Triage of the Elderly

Howard Long, MD
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January/February 1999
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Dear Editor,
Canada's Medicare for everyone has devalued doctors, patients, and the Canadian dollar. But in the U.S.A., socialist propaganda continues, like the BORG of Star Trek, "You will be assimilated!"

Patient protection from HMOs by government is fraud. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, "Government cannot avoid the due process requirements of the Constitution merely by delegating its duty to determine Medicare coverage to private entities" (Grijalva v. Shalala # 97-15877).

So HMOs are part of government, and government does not protect you from government...

Economist Milton Friedman advises, "Follow the money..." [Only] medical savings accounts (MSAs) provide escape from health [care] tyranny...managers fear the competition...The president vetoed the entire federal budget until Congress suffocated MSA choice with regulations.

Howard Long, MD
Pleasanton, CA

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(1);1-2. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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