Michael Fine’s book, the Nature of health: How America Lost and Can Regain a Basic Human Value is an excellent read. Check out chapter 15–toward a social definition of health on page 145.
Besides writing good books, Dr. Fine, like CA, has developed a model for delivering care here in RI that addresses the needs of people without health insurance or access to primary care doctor’s visits. The practice he started, Hillside Family Medicine has figured out a way to provide care to people without insurance, at a fraction of the cost, while still remaining a viable practice. Sound familiar?
Right now in the midst of all of the discussion about health care in America, Dr. Fine is working to pass legislation in RI that would provide primary care for all.
In the white paper for Primary Care for All– Michael Fine writes:
Again, this makes so much more sense than these bloated systems that require so much administrative cost and loose sight of the ultimate goal to provide care.
I’ve been thinking about the acupuncture profession’s big push to pass HR646.
Something about it seems mis-directed and yet AAAOM has plans to spend 120,000 dollars that the to promote it. Larry blogged about this a while back, citing the huge amount of bureaucratic spending/waste that has resulted from “covered” chiropractic claims.
It seems as acupuncture as a profession is trying to convince the public that an ancient Chinese practice of sticking small needlesin the skin should be something they think of as good for their health, like taking vitamins, or exercising, or brushing their teeth. But the way they are working to accomplish this is like approaching the AMA toget AETNA to confer with FoxxNEWS, to convince top Washington insiders, to getthe president and congress, to sign off on a bill that will offer coverage to afew million Americans that would give some of the public the opportunity toafford having someone stick small needles in their skin.
Wouldn’t it be easier for us to just lower our prices?
And to open up so many affordable clinics that everyone who starts thinking about acupuncture as something useful can actually find someone to perform this treatment?