Medical-Industrial Complex

Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers - Dr. Benjamin Rush 1787 (Founding Father, signer of the Declaration of Independence)

Medical-Industrial Complex

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The Medical-Industrial Complex

Dwight Eisenhower addressed the nation for the last time as president on January 17, 1961. It got me thinking about what he might say if he were leaving office today, at a time when healthcare is one of the greatest concerns rather than the Cold War. What follows is his original speech, mostly verbatim, to which I have made a few additions and changes in order to shift the focus to healthcare. 

"This conjunction of an immense medical establishment and a large healthcare industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need…

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