MEDICAL-2ND OPINIONS, AND YOU THE PATIENT. WHY SO MANY SEEK, BUT WILL NOT FIND. IN THE PASSAGE OF TIME ALL EARTH SYSTEMS CREATED BY MEN HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE. THE FORCES OF POVERTY AND PRIVILEGE- PAINFUL FOR US- PAINLESS FOR THEM. FOR THE PAST 53 YEARS MY REGGAE HAS BEEN TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT THIS.

EXCERPT(c)  REGGAE REALITY, R.A.S.P.E.C.T1, DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS AND THE URGENCY OF NOW.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PRIVILEGE.

FOR ALL THE BOOKS YOU MAY HAVE READ ON THE WAR ON POVERTY, THE WAR ON DRUGS, MEDIA WARS, HEALTH CARE WARS-  YOU WILL NEVER SEE ANY WRITTEN ABOUT- THE WAR ON THE PRIVILEGED.

HISTORY WILL RECALL THAT POVERTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US.

BUT IT NEVER TELLS US THAT WHEN SOMEONE CAN CLAIM A POSITION OF SOCIAL POWER, A CENTRAL POSITION IN ANY SYSTEM OF EXCHANGE, THAT THEY WILL EXPLOIT IT FOR PERSONAL AS WELL AS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CLAN.

THEY THUS HAVE THE ABILITY, PRIVILEGE AND POSITION TO INFLICT INEQUALITY ON WHOM THEY CHOOSE.

I HAVE OFTEN ASKED THE QUESTION- WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO INSTITUTE SLAVERY ON BLACK PEOPLE?

MANY OF THE GREATEST MINDS HAVE FAILED TO ANSWER.

KNOWING THAT SLAVERY IS MAN MADE, AND SO IS POVERTY, I AM ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS HERE.

POVERTY IS MAN- MADE. MAN CREATED. MEN PERPETUATED, TO KEEP THE CHAIN IN THE ACCEPTANCE OF INEQUALITY FLOWING.

IT IS A MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH CREATES INVISIBLE WALLS OF HATE, PREJUDICE AND DESTRUCTION.

YOU HAVE COMMERCIALS ON TELEVISION TELLING US THAT WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THIS OR THAT- IN A SYSTEM WHICH IN MANY AREAS CATERS TO THE PRIVILEGED.

WE HAVE A SYSTEM WHICH MAKES SOME SCREAM TO SEE A WHITE WOMAN CALLING AND FEELING HERSELF TO BE BLACK.

YET, IN COUNTRIES LIKE BRAZIL, YOU WILL HAVE A BLACK BRAZILIAN WOMAN NOT CONSIDERING HERSELF TO BE BLACK.. BECAUSE IN BRAZIL, RACIAL IDENTITIES ARE CONNECTED TO CLASS AND THOSE WHOM ARE PRIVILEGED.

THE SYSTEM OF THE PRIVILEGED LIKES TO PLAY ON THESE CONFUSION IN IDENTITIES.

A PRIVILEGE OF THE WEALTHY IS THAT IT ALLOWS YOU TO LIVE LIFE ON YOUR OWN TERMS.

THE PROBLEM WITH POVERTY IS THAT YOU HAVE NO PRIVILEGE TO CHOOSE ON WHICH TERMS YOU WANT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.

NOW, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR ME TO HAVE GIVEN YOU THOSE TRUTHS BEFORE I PROCEED. YOU MAY ASK- WHAT HAS THAT GOT TO DO WITH MEDICAL 2ND OPINIONS?

WELL, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT’S BEHIND THE SYSTEM, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHY THE SYSTEM DOES WHAT IT DOES.

YOU MAY SEE A CLOCK WORKING TELLING THE TIME, BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW IT DOES ON THE INSIDE?

MORE AND MORE I SEE SICK PEOPLE GOING TO PLACES FOR SECOND OPINIONS ON THEIR CONDITIONS, ONLY TO FIND THAT THOSE WHOM THEY SEEK CANNOT HELP THEM. YET, YOU HAVE THESE INSTITUTIONS OF HEALTH ALL SAYING- ” COME TO US”. WE CAN HELP YOU.

SO, THEY COME TO US, ONLY TO FIND THAT WE HAVE TO SEND THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE.

BECAUSE, MAYBE WE THOUGHT WE COULD, BUT THE TECHNOLOGY WHICH COULD SERVE THEM IS NOT WITH US.

I WILL NOT HAVE THE TIME TO GO INTO THE DETAILS OF CASES ESPECIALLY WITH ONCOLOGY PATIENTS- WHO CONSTANTLY GET THE” RUN-A ROUND” IN THE SYSTEMS.

MEDICINE IS NEVER AN EXACT SCIENCE., BUT, TRUTH BE TOLD, IT HAS WORKED WONDERS IN SOME CASES.

THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN A CONSUMERISED SOCIETY IS DAUNTING.

WE HAVE THE LITIGIOUS SOCIETY, THE FOR PROFIT CORPORATIONS, THE TECHNOTYRANTS, GOVERNMENTAL RESTRAINTS, MIGRATION OF SKILLED PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING DOCTORS FROM POORER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY TO THOSE PLACES WHERE THEY FEEL,THEY CAN MAKE A DECENT LIVING FOR THEIR SKILLS, NAMELY THE AREAS OF THE RICH AND WEALTHY. THE RURALIZATION OF PEOPLE TO REMOTE AREAS WHICH AFFECTS THE DELIVERY OF CARE, THE INCOMPETENCE/COMPETENCE OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AT ALL LEVELS, THE INTERNET AND PATIENT EMPOWERMENT, THE MOVE TO ROBOTIZE MEDICINE WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND THE RICH AND POOR DIVIDE i.e., THE PRIVILEGED VS THE DISADVANTAGED.

SOME YEARS AGO I WROTE AND PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE POOR AND INDIGENT IN OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.( see advanced for radiology professionals).

IF YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE INTER PLAY OF THESE FACTORS , AND MORE, YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO KNOW WHY YOU CANNOT FIND THOSE WHO HAVE THE EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR SECOND OPINION SEARCH.

WHAT A PROBLEM FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ALREADY SICK, AND NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION.

I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS PATIENTS TELL ME OF THEIR DIFFICULTIES FINDING PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN ANSWER THEIR CONCERNS IN THEIR QUEST FOR 2ND OPINIONS.

SO, WHATS BEHIND THIS- “NO BALM IN GILEAD “- AS I CALL IT?

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN FAMILY PRACTITIONERS WERE LEAVING THE PROFESSION IN DROVES OR CHANGING THEIR PRACTICE. WE NOW HAVE SEVERAL NURSE PRACTITIONERS, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS, RADIOLOGISTS ASSISTANTS, AND OTHERS TAKING THEIR PLACE.

PATIENTS ARE DEMANDING MORE AND ASKING MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR CARE, THOSE WHO HAVE TO PAY MORE, WILL ASK MORE.

THE SYSTEM SAYS THAT THE PATIENTS MUST BE EMPOWERED AND TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THEIR CARE,BUT THE SYSTEM, IS NOT READY TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS NOR ADDRESSED THE CONCERNS OF PATIENTS.

THE TRUTH IS- MOST DOCTORS DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO SPEND WITH NOR TO ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS FROM PATIENTS.

HAVE YOU REALLY SEEN A DOCTOR IN A VERY BUSY PRACTICE? HOW LONG WAS YOUR VISIT AND INTERACTION? DID YOU SEE HIS/HER ASSISTANT, BUT NOT HIM/HER?

FOR PATIENTS WITH LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES, THE CLOCK SEEMS TO BE RUNNING OUT ON THEM. THEY HAVE NO TIME TO WAIT. THEY WANT ANSWERS, AND THEY WANT THEM FAST.

IT IS SAD FOR ME TO SAY THIS- BUT THE SYSTEM IS NOT READY TO ADDRESS THEIR  MANY CONCERNS.

FOR, IN THE BELLY OF THE SYSTEM YOU HAVE MALINGERING ISSUES OF -CONSUMERISM, MISTRUST, MISMANAGEMENT, RE-IMBURSEMENT, IT MODELS, AND ACCURATE DATA COLLECTION, AND AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED ISSUE IN MEDICINE- THE TIME LAG BETWEEN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.

MY (c) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS BOOK GOES INTO THESE ISSUES IN MORE DETAIL.

UNFORTUNATELY FOR MEDICINE IN THE U.S.A, AS IT NOW STANDS, THERE IS NO STATE LEVEL, NOR NATIONAL ID/IT SYSTEM.

THERE IS NO ACCURATE WAY OF KEEPING TRACK OF WHO IS TREATING WHO AND FOR WHAT. CUSTODY OF MEDICAL RECORDS IS STILL A GRAVE CONCERN. ASK ANY MEDICAL PRACTICE LAWYER WHO EARNS HIS KEEP.

I WILL PREDICT THAT FOR THOSE WHO WILL HAVE SEX CHANGES IT WILL CAUSE MORE DIFFICULTIES TO TRACK ACCURATELY.

THE TECHNOLOGY RACES AWAY IN SOME AREAS BUT LEAVES SOME AREAS UN -ATTENDED.

SO, AS CONSUMERISM DRIVES THE INDUSTRY, AND THE GOOD PHYSICIANS LEAVES SOME AREAS TO GREENER PASTURES BECAUSE OF RE-IMBURSEMENT ISSUES, THE SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHICS FROM THE POORER TO THE RICHER AREAS, WILL SEE THE PRIVILEGED AND WEALTHY GETTING THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED, WHILE THE POOR CONTINUE TO DIE FROM MALIGNANT NEGLECT IN A COUNTRY AND A SYSTEM WHICH PROMISES “EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR ALL.”

ONE OF THE HARD COLD TRUTH ABOUT MEDICINE IS THAT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS  ARE NEVER TRAINED TO MAKE PATIENTS HAPPY. THEY WERE TRAINED TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY.- WELL ENOUGH- SO THAT THEY CAN FIND THEIR OWN WAY TO HAPPINESS.

DOCTORS ARE PEOPLE TOO, ALL CAUGHT IN A SYSTEM WHICH MANY OF THEM HAVE COME TO DESPISE. THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO, BUT FEEL CONSTRAINED TO DO IT RIGHT AND JUST. I HAVE SAT WITH AND LISTENED TO THE LAMENTATIONS OF MANY.

IT IS WITH LOVE AND EMPATHY FOR ALL CONCERNED THAT I WRITE THIS ARTICLE.

THE SYSTEM, SYSTEM, SYSTEM. EARTH SYSTEMS HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE.

SO, MY REGGAE ASKS- HOW MUCH LONGER MUST SICK, DECENT, LAW ABIDING PEOPLE WAIT TO GET THE CARE, ATTENTION, AND RESPECT THEY RIGHTFULLY DESERVE?

GETTING THE BEST HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA GOES TO THOSE WHO ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE ON THEIR OWN TERMS.

WHAT DOES- LIVING LIFE ON YOUR OWN TERMS MEANS?

TO THE OPPRESSOR IT MEANS: NOT HAVING TO ANSWER TO ANYONE AS TO WHAT YOU SAY OR DO. IT COMES WITH THE PRIVILEGE YOU HAVE IN THE NETWORK OF THE ELITE.

BUT. LOOK OUT AMERICA, THE POOR IS COMING TO YOUR DOOR AS DESPERATE PEOPLE MOVE FROM RURAL TO URBAN AREAS FOR HELP.

IT IS STILL A FACT THAT AMONG THE MOST ADVANCED COUNTRIES, THE USA HAS THE HIGHEST POVERTY RATES.

THE SO- CALLED ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION WILL LEAVE IN ITS PATH A SEGMENT OF PEOPLE , THE WORKING POOR, AND DESTITUTE, WHO HAVE NO PLACE TO TURN. THE SYSTEM WANTS THIS TO BE SO.

MAY JAH PEACE AND HIS MERCIES BE WITH US ALL IN THESE TRIBULATIONS.

(c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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