Patty Dineen

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Adventures in Health Care Land

One thing I have read recently (and I believe to be very much in evidence today) is that the health care system in the U.S. (even things we consider preventative) is largely driven by the drug industry; the things that get tested for, treated, etc. are things for which someone can make a profit. I recently learned (in spite of the health care system not because of it: armed with information gathered from the Internet I approached my own health care provider) that I have Celiac Disease. I have since been dismayed to learn that about 3 million people in the United States have this disease and 97% of these people have no idea they have it (studies indicate that 40% of people with the disease have NO symptoms at all) but will eventually have serious, and expensive-to-treat problems such as liver disease, lung disease, bone disease, cancers, or a whole bunch of other problems. My insurance company paid $98 for the blood work that diagnosed the disease and the completely-effective treatment is simply to follow a gluten-free diet (no wheat, barley or rye) that won’t cost anybody else anything. Why not screen everyone for this? Are there other things like this that could be screened for? Could the government set about identifying things like this (and widely disseminating information) that could be huge money-savers?

Have you been tested?

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Written by dineenp

December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm