The Inflated Cost of Healthcare:
Identifying the Cause;
Providing a Solution
By Dr. David Tanton
“According to the FDA, more than 2 million serious adverse drug
reactions occur each year, and adverse drug reactions are the
fourth-leading cause of death, responsible for about 100,000 deaths
each year.” – USA Today, March 19, 2008.
the current rapidly-evolving global economy, as a nation we are now
experiencing an ever-increasing threat to our industry. Our pay
scale is considerably higher than that of most developing countries,
and due to the rapidly increasing cost of employees’ healthcare, we
are losing our competitive advantage. Then, as third world countries
continue developing their technology, that threat will just
escalate, and thus must be addressed. If not, and if the current
trend is allowed to continue, our economy will decline each year,
until the problem is finally resolved.
society spends billions of dollars on employees’ healthcare, a cost
that continues to escalate at an ever-increasing rate. The basic
problem stems from the high cost
of the insurance premiums for employees, although, the source of the
problem is the increasing number of medications patients are being
placed on – partly due to direct advertising of drugs to the
public. Not only is the increasing cost of these premiums becoming
a burden to employers, but the end result is also reflected in
employees’ reduced productivity. Companies will not be able to stay
in business when a) they have to continue paying high insurance
premiums and their employees are unproductive. Job security then
becomes a main concern for the employee because it’s dependent upon
the employer’s ability to remain competitive and stay in business.
And the fault is our current flawed healthcare system – not the
unnecessary surgeries are also being performed each year. How much
surgery is really necessary? According to the late Dr. Robert S.
Mendelsohn’s book, “Confessions of a Medical Heretic,” around
90 percent of surgery is a waste of time, money, energy, and life.
1992, Dr. Nortin Hadler, M.D., a professor of medicine at the
University of North Carolina Medical School, concluded that 95 to 97
percent of the coronary bypass surgeries done that year were
unnecessary – even though patients are usually told that without the
surgery they will die. This is a very serious issue considering just
how expensive and highly invasive bypass surgery can be, and that
additional surgeries are often necessary within seven to 10 years!
truth, just like surgeries, most medications prescribed by doctors
today are unnecessary; they don’t offer a true cure but instead
contribute to a worsening of the patient’s overall health. According
to Dr. Charles E. Page, M.D., “the cause of most disease is
in the poisonous drugs physicians superstitiously give in order to
affect a cure.” Fatigue, pain and depression, are quite
common side effects associated with many prescription medications,
all conditions that contribute to reduced productivity, as well as
increased insurance rates.
According to a study conducted in 2002 by Georgetown University,
adults over 65 fill an average of 20 prescriptions per year. And
it’s possible that because the Medicare Prescription “Benefit” plan
is now in place, that number will dramatically increase – that’s a
lot of money!
Speaking of spending a lot of money, according to research by the
non-profit Life Extension Foundation, the average markup over
the cost of the ingredients in 16 of the most popular medications
was an astounding 78,693 percent, making it the most profitable
industry in the entire world. The pharmaceutical companies will
continue charging top dollar for drugs whose risks far outweigh any
potential benefit. While a lifetime of symptom-suppressing drugs
makes much more financial sense to the manufacturer, it definitely
doesn’t help the employer who pays the higher
insurance costs, or the employee with poor health.
Primary Contributing Factor: We obviously can’t continue doing
the same things yet expect to get different results; some necessary
changes are in order. Research indicates that time after time,
people go through the following process:
1. They seldom need the medications they are taking.
2. Many medications are prescribed to treat side effects
associated with their other medications (the typical domino effect).
3. After withdrawing from unnecessary medications, patients’
drug-related symptoms soon disappeared.
4. Their health gradually begins to improve, as they no longer
experienced the nutritional deficiency that drugs often create.
5. They often feel more energetic, and with antidepressants,
their emotions returned and they began feeling more normal.
Where Does It All Start? And What’s The Solution?
Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., in her book
Detoxify XE "Detoxify"
or Die XE "Death"
(2002), helps identify the basic underlying problem when she
quotes an article from the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) that “documented how over 87 percent
of physicians who make up the panels of ‘experts’ who determine the
practice guidelines for medicine receive compensation from the drug
industry. These are the guidelines that your doctors and insurance
XE "Insurance (also see Health insurance)" companies follow”
(JAMA 287: 6,12-6 17,
2002). Unfortunately, we are not even allowed to enjoy the basic
freedom we should all enjoy – the freedom of choosing our own
healthcare XE "Healthcare" .
as the employer, are paying the premiums for your employees’
insurance, you and your employees should have a say in what coverage
they would prefer – not the insurance company.
employer, it’s time to research self-insuring your employees – which
would result in considerable
savings, as well as happier, healthier and more productive employees
– or find an insurance company that would provide
coverage for a true healthcare system; presently, none are
known to exist.
with knowledge about nutrition, disease prevention and natural
therapies could help a corporation establish a far more
cost-effective healthcare program. Only by addressing the issue of
discriminatory health care coverage, which excludes natural
therapies and nutritional supplements, (proven to be far more
effective, and much less expensive), can the problem be truly
resolved. This change must take place if we ever expect to finally
have a true, financially-sustainable healthcare system, based on
necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines is a
duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious
effects; the time is not far distant when the drug system will be
abandoned.” – Charles Armbruster, M.D.
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