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Thursday, January 28, 2010

The People's Health Care Reform Plan by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.


THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN
by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist

President Obama said, “...if anyone from either party has a better approach ... let me know.” I have such a plan and it is a non-partisan solution. “The People's Health Care Reform Plan” will make PATIENTS MORE POWERFUL, and the Government, corporations, and insurance companies (crony capitalism) less powerful. This plan will reduce costs, increase access, and save the most lives. It's also simple.

Let's be part of the Health Care Reform solution! Let's distribute a plan that empowers patients, doctors, and nurses, which everyone can understand.

SHORT VERSION OF THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN
1. Tell us patients what everything costs - no more secrets.
2. Give doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals social networking so they can share inside medical information, which only they know, with patients.
3. Tort Reform.
4. Distribute "The People's Health Care Reform Plan" to everyone in America and around the world via Facebook, E-mail, etc.

PATIENTS GETTING CONTROL OF PRICES
Congress must facilitate that patients be told the price of everything in health care in advance, except in true emergencies, or they do not have to pay.

Patients cannot spend money from Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance Companies, Unions, or their own money, wisely if they do not know what anything costs. It's these hidden prices that cause monopolies that drive up our prices and result in unsavory backroom political deals. It's not knowing the price of anything that enables Medicare, Medicaid, and corporate fraud to occur so easily. How can we know if we are overcharged if we never know what anything costs in the first place? How can we revolutionize health care if we don't know what costs too much? We need to know the prices.

PATIENTS NEED MORE INFORMATION FROM DOCTORS, NURSES, AND ALL ALLIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Congress must facilitate an open-to-the-public Doctor's, Nurse's, and allied health care professional's, social Networking Website with features like Facebook, Sermo.com, del.icio.us, and Digg, combined with the National Library of Medicine.

Allow all 800,000 doctors in the USA, all 2.9 million nurses, all pharmacists, all dentists, and all allied health care professionals to rank all the medical studies on Medline (and elsewhere) for patients. Allow all doctors and nurses to rank all the treatment options for all diagnoses as well. We need to have Amazon.com-like product reviews for all treatments. This will drastically improve “The Science of Medicine.”

Let doctors, nurses, and health professionals be anonymous, or use their own names if they wish, and be free from lawsuits for anything they write. Give doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals, Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for this. A government panel of physicians who are public health statisticians can evaluate medical care as well, as long as that panel is not more powerful than practicing physicians and nurses on the front lines.

Also allow doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals to give free medical education over the Internet to patients. Not treatment, but education. Empower patients with knowledge. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all health care professionals love talking medicine and helping people, and will be willing to do this for free, if in turn they are free from liability. Give them CME credits for this as well. Finally, patients, who sometimes know more than doctors and nurses, should be brought into the rating system. Let's all help each other.

In addition, allow all the doctors and pharmacists to rank off-label uses for medications. This will help patients get medications they need, even when they are not approved for that specific use by the Food and Drug Administration. If a new and effective antibiotic is created, and it is approved for pneumonia, but can save someone's foot from being amputated according to the medical literature, doctors, and pharmacists, it should be allowed immediately.

The social networking of health care professionals will greatly improve "The Science of Medicine," and will demonstrate what studies need to be done, as we see how one professional group is critical of the science behind another group's practices. Make sure the results are public and are separated into specialties so the public can see what various types of doctors and health care professionals believe.

This networking will prevent a central government panel, or insurance company panels, from being in charge of health care decisions, as we must give the most credence to practicing health care professionals and patients. This will help put patients, doctors, nurses, and health care professionals back in charge of medical decisions. This is the kind of public information that will prevent unnecessary hysterectomies (remember that scandal?) and other medical scams by informing patients about what is really going on in medicine.

This social networking site should also help direct federal research spending to solve controversies in medical care. All health care professionals should be able to suggest studies that need to be done to improve patient care. Doctors, nurses, and all health professionals should prioritize the need for studies at the National Institutes of Health and by private industry. Health care providers need help right now, and there is little correlation between the studies that doctors and nurses need done immediately and what the NIH spends our research money on.

TORT REFORM
"No health care reform without tort reform" should be the litmus test for any health care reform bill before congress. It's been estimated that tort reform could save over 200 billion dollars per year by ridding the system of expensive defensive medicine practices and of frivolous lawsuits. When significant tort reform is not present, you know that third parties are actually driving health care reform, not the people.


ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY
This health care reform plan is based on the truism that: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," which is attributed to Lord Acton in 1887. If the Government becomes too powerful it will become corrupt and we will have Obama's "Death Panels" as predicted by Sarah Palin. If the corporations and insurance companies become too powerful with crony capitalism, they will become corrupt and we will have denials, hassles, and barriers to care - "Death Panels" again. The answer is to make patients and health care providers more powerful.

Eight hundred thousand doctors, 2.9 million nurses, 217,000 pharmacists, 150,000 dentists, 100,000 respiratory therapists, 90,000 physical therapists, 300,000 laboratory technicians, all the other health care professionals, and 300 million patients can share information using today's technology and keep the health care power in the people's hands, instead of in the hands of third parties, which always become corrupt over time when given too much power.

I have tried very hard to come up with a simple health care reform plan that would be bipartisan and would save the most lives at the lowest possible cost. This plan can be adopted right now. This plan puts the power back in the hands of the patients, doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals and TAKES IT AWAY from the Government, corporations, and insurance companies. Health care reform is life and death; it's not politics. We need to know what everything costs in health care just like we do every other good or service, and we need to know what doctors, nurses, and all health professionals know, or we can never make good decisions. This is the health care reform revolution that will save the most lives.

YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW
1. Send this plan to everyone who would be willing to receive it.

2. Be creative! Have a "People's Health Care Reform Plan Distribution Party" on Facebook. Create an event page on your Facebook Profile page to get your friends to send “The People's Health Care Reform Plan” to all their receptive friends and politicians within a short period of time. If everyone on Facebook creates this event it will go viral. Click on your Facebook Profile. You will see a bunch of tabs: Wall, Info, Photos, Links, and a ">>" button. If the Events Tab is not there, click on the >> button and drag the Events icon up into your profile tabs. Title the Event as: "People's Health Care Reform Plan - Distribution Party." For location put: On Your Computer RIGHT NOW. Set it to start immediately and run for whatever time frame is best. Set privacy to: Open, so the whole world can see it, if that is okay with you. Upload a photo from your computer if you want, or donate a logo to the cause if you want. Select an event type such as: Causes or Education. Select a subtype such as: Protest. Copy and paste the entire People's Health Care Reform Plan into the white box. Then, it is time to invite everyone you know to the event using Facebook's invite function.

3. Also, post “The People's Health Care Reform Plan” in your Facebook Notes and share it with the world that way as well. Send a link to it to all your friends who would want it, and do whatever else you can think of to publicize empowering patients.

4. Go to www.Congress.org, www.Senate.gov and www.House.gov, or other websites, find the contact form, and send this plan to your senators and your representative. "We The People," will give them the alternative health care reform plan they need.

5. E-mail “The People's Health Care Reform Plan” to everyone you know who would be interested. Create email chain letters without spamming anyone.

6. Send the Plan to your local newspaper as part of a letter-to-the-editor.

7. Send the plan to any local politicians that you know.

8. Send “The People's Health Care Reform Plan” to every advocacy group you know about that wants patients and health care professionals to be more powerful.

9. Send this simple plan to every reporter, blogger, and media contact you have.

10. Please redistribute this essay freely. We want to improve health care for everyone and save the most lives possible.

11. I believe in freedom. This is all about freedom. And although it is a great cause, please be careful about spamming, or violating any terms of service anywhere.


RATIONALE FOR THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN
You want to be in charge of your health care and you don't want third parties coming between you and your doctor. You want to retain control over your own body. Let them know it's your life, and you want to save it from third party rationing. This plan empowers patients, it tells the people what everything costs, and it shares with them everything that medical professionals know. The only way we can get control of health care is to get control of the prices and the information. If we show overwhelming support for this plan maybe congress will finally listen.

"The People's Health Care Reform Plan" was written (01/18/2010) by:
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist
http://Facebook.com/Hennenfent
http://BradMD.com
E-mail: Brad@BradMD.com
http://groups.to/bradmd/
http://BradMD.blogspot.com

(c) Copyright 2010 by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., all rights reserved. However you may freely redistribute this intact essay or portions of it as long as the original meaning is not changed and attribution is given.

Originally published in the online newspaper, Gold Coast Chronicle, on January 19th, 2010. Available at:
http://www.goldcoastchronicle.com/feature/the-peoples-health-care-reform-plan/

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This version of "The People's Health Care Reform Plan" was published on Blogger at: http://BradMD.com on 01/28/2009.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Credentials for Health Care Reform by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.

My Credentials for Health Care Reform by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Physician & Economist.

My credentials for Health Care Reform are that I am a physician (M.D.), an economist (B.A.), and a patient who has experienced both sides of the "white coat."

I'm non-partisan. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I have "no party affiliation."

Health care economics started for me when I was offered the opportunity to graduate with honors in economics at Northwestern University by taking an “honors class” on taxation. I decided to forgo graduating with honors to do independent study on Medical Economics, which was a life changing experience, deepened my interest in health care reform, and fueled my life-long passion for Health Care Economics. I subsequently graduated from Northwestern University and went on to medical school at the University of Illinois.

I have worked in Government run hospitals including Cook County Hospital (Chicago), West Side VA Hospital (Chicago), LA County Hospital (Los Angeles) and Detroit Receiving Hospital. I have also worked in about twenty private hospitals during medical school, residency, and as a practicing board-certified Emergency Physician. I also served as the director of several emergency departments and urgent care centers.

I have had “too much” experience with Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans Administration and other government programs over the years.

I have seen health insurance companies go bankrupt, seen the struggle by people to get re-insured, and have seen patients denied necessary medications by the Government and by the private insurance industry.

When working, my main job was the clinical practice of emergency medicine, quality assurance, and then the administrative management of emergency medicine. After studying the economics of emergency departments and urgent care centers, I also served as a consultant on such issues. My last consulting job was for an Indiana hospital about the economics of starting urgent care centers in various geographic locations around the hospital.

When traveling the world, I have made it a point to study the various health care systems. I have toured medical facilities in Australia, Canada, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Philippines, Ukraine, and Singapore. In fact, I visited the Ministry of Health in Singapore to go over Medical Savings Accounts, which they instituted for the entire country.

Health care reform can be done right. Patients, doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals can be in charge. Patients can have the power and knowledge to stay healthy and get the best medical care in the world.

I wrote "The People's Health Care Reform Plan," which empowers patients instead of third parties.

My conclusion is that a well-designed health-care system is more important to the health of a nation’s people than any single physician’s skill and knowledge will ever be.

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist
www.Facebook.com/Hennenfent
www.BradMD.com
www.BradMD.blogspot.com
www.Twitter.com/BradMD

Related References

1. Hennenfent BR: The economics of urological care in the 21st century. [letter] Urology. 1996 Feb;47(2):285-6.

2. Hennenfent BR and Rosenberg C. "Medical Economics. A Thesis on the Maldistribution of Physicians." Senior Paper at Northwestern University. 1980.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Physician in Hitler's Germany by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

The following is by by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

A Physician in Hitler's Germany by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

Growing up in Hitler's Germany and experiencing first hand the total collapse and bankruptcy of an ideology and its evil machinery I embraced at an early age the principles of Freedom and Inalienable Rights.

I studied medicine and found that German physicians practicing under the banner of high flying slogans and mystic incantations to the contrary were nothing but bureaucrats serving another dictatorial master, the oldest system of state-run Socialized Medicine in the world.

I escaped this system as a young physician and immigrated to the United States. Here I found a country with a lesser degree of Government infringement on the Rights of Man and his Pursuit of Happiness in his chosen path through life.

Knowing personally how precious these Rights are as expressed in the Declaration of Independence I have watched with great concern throughout my medical career the relentless attacks by the Government and its Representatives on Physicians as if the Declaration of Independence does not apply to them.

If the present President and Congress get their way, the last remnants of Freedom and Inalienable Rights will be extinguished in America with the establishment of a Nazi-like tyranny and dictatorship. - The enslavement of a small minority, the physician, will have tragic consequences not just for physicians, but for all who need their knowledge and dedication to the principles of excellence at some critical point in their lives. -

Although I have always held true to the ideas of Freedom and the Rights of Man by implication, the moral foundation of these Rights as discovered facts and as the requirement for life on earth became clear to me only through my discovery of Ayn Rand's writings. Had Ayn Rand lived among the Founding Fathers, America today would be immune to the takeover by the forces of evil that are undermining the Foundations of this country.

by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

Do Doctors Have Rights or Are They Slaves

The following is by by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

Do Doctors Have Rights by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

Is it possible that the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights excluded doctors from all other Americans' inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Is it true that the Declaration of Independence does not apply to doctors?

The instigators of the present feeding frenzy in Washington want to make us believe that by the mere fact of having chosen to become doctors we have somehow given up these rights for the sake of becoming the slaves of everybody who demands our services. As a radiologist in hospital based practice I am no expert in the machinations of insurance schemes and Government meddling. This Byzantine maze of conflicting regulations and routine State and Federal legislative intervention into the care of our patients is a matter of record. The result is an inherently unstable, enormously expensive system of Government controls and small remaining islands of freedom. What is currently being discussed in Congress amounts to the complete eradication of what remains of this remnant of freedom of the medical profession.

We physicians are merely a tiny disarmed minority hopelessly adrift among those who claim the moral high ground of knowing better. And yet inalienable rights pertain to all Americans without exception.

Medicine is an enormously complex integration of facts and concepts requiring years of highly specialized study to be applied by the doctor to the individual patient. No bureaucrat or rulebook can ever come close to what is going on in the mind of the physician. If we let Obama get away with his scheme, the result will be the complete empowerment of the bureaucrats and the enslavement of the physician.

The Founding Fathers of the United States, for the first time in the history of the world, subordinated Government to Moral Law. Man's inalienable individual rights were made explicit. The doctrine of Right over Might was spelled out and the Government was formed for the sole purpose of protecting these rights. The individual according to the Founding Documents is the sovereign, not the Government. The smallest minority of all minorities is the individual. The Founding Fathers were aware of the threat to individual rights by the Government as the history of man with rare exceptions has been for thousands of years. That is why the Bill of Rights was made part of the Constitution.

What is happening here before our very eyes? Why are we seeing the impending total enslavement of a once noble profession? - This is the reversal to Might over Right contrary to all moral standards! Health care reform as envisioned by the Government is not an idea that can claim to be moral on principle that somehow is difficult to implement; in fact, it is vicious at the base and will therefore be a miserable failure when practiced.

How did we get into this? The fact is that a lot of what is proposed is already in place at a very high price, not just in Dollars and Cents; but at the expense of the freedom of a tiny minority, the doctor. This system needs reform, not by the complete implementation of slavery but by referring back to our Nation's Founding Documents guaranteeing individual rights. The Founding Fathers included all men, not just some who happen to be the majority!

by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The People's Health Care Reform Plan


The People's Health Care Reform Plan

Our politicians are letting third parties take over our health care. LET’S STOP THEM NOW. The People’s Health Care Reform Plan will make PATIENTS MORE POWERFUL, and the Government, corporations, and insurance companies (crony capitalism) less powerful. This plan will reduce costs, increase access, and save the most lives. It’s also simple.

Short Version of the People’s Health Care Reform Plan

1. Tell us what everything costs - no more secrets.
2. Give doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals social networking so they can tell us everything they know.
3. Tort Reform.
4. Distribute "The People’s Health Care Reform Plan" to everyone in America and around the World, including our politicians, via Facebook, E-mail, etc.

Patients Getting Control of Prices

Congress must facilitate that patients be told the price of everything in health care in advance, except in true emergencies, or they do not have to pay.

Patients cannot spend money from Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance Companies, or their own money, wisely if they do not know what anything costs. It’s these hidden prices that cause monopolies that drive up our prices and result in unsavory backroom political deals. It’s not knowing the price of anything that enables Medicare, Medicaid, and corporate fraud to occur so easily. How can we know if we are overcharged if we never know what anything costs in the first place? How can we revolutionize health care if we don’t know what costs too much? We need to know the prices.

Patients Need More Information from Doctors, Nurses, and All Allied Health Care Professionals
Congress must facilitate an open-to-the-public Doctor's, Nurse’s, and allied health care professional’s, social Networking Website with features like Facebook, Sermo.com, del.icio.us, and Digg, combined with the National Library of Medicine.

Allow all 800,000 doctors in the USA, all 2.9 million nurses, all pharmacists, dentists, and health professionals to rank all the medical articles on Medline (and elsewhere) for patients. Allow all doctors and nurses to rank all the treatment options for all diagnoses as well. We need to have Amazon.com-like product reviews for all treatments. This will drastically improve "The Science of Medicine."

Let doctors, nurses, and health professionals be anonymous, or use their own names if they wish, and be free from lawsuits for anything they write. Give doctors, nurses, and health professionals, Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for this. A government panel of physicians who are public health statisticians can evaluate medical care as well, as long as that panel is not more powerful than practicing physicians and nurses on the front lines.

Also allow doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals to give free medical education over the Internet to patients. Not treatment, but education. Empower patients with knowledge. Doctors and nurses love talking medicine and helping people, and will be willing to do this for free, if in turn they are free from liability. Give them CME credits for this as well. As soon as possible, bring in dentists, pharmacists, and all allied health care professionals. Finally, patients, who sometimes know more than doctors, should be brought into the rating system. Let’s all help each other.

In addition, allow all the doctors and pharmacists to rank off-label uses for medications. This will help patients get medications they need, even when they are not approved for that specific use by the Food and Drug Administration. If a new and effective antibiotic is created, and it is approved for pneumonia, but can save someone’s foot from being amputated according to the medical literature, doctors, and pharmacists, it should be allowed immediately.

The social networking of health care professionals will greatly improve "The Science of Medicine," and will demonstrate what studies need to be done, as we see how one professional group is critical of the science behind another group’s practices. Make sure the results are public and are separated into specialties so the public can see what various types of doctors and health care professionals believe.

This networking will prevent a central government panel, or insurance company panels, from being in charge of health care decisions, as we must give the most credence to practicing health care professionals and patients. This will help put patients, doctors, nurses, and health care professionals back in charge of medical decisions. This is the kind of public information that will prevent unnecessary hysterectomies (remember that scandal?) and other medical scams by informing patients about what is really going on in medicine.

This social networking site should also help direct federal research spending to solve controversies in medical care. All health care professionals should be able to suggest studies that need to be done to improve patient care. Doctors, nurses, and all health professionals should rate the need for studies at the National Institutes of Health and by private industry. Health care providers need help right now, and there is little correlation between the studies that doctors and nurses need and what the NIH spends our research money on.

Tort Reform

"No health care reform without tort reform" should be the litmus test for any health care reform bill before congress. It’s been estimated that tort reform could save over 200 billion dollars per year by ridding the system of expensive defensive medicine practices and of frivolous lawsuits. When significant tort reform is not present, you know that third parties are actually driving health care reform, not the people.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

This health care reform plan is based on the truism that: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," which is attributed to Lord Acton in 1887. If the Government becomes too powerful it will become corrupt and we will have Obama’s "Death Panels" as predicted by Sarah Palin. If the corporations and insurance companies become too powerful, they will become corrupt and we will have denials, hassles, and barriers to care - "Death Panels" again. The answer is to make patients and health care providers more powerful.

Eight hundred thousand doctors, 2.9 million nurses, 217,000 pharmacists, 150,000 dentists, 100,000 respiratory therapists, 90,000 physical therapists, 300,000 laboratory technicians, all the other health care professionals, and 300 million patients can share information using today’s technology and keep the health care power in the people’s hands, instead of in the hands of third parties, which always become corrupt over time when given too much power.
I have tried very hard to come up with a simple health care reform plan that would be bipartisan and would save the most lives at the lowest possible cost. This plan can be adopted right now. This plan puts the power back in the hands of the patients, doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals and TAKES IT AWAY from the Government, corporations, and insurance companies. Health care reform is life and death; it’s not politics. We need to know what everything costs in health care just like we do every other good or service, and we need to know what doctors, nurses, and all health professionals know, or we can never make good decisions. This is the health care reform revolution that will save the most lives.

You Need To Take Action Now

1. Send this plan to everyone who would be willing to receive it.
2. Be creative! Have a "People’s Health Care Reform Plan Distribution Party" on Facebook. Create an event page on your Facebook Profile page to get your friends to send the People’s Health Care Reform Plan to all their receptive friends and politicians within a short period of time. If everyone on Facebook creates this event it will go viral. Click on your Facebook Profile. You will see a bunch of tabs: Wall, Info, Photos, Links, and a ">>" button. If the Events Tab is not there, click on the >> button and drag the Events icon up into your profile tabs. Title the Event as: "People's Health Care Reform Plan - Distribution Party." For location put: On Your Computer RIGHT NOW. Set it to start immediately and run for whatever time frame is best. Set privacy to: Open, so the whole world can see it, if that is okay with you. Upload a photo from your computer if you want, or donate a logo to the cause if you want. Select an event type such as: Causes or Education. Select a subtype such as: Protest. Copy and paste the entire People’s Health Care Reform Plan into the white box. Then, it is time to invite everyone you know to the event using Facebook’s invite function.
3. Also, post the People’s Health Care Reform Plan in your Facebook Notes and share it with the world that way as well. Message a link to it to all your friends who would want it, and do whatever else you can think of to publicize empowering patients.
4. Go to www.Senate.gov and www.House.gov, or other websites, find the contact form, and send this plan to your senators and your representative. “We The People,” will give them the alternative plan they need.
5. E-mail The People’s Health Care Reform Plan to everyone you know who would be interested. Create email chain letters without spamming anyone.
6. Send the Plan to your local newspaper as part of a letter-to-the-editor.
7. Send the plan to any local politicians that you know.
8. Send The People’s Health Care Reform Plan to every advocacy group you know about that wants patients and health care professionals to be more powerful.
9. Send this simple plan to every reporter, blogger, and media contact you have.
10. Please redistribute this essay freely. We want to improve health care for everyone and save the most lives possible.
11. I believe in freedom. This is all about freedom. And although it is a great cause, please be careful about spamming, or violating any terms of service anywhere.

Rational for The People’s Health Care Reform Plan

You want to be in charge of your health care and you don’t want third parties coming between you and your doctor. You want to retain control over your own body. Let them know it’s your life, and you want to save it from third party rationing. This plan empowers patients, it tells the people what everything costs, and it shares with them everything that medical professionals know. The only way we can get control of health care is to get control of the prices and the information. If we show overwhelming support for this plan maybe congress will finally listen.

The People’s Health Care Reform Plan was written (01/18/2010) by:
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist
Facebook.com/Hennenfent
BradMD.com
E-mail: Brad@BradMD.com
http://groups.to/bradmd/
BradMD.blogspot.com

© Copyright 2010 by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., all rights reserved. However you may freely redistribute this intact essay or portions of it as long as the original meaning is not changed and attribution is given.

Originally published in the online newspaper: Gold Coast Chronicle, on January 19th, 2010. Available at:
http://www.goldcoastchronicle.com/feature/the-peoples-health-care-reform-plan/


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Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Physician & Economist, Credentials for Health Care Reform

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Physician & Economist, Credentials for Health Care Reform

My credentials for Health Care Reform are that I am a physician (M.D.), an economist (B.A.), and a patient who has experienced both sides of the "white coat."

I'm non-partisan. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I have "no party affiliation."

Health care economics started for me when I was offered the opportunity to graduate with honors in economics at Northwestern University by taking an “honors class” on taxation. I decided to forgo graduating with honors to do independent study on Medical Economics, which was a life changing experience, deepened my interest in health care reform, and fueled my life-long passion for Health Care Economics. I subsequently graduated from Northwestern University and went on to medical school at the University of Illinois.

I have worked in Government run hospitals including Cook County Hospital (Chicago), West Side VA Hospital (Chicago), LA County Hospital (Los Angeles) and Detroit Receiving Hospital. I have also worked in about twenty private hospitals during medical school, residency, and as a practicing board-certified Emergency Physician.

I have had “too much” experience with Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans Administration and other programs over the years.

I have seen health insurance companies go bankrupt, seen the struggle by people to get re-insured, and have seen patients denied necessary medications by the Government and by the private insurance industry.

When working, my main job was the clinical practice of emergency medicine, quality assurance, and then the administrative management of emergency medicine. After studying the economics of emergency departments and urgent care centers, I also served as a consultant on such issues. In fact, did a consulting job for an Indiana hospital about the economics of starting urgent care centers in various geographic locations near the hospital.

When traveling the world, I have made it a point to study the various health care systems. I have toured medical facilities in Canada, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Philippines, Ukraine, and Singapore. In fact, I visited the Ministry of Health in Singapore to go over Medical Savings Accounts, which they instituted for the entire country.

Health care reform can be done right. Patients, doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals can be in charge. Patients can have the power and knowledge to stay healthy and get the best medical care in the world.

My conclusion is that a well-designed health-care system is more important to the health of a nation’s people than any single physician’s skill and knowledge will ever be.

I am currently writing "The People's Health Care Reform Plan."

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist
www.Facebook.com/Hennenfent
www.BradMD.com
www.BradMD.blogspot.com
Twitter.com/BradMD

Related References

1. Hennenfent BR: The economics of urological care in the 21st century. [letter] Urology. 1996 Feb;47(2):285-6.

2. Hennenfent BR and Rosenberg C. Medical Economics. A Thesis on the Maldistribution of Physicians. Senior Paper at Northwestern University. 1980. [No longer available.]

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Biography and Prostate-Related CV

Recently, I was asked to provide a biography and curriculum vitae related to prostate diseases by the leader of a prostate cancer support group. I provided the information below. The group is hoping that I will write a prostate cancer book for them and it does sound like a very interesting and worthwhile project.

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Biography and Prostate-Related CV

Bradley Hennenfent, MD, is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Medical School, and the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

He first became interested in the prostate when his Uncle Steve, who inspired him to attend medical school, died from his prostate cancer treatment in 1984.

As Dr. Hennenfent researched the prostate, he became increasingly dismayed by the drastic operations that men were being subjected to without an understanding of their consequences. He discovered that the methods of diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer were controversial, and that the published research was often substantially flawed.

Dr. Hennenfent became a men's health activist. He began doing original research. He founded the Internet newsgroups sci.med.prostate.cancer, sci.med.prostate.bph, and sci.med.prostate.prostatitis. He was also one of the original founders of the Internet “Prostate Problems Mailing List.” Together with his father, Mike Hennenfent, he co-founded the nonprofit Prostatitis Foundation (www.prostatitis.org), where almost a million men per year visit for help.

In 2005, Dr. Hennenfent’s book, “Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery,” was published and ended its first year of publication as a bestseller for Biblio Distribution.

Dr. Hennenfent has been published in the British Journal of Urology, the Digital Urology Journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Consultant, EMERGINDEX, Techniques in Urology, and the Journal of Pelvic Surgery. He also authored a monograph entitled “The Prostatitis Syndromes,” donating all proceeds to the non-profit Prostatitis Foundation.

Besides being a physician, Dr. Hennenfent is also an economist who believes that a well-designed health-care system is more important to the health of a nation's people than any single physician's skill and knowledge. He has traveled the world doing medical research and studying health-care delivery systems.

Dr. Hennenfent has delivered more than forty-five lectures at various hospitals. He owns a patent that enables less painful digital rectal examinations and prostatic massage.

He has spent time educating congress on the need for prostatitis research and has helped secure millions of dollars in federal funding for prostatitis research.

Dr. Hennenfent facilitates the local Prostate Cancer Support Group in his area.

Among the author's heroes are Jessica Mitford, whose book, The American Way of Death, exposed the funeral industry's financial exploitation of grieving relatives; Randy Shiltz, whose book, And the Band Played On, exposed the system's lack of response to the AIDS epidemic; and Hillary Johnson, author of Osler's Web: Inside the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic, which exposed another shameful response of the medical system to a major health issue.

Dr. Hennenfent is a fan of Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: The Manipulation of Public Opinion in America, the book by Michael Wheeler that first brought popular attention to how and why statistics are often misused; the hilarious How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff; and The Honest Truth about Lying with Statistics by Cooper B. Holmes.

Dr. Hennenfent writes, does medical research, and contributes to the non-profit Prostatitis Foundation. Someday, he hopes to open a clinical research center for prostate diseases and to organize a biomedical company to do research.

Studies:

Hennenfent BR and Feliciano Jr. AE: Changes in white blood cell counts in men undergoing thrice-weekly prostatic massage, microbial diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy for genitourinary complaints. British Journal of Urology. 1998 March;81(3):370-6.


Hennenfent BR and Feliciano Jr. AE: Clinical Remission of Chronic Refractory Pelvic Symptoms in Three Men. Digital Journal of Urology. 1998 July. http://www.duj.com/Article/Hennenfent1/Hennenfent.html


Hennenfent BR and Feliciano AN: Release of Obstructive Prostatic Disease and Improvement of Erectile Dysfunction by Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Antimicrobial Therapy. Digital Journal of Urology. 1998 October. http://www.duj.com/Article/Hennenfent2/Hennenfent2.html


Nickel JC, Downey J, Feliciano Jr. AE, and Hennenfent BR: Repetitive prostatic massage therapy for chronic refractory prostatitis: the Philippine experience. Techniques in Urology. 1999 September;5(3):146-51.


Hennenfent BR, Garcia BS, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Symptom Improvement and Transrectal Ultrasound-Documented Reduction of Prostate Size after Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Antimicrobial Therapy. Journal of Pelvic Surgery. 2002 September;8(5): 265-269.


Hennenfent BR, Lazarte AR, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Repetitive Prostatic Massage and Drug Therapy as an Alternative to Transurethral Resection of the Prostate. Medscape General Medicine. 2006 October;8(4):19.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/instance/1868377/


Hennenfent BR, de Vera E, and Feliciano Jr. AE: Symptom Remission And Improved WBC And RBC Counts In Men With Chronic Genitourinary Complaints Treated With Repetitive Prostatic Massage, Antimicrobials, and Medical Therapy. The Internet Journal of Urology. 2006;4(1).


Hennenfent BR and Hickman CJ: Patient-perceived Efficacy of Prostatic Massage as a Treatment Modality for Prostatitis, Prostatodynia, and BPH: An Exploratory Study. Infections in Urology, 2000;13(6):148-164.


Hennenfent BR: Prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia: emerging infectious diseases? Emerging Infectious Diseases. 1997 Jan-Mar;3(1):77-8.

Letters by Bradley Hennenfent, MD

Hennenfent, BR: Genitourinary consequences of radical prostatectomy. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2000 Jun 14;283(22):2932-3.


Hennenfent BR: Pathological staging and biochemical recurrence after neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy in combination with radical prostatectomy in clinically localized prostate cancer. British Journal of Urology. 1998 Jul;82(1):166.


Hennenfent BR: The economics of urological care in the 21st century. Urology. 1996 Feb;47(2):285-6.

Books by Dr. Hennenfent

Hennenfent, Bradley. The Prostatitis Syndromes: Approaches to Treating Bacterial Prostatitis, Non-Bacterial Prostatitis, Prostatodynia, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Sexual Dysfunction, Bashful Bladder Syndrome, Waking At Night to Urinate, And Possibly Preventing Prostate Cancer (First Edition). Normal, Illinois: The Prostatitis Foundation. May 4, 1996.


Hennenfent, Bradley. Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery. Roseville, Illinois: Roseville Books. January 15, 2005.


Hennenfent, Bradley. The Prostatitis Syndromes 2nd Edition. This book is nearing completion in 2010.
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