And it's and much broader index looking at a point system basically.
If Europe and mailed we give you two points in the over 65 we give you another point -- CMO -- in all of LA medical diseases.
And if you know if you scored 26.
Basically says you have a 95%.
Chance of dying within several years have you score very low it's better for you.
When you when I read the steady SF a hobbled this is good because at least we could help patients change your lifestyle give up smoking exercise more -- see the doctor more frequently.
But they also said no no no no -- this is not for that this is to help explain to patient is that.
They perhaps don't need necessary testing maybe you don't meet that -- -- mosque in the mr.
Jones was -- eighty years -- or mrs.
-- so we're not gonna do the pap -- And you know I was shocked.
Because you know we kept talking about the death panels a couple years ago remember that.
And you know what you looking at -- the death panel basically the federal government me.
Have federal government is -- along with -- some of my peers and I -- about this and -- was -- dot com.
That perhaps the -- gonna come where I'm gonna have all the tools available to me that I'm going to be able to then tell patients listen you and don't qualify for this move on.
And hey it's all about the dollars and cents is not about the ethics -- be in a position is not about finding the truth of healing it's about dollars and cents.
And yet we know that all of the health care costs in this country are often concentrated.
In the last year of the patients like I think 13 fully 13 of our health care costs have been in the last year patient's life because they are subjected to so many tests and hospitalizations he is there away to real order some of those -- Ours -- ours of course there are there many many many ways you know the input right now.
You know there's a science is a moving object and you know I go to medical meetings on this a lot of presentations on the data.
Is looked at and doctors look at -- and is recommended.
But the way that things are happening now it is just too fast and furious.
You know we have these preventative task force coming at you know every six months don't do -- for women at the age of forty do -- at the age of fifty.
And so on and so forth so between these task forces these types of tests of their deductible.
They've been in place -- I remember.
In in another ten or fifteen years from now.
I would say maybe 70% of all the doctors will be employee might somebody.
Either -- hospital insurance company or a federal agency that under the independent contractor so listen.
If you pay me a salary and you want -- to do this this -- -- policy what do you think is gonna happen I'm an idyllic.
It's baby steps socialized medicine.
So another words you're saying that if you score high on this mortality index -- debt then the government is suggesting.
-- You not to.
Get your patience tested for certain things.
Mike Peters in government in remembrance you know it this is coming from other bureaucratic positions that are part of the solution right so they gonna suggest to me you know look.
What one -- my -- that so well these doctors with these -- are they -- -- be -- let's say buy insurance agencies or federal insurance agencies.
So they say I wanna do a -- a -- be on this patient.
They'll say well and I didn't do the -- what's the mortality and -- mortality and that is also well it's nineteenth.
Nineteen forget about it we're gonna pay for it.
So you know look it's just the wrong way to practice medicine as the wrong way to kind of and you know we keep saying that you did this -- the Museveni -- -- -- thirty whatever the case may be so we get a from deciding equations.
But at the same time now it's all about dollars and so.
And of course it is -- -- dollars and cents -- critics would say that doctors do subject elderly patients to unnecessary.
Tests because they're so afraid of lawsuits and and missing -- -- 100% true and that I said that in my article -- yes that's going to be criticism there's a lot of doctors out there making money.
On on on on an import patient is that really don't need a lot of -- so what's the answer.
The answer is look the answer is the medical's societies that you know did the scientific community needs to get back in the game.
And start creating -- protocols that really are applicable to patient care.
And get input from from doctors and nurses.
And they will tell you what the answers are the answers are not coming out of Washington the answers are coming -- from hospitals and nurses and people that really are in the trenches.
They are the ones that both you know should be doing all of this work are.
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