Healthcare Costs, Family Bankruptcy
& YOU

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

If healthcare costs are a concern for you and your family – and if they aren’t yet, they soon will be – take a few minutes to view this video featuring Dr. David Belk. He explains how all your healthcare bills – from doctors’ visits to medications to hospitalizations to lab and imaging tests – are inflated by up to ten times.

And when you’re finished, check out the rest of this page for ways to overcome this unmatched price inflation that causes almost twice as many family bankruptcies in America as all other causes combined. And most of these folks had health insurance.

You might also enjoy my MedSmarts blog posts that start below after the several videos that offer you even more insights into how to navigate America’s broken healthcare system – and reduce your risk of treatment injury and financial exploitation.

Learn to protect yourself & your family

Our Healthcare Sucks exposes American healthcare’s “dark underbelly” - medical greed that threatens your life & family finances. Americans’ insurance and out-of-pocket costs combined are likely to TRIPLE over the next decade – Obamacare or no Obamacare - driven largely by deceptive practices like…

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  • Unnecessary surgeries, tests & procedures

  • Patient referrals to doctor-owned services

  • Needlessly hospitalizing patients to protect doctors from lawsuits

These violate the medical code of ethics, yet are now common. Our Healthcare Sucks is a “wake-up call” to these threats to your safety and finances – as you’ll pay for more of these deceptive practices out of your own pocket. Learn how to protect yourself and your family (get instant access to this eBook by clicking the orange Add-to-Cart button on the right).     

Or get a FREE copy of the Introduction chapter here.

If you still think more healthcare is better healthcare, you need to watch this video.

Caveat to following video: randomly controlled medical trials can be manipulated, too.

Be sure to review this list of healthcare procedures and their effectiveness – and risks – before signing your Informed Consent.

OK, this last video’s an hour+ and an hour is an eternity online, but it’s a speck in time in eternity. Watch at least the first 13 minutes – and remember, this applies to ALL medications/medical evidence, not just psychiatric.

Blog Posts

Health Insurance or SELF – Insurance?

Health insurance magnet drawing hundred dollar billsHealthcare spending in America will roughly double over the next ten years – causing companies to more aggressively shift health insurance costs to their employees. Many are expected to drop health insurance altogether. This means your family’s healthcare costs are likely to triple - leaving you responsible for half or more of your healthcare costs even with health insurance. That’s what we call “self-insurance”Continue reading

 Healthcare Reform: Is Access Enough?

Health reform as a bandaid on a bleeding wound

The politics of healthcare reform distract us from our real medical threats:

  • Epidemic injuries from medical mistakes – mostly concealed and unrecognized; &

  • Out-of-control healthcare spending  – much of it due to deceptive medical practices.

Neither are significantly affected by healthcare reform – nor its repeal…Continue reading...

Beyond Cholesterol – Part 2

The CVD Trio As noted in Part 1 of this 3-part series – Making Sense of Your Cholesterol Scores – cholesterol measures alone have been insufficient for predicting and preventing cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. Over half of these occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. As a result, researchers continue to look […]

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Fighting Cancer With Ethical Bribes

Cut Cancer With Cash   If you’ve read a single post here – much less the entirety of Our Healthcare Sucks – you no doubt recognize the central and predictive role that money plays in American healthcare. Patients, employers, and the government all pay dearly for insurance coverage. Insurers, patients, and the government all pay […]

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Making Sense of Your Cholesterol Scores

The Cholesterol Conundrum Because aggressively reducing patients’ LDL cholesterol has failed to prevent many cardiovascular events, there’s been renewed effort over the past decade to find better ways to “risk-stratify” patients – especially those at “moderate risk” using the conventional Framingham Risk Score (FRS). The FRS has been found satisfactory for identifying people at high […]

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Where Does It Hurt? – Painful Times for the FDA

The FDA Needs to Put Pain in Perspective FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg is under renewed pressure from public health advocates and law enforcement officials over the agency’s lax and inconsistent approach to powerful and addictive opioid painkiller medications. This follows on the heels of appeals to repeal the FDA’s approval of a controversial painkiller […]

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Hidden Meaning in Latest Weight Loss Drug Approval?

Are YOU a Junk Food Junkie?   The seemingly endless search for an effective weight loss drug continues apace with last week’s FDA approval of Contrave, a weight loss drug composed of two drugs previously approved to treat depression and addictions. And therein lies perhaps its greatest meaning – as the drug itself is unlikely to […]

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Healthcare Malaise Promises More Misery

Healthcare Performance Anxiety? This summer seems to be ending on a dour note for America’s healthcare system.  The past week has seen a spate of reports about lingering problems across many fronts. Let’s see if I can do them justice…  A System in Name Only First up is a report by the estimable Sarah Clift […]

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Does Your Medication Actually Work?

Medication Effectiveness Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be Many of the medications we’re prescribed have a reasonable probability of not working for the problem for which they’re being prescribed. According to a senior physician executive with GlaxoSmithKline…  “The vast majority of drugs – more than 90% – only work in 30 or 50 percent […]

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