Our Healthcare System Is So Broken, Even Non-Profits Are Failing Us

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Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there has been an unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare industry. Giant medical corporations are investing in “vertical integration,” which basically means they own everything, including the hospitals, doctor’s practices, long term care centers, pharmacies, insurances (both public and private), and more. This gives corporations the power to have control over hospitals and health professionals. Their interest is a healthy bottom line, not the health of patients and communities. Non-profits are just as ruthless as the for-profits, and on top of that they don’t pay taxes. We speak with Dr. Anna Reed about the way this is playing out in Maryland and putting children and the poor at risk.

 

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Relevant articles and websites:

Patients Protest MedStar for Terminating Their Doctor without Cause by Bill Hughes

MedStar is a Non-Profit with For-Profit Policies; Closes Critical Programs

The US is Entering a Golden Age of Corporate Medicine by Adam Gaffney

StopMedStarDiscrmination.org

 

Guest:

Dr. Anna Reed is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Medicine and Children’s Memorial Hospital Pediatric Residency in Chicago, Illinois.  Upon graduating from residency, she worked in the Children’s Memorial Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a hospitalist and sedation attending until her family moved to Baltimore.  Here, she took a position as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

After four years at GBMC, she craved more patient continuity and worked in private practice for two years. There, her interest in childhood development and nutrition intensified. She is the former Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at MedStar Franklin Square where she evaluated patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Developmental Follow-Up Clinic. She also saw pediatric patients at the Franklin Square Family Health Center, and worked in the pediatric emergency room, inpatient unit, and nursery.

Dr. Reed organized the pediatric outpatient curriculum for the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine residency program and is committed to resident teaching.  She is actively involved in the Baltimore County Public Schools Health Council with a focus on nutrition as well as the Early Childhood Advisory Council to promote public awareness about the importance of early childhood health and development.  She is currently working on increasing autism screening in underserved communities.

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University 2013 – present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics October 2006 – present
  • Childhood Obesity Section Member
  • Developmental Pediatrics Section Member
  • Member, Academic Pediatric Association 2013 – present
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    The US is corporately owned and operated and has been for quite a while now. Their motto is Profit over People. The government uses our tax dollars to make us sick with subsidies to GMO mono-crops and pesticides by the ton, creating food-like substances that make the population sick so the medical industry can maximize its profits. Capitalism – Moneyism, will always put profit before people unless We the People take control over our government and get money out of elections. I see that happening right about the time pigs fly. They don’t give a rat’s ass about us or our children. Both parties have voted to give oligarchs billions in tax breaks as they cut Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

    Even when insurance does pay, it’s only for allopathic medicine, which uses pharmaceuticals and surgeries instead of true healing modalities like naturopathy. Medicare for all will support the same medical industry. Pharmaceutical medications with hideous side effects and ridiculous surgeries like installing metal blood-clot filters in veins. The medical industry is the third largest killer in America. Getting the government to pay for that system with our tax dollars won’t do anything to make us healthier. We need to subsidize local, organic farms and school/community gardens instead of giant mono-crop operations. Our entire food system needs to be revamped so the healthcare system won’t be overloaded with totally preventable “diseases.”