”For Those Who are About to Rock, We Salute You.” – AC/DC
A warning to Doctors seeking free market solutions for health care:
Throughout all of human history, when armies go off to battle to take (back) what is rightfully theirs, the armies have typically been sent off to great fanfare.
“Yay, for our side!”
“We deserve to take back what is ours!”
“They are bad; we are good.”
But when you look at revolutions, change usually starts because someone or some group can “no longer take it.”
Revolutions start small, as movements, and then they grow as more people see either a) how they are being wronged and they can’t take it any longer or b) how they can benefit during or, more likely, on the other side of the revolution. Sometimes it’s both.
There is a revolution that is starting to take place in medicine. More and more doctors are waking up to the fact that they, themselves, have been wronged. And because of this, these doctors are starting to also realize that they are, quite possibly, harming their patients.
At first, a revolutionary movement may be seen as a nothing more than an annoyance. Then, if the energy and conviction is strong enough, the annoyance becomes bothersome to those in power. (Those in power – the crony capitalists who are the insurance industry, hospital administrations, government workers – are likely barely even slightly annoyed where things are right now.)
When something is bothersome, the counter attacks begin. We’re reaching this point. Some insurance companies and hospital organizations are starting to use the same language of the doctors in the revolution, but it is disguised. It is, for all intents and purposes, a counter attack. Again, if there is enough energy and conviction (and now leadership becomes important), the movement continues.
When those in power begin to realize that the movement is not going away and this new movement is starting to hurt the bank accounts of those in charge, these crony capitalists will start to try and hurt those in the movement financially.
(So far, this battle is being fought through proxies. That is, the 21st Century guilds – organizations that claim to be “for doctors” but act in the benefit of the crony capitalists – are fighting and claiming to help doctors when in fact they are stifling, at best, and detrimental to the long-term benefit of the Physicians’ profession, while encouraging Providers.)
Doctors are already starting to feel the pressures by those in power. But this is only the beginning.
Some might say we are already here; but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Many talk about getting out of “the matrix.” If you haven’t already, get out of the matrix now. It’s going to become harder and harder to get out as this revolution advances.
So, there is now a growing movement of doctors who are trying to “take medicine back.”
While this is a great mindset shift, it’s not easy to be reasoned out of a position that one was not reasoned into. That is, it’s hard to change your mind about something when it’s all you’ve ever known. With that, it’s easier shifting one’s mindset than actually doing the “taking.”
However, medicine is there for the taking.
It’s probably going to be more difficult than just “taking” it. It’s actually going to be a violent and bloody revolution. Anyone who doesn’t think this is fooling themselves.
Physicians are going to have to steal medicine back.
Do you really think that the 3rd parties – insurance companies, hospital administrators, politicians, etc – are simply going to give up medicine without a fight because the “providers” want their dignity back?
It’s not just a mindset shift, although a shift in mindset is a great start. This mindset shift starts with the transition from “provider” to “physician.” The best will actually move “beyond physician” and actually become a medical advisor, being compensated for their advice and not the drugs they provide or surgery they perform.
It’s going to take a new approach – a new system – and one that will be employed at the intersection of science, medicine, and business.
Revolutions are bloody, And this is likely to be the bloodiest revolution we’ve known in our lifetimes. Primarily because there is a lot of money at stake.
Are you ready for the fight?
Are you willing and able to see beyond your life?
This is as much a movement for the future of medicine as it is for the present.
And it’s not just for Physicians.
It’s for patients as well.
Are you ready for the fight?
If so, welcome to the Revolution!