So, my previous two rants had to deal with medical overbilling.
Now, we come to "preventative medicine".
Why do we even use that word? Since the beginning of time we have tried to diagnose issues and have sometimes succeeded and other times failed. We can do many things to "prevent" issues, yet we do not.
Take for example birth control. Due to the political nature of B-C, it isn't really covered under most medical insurences. Yet, births are. Now, why not just cover $30 pills and not a many thousand dollar birth?
Another example, my wife. For two years she has battled an auto-immune disease that aggressively attacks her thyroid. For two years she has had doctors tell her nothing was wrong except low hormone levels. Then, suddenly, one doctor thinks to have a sonogram done of her thyroid. Low and behold, there are three growths on it!
Instead of finding out what those growths are immediately, they just stick her on another medicine that is supposed to shrink the growths and then sit for 3-5 months and *do nothing* but wait.
Meanwhile she has the stamina of a manic depressant.
They say they can't do anything. I wonder if that's what they told Chief Justice Rhenquist when they initially found growths on his thyroid.
What is so preventative about "wait and see and then die"?