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Archive for September 20th, 2011

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:54:06-0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Cheats In Medical Business / Female Issue
From: Yogendra Deva

Baba

== CHEATS IN MEDICAL BUSINESS ==

Namaskar,
One of the main tragedies that has befallen society in this era of extreme capitalism is that the practice of medicine has become a business.

Today, doctors are no longer doctors and patients are no longer patients. Instead, doctors have become businessmen trying to maximize their profit – no longer is the welfare of the patient their main interest; and patients have become targets of exploitation – no longer are they viewed as sick people in need of care.

Such is the sorry state of the medical profession these days. Certainly there are always exceptions but this is the overwhelming trend these days, as evidenced by the two articles appended below.

MEDICINE STARTED AS A SERVICE INDUSTRY

In earlier times doctors were revered for their compassion. To enter the field, doctors would take an oath to work for the welfare of humanity. In turn, people truly felt that they could trust their lives in the hands of doctors. The doctors looked upon patients with a compassionate eye; in turn, the common people viewed doctors with deep regard, deservedly so.

After all, a patient is not in a position to make their own decisions; they depended upon their doctor. And this worked fine because the doctors were guided by a service mentality.

Baba says, “Doctors: The convenience of the patient must be given more consideration than your own.” (CC-2, Society, Point #25a)

Now all that has changed. Doctors feel that they paid huge tuition to attend medical school and now it is their right to earn exponentially more money even at the cost of the well-being of the patient; and patients feel that they can no longer trust their doctor – let alone afford the treatment.

Baba says, “No matter what country you belong to, tell me honestly, how many doctors can you really trust and respect?” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

So the situation has really deteriorated wherein patients bear the terrible burden, both medically and financially. Surgeons recommend surgery that is not needed just to earn extra income; doctors perform and order far more tests than are needed in order to produce a bigger bill and earn a commission from the lab; medical professionals become paid advocates for drug companies and “push” particular medicines on their patients; indeed, there are many aspects of medicine that have become tainted.

This article addresses the procedure known as cesarean section.

C-SECTION:

A WAY TO MAKE MONEY AND MAKE LIFE EASY

(FOR THE DOCTOR)

To boost business, doctors are performing more and more cesarean sections – even when such procedures are not needed. The numbers are quite staggering and at all-time highs, 50% in China of all births are done via C-section and 30+% in the US. Indeed in all countries the numbers are rising.

The days of natural child birth are no longer practiced on a mass-level in today’s medical business. Rather doctors persuade and goad mothers into doing unnecessary C-sections, despite the health risks this poses to both mother and baby, in order to increase profits.

By performing C-sections doctors can maximize their time, fill the beds and not face the “delays” associated with natural deliveries. Now they schedule all births on a cost-effective timetable for maximizing profits. Not to mention that the procedure itself is costly / profitable. So even if a C-section is not needed they recommend and perform it anyway just to heighten sales. Once a mom has one C-section, then all her future pregnancies will end in a C-section as well. It is automatic business.

This what has become of the today’s medical system.

In addition, if they have a day off or a vacation planned, they can simply perform the C-section the day before so as not to interrupt their free time, golf game or vacation. Gone are the days when doctors dutifully go to the hospital in the middle of the night to deliver a baby.

No doubt, there are certain occasions when there is no option but to perform cesarean section; but to resort to this procedure as a matter of course or as the default is quite harmful. It truly jeopardizes the well-being of both mother and baby. Yet doctors do this to boost profits.

CURSE OF UNNATURAL BIRTH

Infants delivered by C-section are prone towards allergies, asthma, diabetes, and various infections, not to mention the baby does not get opportunity to mature fully in the womb. The fetus is generally removed prematurely and loses the built-in benefits of a natural birth such and the squeezing and clearing of the lungs.

TERRIBLE SIN

All in all this is the worst type of sin: Exploiting the helpless and betraying the trust patients who are in their hour of need. It is truly quite shocking to witness how greedy doctors have wrecked the field of medicine and health care.

If one has a good doctor whom they trust then they are really fortunate. Otherwise they will face the horror tales as described appended. They will just become a statistic.

SOLUTION

In an ideal society, in a Proutistic society, only those driven by a service mentality will go into the field of medicine and become doctors. The medical profession is not the place to start doing business. In exchange for their commitment, those medical students should be given financial help to pursue their education.

Such a shift is necessary because how can common people live peacefully in a society where they cannot trust doctors. If a doctor is going to continually perform C-sections when such a procedure is not necessary, then where is the trust.

Given the current situation, everyone must be extremely careful and not blindly trust doctors, on any issue. Fueled by their business mentality and cheating tactics, such doctors can can cheat, deceive, manipulate, and betray. This is a far cry from what doctors were in the past and will be in future.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

Here I close this letter with Baba’s divine teachings; be sure to read the two new articles pasted below.

Baba says, “Of all the doctors you have come across, how many are idealistic and dutiful? If you visit a doctor, he will prescribe strong medicines for a light illness. This will inevitably be the case if he owns his or her own dispensary. But the same will be the case if the doctor operates a “chamber practice” out of his home; he will force some patent medicine down the patient’s throat.” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

Baba then describes the ideal way to direct the medical establishment.

Baba says, “The medical profession as such has more to do with social service than with professionalism. Social service is the main aim of the medical profession…. it cannot be categorized as a business under any circumstances. A helpless person, no matter how great his financial, social or intellectual capacity, considers a doctor to be a ray of light in the darkness or a lifeboat which can save him from drowning.” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

Namaskar,
Yogendra

C-section rates around globe at ‘epidemic’ levels
Half moms in China have the surgery; rates high in other countries
1/12/2010 5:45:40 PM ET
HANOI, Vietnam — Nearly half of all births in China are delivered by cesarean section, the world’s highest rate, according to a survey by the World Health Organization — a shift toward modernization that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
The boom in unnecessary surgeries is jeopardizing women’s health, the U.N. health agency warned in the report published online Tuesday in the medical journal The Lancet.
Unnecessary C-sections are costlier than natural births and raise the risk of complications for the mother, said the report surveying nine Asian nations. It noted C-sections have reached “epidemic proportions” in many countries worldwide.
The most dramatic findings were in China, where 46 percent of births reviewed were C-sections — a quarter of them not medically necessary, the report said…
The WHO, which reviewed nearly 110,000 births across Asia in 2007-2008, found 27 percent were done under the knife, partially motivated by hospitals eager to make more money.

That mirrors similar results reported by WHO in 2005 from Latin America, where 35 percent of pregnant women surveyed were delivering by C-section.

30 percent of U.S. births are C-sections

In the U.S., where C-sections are at an all-time high of 31 percent, the surgery is often performed on older expectant mothers, during multiple births or simply because patients request it or doctors fear malpractice lawsuits…

Women undergoing C-sections that are not medically necessary are more likely to die or be admitted into intensive care units, require blood transfusions or encounter complications that lead to hysterectomies, the WHO study found.

U.S. studies have shown babies born by cesarean have a greater chance for respiratory problems…

Some hospitals motivated by higher fees
The study did not discuss specific reasons for the high number of C-sections, but it noted that more than 60 percent of the hospitals studied were motivated by financial incentives to perform surgeries.

At Vietnam’s National Hospital of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Hanoi, about 40 percent of the 20,000 babies delivered there annually are by C-section, said Dr. Le Anh Tuan, the hospital’s vice director, who did not participate in the study.

Some expectant mothers in Latin America scheduled elective surgeries to avoid giving birth during holidays or even so they could attend parties, said Dr. Archana Shah, from the WHO in Geneva,

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34826186/ns/health-pregnancy/t/C-section-rates-around-globe-epidemic-levels/

For-profit hospitals performing more C-sections
September 11, 2010

For-profit hospitals across the state are performing cesarean sections at higher rates than nonprofit hospitals, a California Watch analysis has found.
A database compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to have a cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at one that operates as a non-profit. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a natural delivery.
In addition, some hospitals appear to be performing more C-sections for non-medical reasons – including an individual doctor’s level of patience and the staffing schedules in maternity wards, according to interviews with health professionals….
At the for-profit Los Angeles Community Hospital, women had a 47 percent chance of undergoing a surgical birth. When you factor in moms who needed to have C-sections for medical reasons, the Los Angeles hospital’s rate jumps to 59 percent. In Riverside County, hospitals just miles apart had dramatically different rates, even though they serve essentially the same population.
The numbers provide ammunition to those who have long suspected that unnecessary C-sections are performed to help pad the bottom line.
“This data is compelling and strongly suggests, as many childbirth advocates currently suspect, that there may be a provable connection between profit and the cesarean rate,” said Desirre Andrews, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a nonprofit group that would like to see C-sections only in cases of medical need.
To doctors and other health professionals, the results of the analysis were troubling…

Gene Declercq, professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, agrees that hospitals would not explicitly push C-sections for profit. But subtle incentives to increase efficiency could have the same effect.
“There are factors that are attractive to hospitals in terms of training and staff and facilities,” he said. “It’s a lot easier if you can do all your births between seven and 10 in the morning and know exactly how many operating rooms and beds you need.” Natural births are unpredictable, creating inefficiencies that can hurt the bottom line…

For some, a C-section can have devastating consequences.
After Heather Kirwan had been in labor for a few hours her doctor at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta urged her to have a C-section, warning that the baby was too big for her birth canal. She reluctantly agreed to the procedure, but now questions that decision.
“She ended up being a 5-pound, 12-ounce baby,” said Kirwan, 26, a manager for The Home Depot who lives in Murrieta. “So that was obviously a lie.”
A year and a half later, Kirwan was pregnant again, but the doctors found that the embryo was developing outside the uterus. Before her C-section, Kirwan said no one had warned her that C-sections increase the risk of this life-threatening condition, called ectopic pregnancy. And if it were listed in her lengthy consent form at the time of her first delivery, Kirwan said, no one bothered to point it out….
http://californiawatch.org/health-and-welfare/profit-hospitals-performing-more-C-sections-4069

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’ke peyeo pa’i na keno…” (P.S. #2056)

Purport:

Baba, I feel in my heart that You are along with me, but even then I do not feel satisfied. I want more and more of Your proximity and presence. So please come in my mind and heart. Please remain along with me in a very intimate way in all my works. Grace me so that I can feel your eternal presence always– with more & more closeness and proximity.

Baba You know that my existence is because of You. My life is proceeding on by Your grace; my everything is based on You. Day and night I am deeply engaged in the work which You have allotted me. I am divinely intoxicated in the ideation of the songs which I have made into a garland for You. So Baba please come closer and still more close. Indeed You know the language of my heart- my inner feeling & sentiments. O’ Baba, how much love I have for You.

Baba, please grace me and please do not play Your liila of hide and seek. Please do not remain inaccessible…

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WT Conduct Rule: Dealings

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (Pt #2 of ‘Six Additional Rules’)

Note: This is a very significant rule but in today’s Wt culture supervisory bosses are more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates and using them for their groupist schemes. This is the only “care” they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the situation will be better.
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