It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally pleased and proud to present my first podcast of the Dr. O show. Getting by, as Ringo Starr might say, with a little help from my friends, I was able to finally put together a series of monologues and interviews that is somewhat presentable to the general listening audience. I want to specifically thank Kevin Kennedy-Spaien, my producer, who runs Disc of Light Media, for putting this all together. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship, and hopefully, not just hundreds, but even thousands of podcasts in the future. Ultimately, you, the listener, will have to be the judge!
In any case, my first podcast is with the founder of Docs4PatientCare, Hal Scherz. Dr. Scherz is a pediatric urologist practicing in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a clinical professor of urology at the University of Emory, and is a tireless patient advocate. He, like me, is very concerned with the current state of medicine and its future, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that the ACA (ObamaCare) is, in fact, constitutional.
I want to be clear. I am am not in support of ObamaCare. I personally think that the American public got hoodwinked with the passage of this bill, and will pay the price in the future generations for this monstrous boondoggle.
Obviously, people are passionate about healthcare, though, and fear and the sense of justice that are a part of this issue only serve to heighten the passion and intensity of feeling surrounding it. I agree, though, that the American healthcare system has many problems that need to be addressed urgently. I myself, have made this clear over and over again in my blog. We need to coordinate and integrate care before it even reaches the hospital. We need to reestablish the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship, and not have it be so stressed by the influences of outside forces like legal concerns, insurance concerns, hospital concerns, etc. I myself, have talked over and over again about the core values that need to be instituted and re-instituted if we are going to salvage our healthcare system. These core values, which include accountability, integrity, transparency, need to be the defining features of our healthcare system. Dr. Scherz believes this too, and that is why he started Docs4PatientCare, which I am a proud member of.
In this podcast we talk about many things including:
- Why there is a need for an organization like Docs4PatientCare, which lobbies, not only on behalf of doctors, but patients.
- Why Obamacare will be harmful to the American economy, and will not provide healthcare at the level that Americans both expect and deserve, and why the current system must be fixed before we add on to it.
- Why the AMA does not represent the interests of the majority of practicing doctors.
- Why Obama never met with any of the 18 doctors in Congress during the time Obama care was being formulated and subsequently, passed into law.
- Why the good things about Obamacare are actually Trojan horses, and how the bad things in Obamacare significantly outweigh the good.
- Why you will actually not be able to keep your doctor if you like her or him, and how healthcare costs actually rise with Obamacare.
- Why Obamacare is more a product of the ideology and desires of progressives, rather than a practical measure that is designed to create better access to care, a better doctor-patient relationship, and greater justice within the health care system.
- How the current system can be improved to deliver both better access and quality of care to patients, and allow doctors the autonomy to practice in the best interests of their patients.
I hope you find this podcast informative and enlightening, and I hope it helps you understand the problems of the health care system and possible solutions from the perspective of a doctors who practice within the system. If you have any comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section of the blog.
I look forward to sharing more podcasts with you in the future, and as always, thanks for listening!