What on earth has happened to health care in this country? 

November 28 – There’s an alarming trend with the older generation in this country – they don’t really want to see doctors anymore. 

Between telehealth and having to use Zoom to talk to a medical professional, a lot of people are putting off necessary medical advice and care in this country. 

How could this have happened? 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I remember when health care was good. And now it’s coming to roost. I don’t know what the fix is. It’s a mess and it’s right in front of people. If my mom is saying, ‘I don’t go to the doctor anymore’, that’s a real alarm bell for me and my family.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll agreed, “It’s a huge problem and of course telemedicine is becoming more and more popular around the country. With this stuff with Obamacare, Trump said this weekend he wants to repeal it when he’s reelected. Now, that’s getting a lot of traction in the political circles of Washington this week because we know when Trump ran for president and a lot of these people were running for Congress, and that was their number one goal, and they did nothing, even when the Republicans controlled Congress. It’s a real dilemma.”

The flip side is that Obamacare programs are popular. 

Barkdoll continued, “From a political standpoint, it’s tough to repeal these once you’ve already implemented them for millions of people. So this will be an interesting issue to watch. The fact Trump came out this weekend and said he wanted to get rid of it, how do other Republican candidates start lining up? I mean, will people running for Congress double down again and say we want to get rid of that? Or is it going to be more of a moderated position? That they just want to reform it. They don’t want to get rid of it entirely. But you’re illustrating that your mom is experiencing some of the very real world problems that have unfolded since all of these new measures were put into effect years ago.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM insisted doctors are “being overwhelmed. It’s interesting because I know someone who just got out of medicine who was so frustrated because every time he tried to introduce more efficiency or do something better, he was slapped down because there’s these weird incentives and pathways that have been created. They’re also overwhelmed by all the people seeking, especially people who get health care for quote, unquote, free. When something’s free, it’s not valued, it’s overused. So we’re running into scarcity problems with being able to provide and people who have been in the past used to actual positive attention from their health care professionals are now getting in and seeing harried people who don’t have time for them, whose noses are always in front of a screen because they’re entering everything electronically, and they feel very neglected now by their doctors and many of the health care professionals, but the healthcare professionals will also tell you we’re stretched and we’re told we’re supposed to do holistic medicine, right? And actually look at even the cultural aspect of everybody’s lives for everybody that comes into our office, and at the same time you better get 50 patients in and out today because otherwise we won’t be profitable. It’s a horrendous position we’ve left medicine in and yes, of course they’re going to telemedicine, but telemedicine is not the same. If you’re not in the same room with somebody, if you can’t examine them and actually see them, it’s not going to be good quality medicine all the time.”

Barkdoll added, “There’s also a lot of reporting on how AI is proliferating in the world of medicine. Certain sectors are now heavily relying on AI to make a diagnosis, to give recommendations on what should happen and who knows how good or bad or effective any of that is? But again, once it’s here, there’s probably no going back. These big health care providers are undoubtedly seeing AI as an efficient way to save money, and a more profitable way to administer medicine. So that’s another thing that’s very much here in front of us right now.”