One of the senators’ specific proposals receives a 5 Star Whistleblower Award for medical quality. The government will aim to reduce the excessive use of CAT scans, MRIs and other advanced medical imaging techniques that cost a fortune and create unnecessary medical cascades that chase after trivial lesions that will never cause illness. (Click here for a related rant. ) While I am reluctant for the government to be the one establishing the national radiography standards, as the senators propose, I endorse the concept enthusiastically. If physicians were smarter, we would be devising quality standards ourselves before the government and insurance companies do so in the near future.
One of the failings of the medical profession is that whenever there was a need for reform, we remained passive. Then, after the ‘reformers’ and bureaucrats stormed in and attacked the problem we ignored, we physicians howled in protest. This time, a medical reform tsunami is approaching and most doctors will drown in denial. Do you have a good pair of earplugs? You will need them because there will soon be ear piercing howling from hamlets, towns and cities across America.