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America's Healthcare Crisis--"The Whole System is Broken"

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      Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP)
      Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research


      This Infomail is but an introduction to our lengthy IV-Part, fully
      referenced, review of America's Healthcare Crisis—including numerous
      recent peer reviewed journal articles.

      America’s acute healthcare crisis affects average Americans—not just the
      poor. Specifically, we focus on several critical safety issues that
      plague US healthcare which are neither acknowledged, much less,
      addressed by ObamaCare,its progenitor, RomneyCare, nor any healthcare
      overhaul proposal being kicked around in Washington.

      Those who formulate healthcare policy are oblivious to the alarming
      decline in the performance of US healthcare when compared to the rest of
      the industrialized world. Their vision is obscured either by
      propaganda—i.e. “The United States has the best healthcare system in the
      world” or they pretend not to see the magnitude of harm produced by
      preventable hazards that are imbedded in America’s profit-driven
      healthcare system.

      We have compiled a list of more than 100 current books by prominent
      physicians and knowledgeable academic and independent healthcare
      analysts who confront the real healthcare crisis from varying aspects.
      See, *Medicine Hijacked:
      <http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/855/9/>***Medicine Hijacked: Books
      That Document the Real Healthcare Crisis

      America’s healthcare crisis is demonstrable in its poor and worsening
      international ranking:
      America does not measure up on the two most important indicators of the
      well-being and healthcare quality of a country.
      Americans have the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality
      rate compared to all other industrialized countries
      And American suffer from a high rate of preventable, treatment induced

      America's healthcare system is riddled with errors, duplication and
      waste—in both human resources and expenditure.

      This is in large part the consequence of a commercially driven medical
      system that is aligned with the healthcare provider
      industries—insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers,
      hospitals, medical specialty societies, and the American Medical
      Association—all of who are major contributors to Congressional and
      presidential election campaigns, ensuring their interests are served.

      The latest Institute of Medicine report (September 2012) estimates that
      in 2009 alone, $750 billion were wasted on unnecessary health spending.

      “The costs of the system's current inefficiency underscore the urgent
      need for a systemwide transformation. The committee calculated that
      about 30 percent of health spending in 2009—roughly $750 billion—was
      wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud,
      and other problems. Moreover, inefficiencies cause needless suffering.
      By one estimate, roughly 75,000 deaths might have been averted in 2005…”

      However, the IOM report fails to identify the specific industries that
      profit from wasted resources. For example, the pharmaceutical industry
      whose inordinate influence has penetrated public, private, academic and
      government institutions, has led to the adoption of healthcare policies
      and medical practices that greatly enhance this industry’s profit
      margin--often by sacrificing public safety.

      Polypharmacy (combination drug cocktails) is an example of an untested
      current medical practice that increases profits by exposing millions of
      patients to potential serious harm without having demonstrated a
      clinical value.

      ·The number of prescriptions filled in the US increased 72% from 1997 to
      ·US prescriptions rose to 3.9 billion in 2009 and sales reached $300.3
      ·Pharma profits have been in the double digits since 1995—far surpassing
      Fortune 500 companies.
      ·In 2009, pharmaceutical companies raked in the highest profit ever, 19.8%.

      ·But those profits were not earned by producing beneficial treatments
      that cured disease or improved Americans’ health. Indeed, Americans
      would be shocked to learn that the staggering expenditure for
      prescription drugs—in most cases—did not get them treatments that
      improved their health. Independent analysts have shown that only 1 in 10
      new drugs offers substantial benefits for patients compared to existing
      much cheaper drugs whose risks are known.

      What’s worse, doctors who prescribe newly licensed drugs that are
      heavily promoted as ”breakthrough” medicines, know absolutely nothing
      about the hidden risks that these drugs pose. Only after years on the
      market—after the drugs have caused serious harm to thousands of
      people—do the risks become known.

      An analysis in the/*New England Journal of Medicine*/
      <http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064> (2010):

      “The big picture—the poor and declining performance of the United
      States, which goes far beyond the challenge of universal insurance —will
      inevitably get lost if we do not routinely track performance and compare
      the results both among countries and among states and counties within
      the United States.

      A growing number of physicians and**5 major medical specialty
      associations <http://choosingwisely.org> acknowledge that medically
      unsupportable interventions pose serious risks of harm. In the absence
      of demonstrable clinical benefits, they recommend LESS diagnosing of
      presumed, unsubstantiated conditions, LESS medically unjustifiable
      testing, and LESS prescribing of invasive treatments and drugs.

      *The following is an outline of inconvenient truths about US healthcare
      which are obscured from public awareness by stakeholders in the business
      of healthcare:***

      The third leading cause of death in the US is not a disease, but medical
      intervention—it ranks after heart disease and cancer.
      Every year: 225,000 hospitalized Americans die as a result of improper
      medical interventions--of these, 106,000 are killed by prescription
      drugs (excluding errors).
      No one tracks the total annual deaths from hazardous or malfunctioning
      FDA-approved medical products--including medical devices and
      prescription drugs*.

      The FDA is the pivotal gatekeeper entrusted with determining the safety
      and efficacy of medical products. But the agency has been corrupted by
      its financial dependency on industry.
      *FDA has been given given failing grades by**s**even authoritative
      reviews* that foundserious deficiencies in FDA’s scientific base
      <http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/868/9/> and organizational
      structure. *
      *See, synopses of these reviews

      Since 1995, FDA scientists have been clashing with FDA managers about
      safety issues.
      See AHRP post at:http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/866/9/

      FDA adheres to an irrational--95%--certainty standard before recognizing
      a lethal risk. How many bullets are needed before FDA would say, the gun
      is loaded?

      FDA-licensed prescription drugs are the cause of a preventable epidemic
      of injury and deaths.
      28 drugs that had been approved since 1995, were withdrawn after they
      had killed hundreds of thousands of

      See, *list of prescription drugs that were recalled for safety issues*
      at*: http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/861/9/*

      FDA-licensed medical device recalls due to safety hazards SOARED in
      2012. (WSJ, Aug. 2012)<http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/870/9/#_edn19>

      FDA-licensedvaccines pose inherent risks of harm—the law identifies
      vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe” and the US Supreme Court (2011)
      recently acknowledged them as such.

      FDA-licensed Vaccines are not tested against inert placebo controlled
      safety trials—nor are combined vaccine interactions tested.

      Severe vaccine safety problems are not disclosed to parents, and safety
      data is only selectively accessible for independent scientific review.

      The US infant vaccine schedule is the most aggressive in the world--36
      vaccine doses before age 6.

      What’s the rationale for vaccinating newborns with hepatitis B?

      A neurosurgeon says: “Vaccinating millions of children with the
      hepatitis B vaccine at birth can only be described as dangerous idiocy.”

      Vaccine manufacturers are shielded from all legal liability.
      Taxpayers are shouldering the burden of compensation for severe vaccine
      The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has dispensed close to
      $2.5 billion for sever vaccine-induced harm.

      Autism has been declared “a national emergency” by US. Interagency
      Autism Coordinating Committee (2011) and its Chair acknowledged:
      *“There is no question that there has got to be an environmental
      component here.*”

      Yet, no federal research has been initiated to identify the cause (or

      *America's Healthcare Crisis*:

      Part I: "The Whole System is Broken":

      Part II: What Do We Get for All That

      Part III: The Untouchable Third Rail in Healthcare—The Vaccine
      Controversy: Core Issues.**http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/873/9/

      Part IV: FDA, a complicit partner in crimes and corrupt industry
      practices. http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/874/9/

      Vera Sharav

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