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"Desperate Conditions": How the Health Industry Inventes Diseases for Profit
The new book by medical journalist Dr. is currently causing quite a stir. med. Werner Bartens. In his book "Heillose States" he denounces the inability of doctors to acquire a differentiated opinion. Rather, many medical professionals trust the lobbyists of the pharmaceutical industry and follow the principle of profit themselves. Bartens even goes so far in his book, claiming that some diseases do not exist at all and were only invented to maximize profits. "If the German healthcare system were a patient, he would probably be in the intensive care unit".
There are “dire conditions” in Germany: the medical journalist, doctor and author of the “Ärztehasser book” Werner Bartens has written a new book. In this he denounces the healthcare industry in Germany. Risky breast implants, excessive cancer screening and expensive drugs with no added value are some examples that show how the focus is no longer on the patient but on money.
Everyone loves more profit in capitalism. "But if the health industry is to grow, more people will have to be sick," the author wrote in the preface. So that profits can be increased, unnecessary medicines are designed without further ado and even new diseases are invented. In addition, often extensive examinations do not depend on the course of the disease, but on the availability and the need for depreciation of the expensive purchased practice equipment. “One thing is clear: there is no good health system at a bargain price, but who actually cleans up in this self-service shop in the lobby groups? And where's the patient lobby group? ”Frank Plasberg asked himself recently on the ARD program“ Hart aber Fair ”.
According to Bartens, medicine in Germany is primarily seen as a profit-oriented growth industry. In order for this to grow, new offers are always needed. This automatically creates new demand. And adequate controls and regulations in practices and clinics hardly exist.
Grief turns into depression, increased blood pressure hypertension Bartens can also come up with a series of examples as a trained doctor. Medicine makes the natural menopause of women appear as a kind of illness. A normal grief would quickly become "depression, an illness." Slightly increased blood lipid levels or borderline blood pressure would continue to be lowered and around 80 percent of radiographs for back pain would also be questionable. The journalist also believed that knee joints were much too mirrored than it actually was would be necessary.
Invented diseases for profit Bartens is not just about unnecessary diagnostics, superfluous medicines and excessive treatments. The author even claims that many diseases are simply made up. The ABC of invented diseases looks like this: "Alzheimer's, burnout, cellulite." Children in particular would be subject to excessive surveillance. Even screaming outpatients, experts for problems sleeping through or poor performance are often superfluous and would only make life difficult for parents. They don't know that noise, arguments and confusion are normal for children.
In his opinion, doctors would often do what is profitable. They would not always have a medical benefit for the patient in mind. “If the system provides financial incentives based on expensive treatments and lucrative patients, the doctor becomes a seller. Time for attention falls by the wayside. ”In many cases, the doctors are also not up to date because they do not get enough information. "80 percent of doctors in Germany don't read English-language journals," complains the author. They would rather rely on regional opinion leaders, who are often paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.
The pharmaceutical industry manipulated some studies
For example, the medical journalist backs up the statements with studies that the pharmaceutical industry has manipulated in its sense, taking advantage of the lack of transparency in the healthcare system. In addition, the author is dedicated to the lobbying of the medical and pharmaceutical industry and the inability of health politicians to ensure that the provisions in the healthcare system are too lax. For example, new medical high-tech devices would not have to prove any real benefit in order to be approved later. It is enough that they work.
After reading the five-chapter book, patients may be left at a loss. Because a quick change of the system does not seem to be in sight. Nevertheless, “hopeless conditions” can stimulate experts and laypeople to think and thus make a small contribution to the improvement. Because what Bartens writes has a hand when it comes to the disclosure of the dubious machinations of the "greedy actors in the health system". If the criticism becomes louder, inexpensive treatments in naturopathy are more popular and doctors also renounce greed, things can change. After all, rethinking has also led to people becoming much more critical about nutrition and increasingly preferring “organic” instead of “cheap”. A good doctor and a critical patient are the first steps in the right direction. Predicate worth living. (sb)