Thursday, July 21, 2011
"Fair Trade"... "Fair Deal"... We are all looking to be treated properly, with respect, and to be able to trust whoever we do business with. In short, we fairness. That's bottom line. Hopefully, on top of that fairness is quality... results... even excellence.
Do you get these things in your health care? Come on, be honest! When you are being examined or treated in your doctor's office or in the hospital, are you seen as YOU, or just a "gall bladder," or a case of diabetes or migraines or depression, ready to be doctored in a cookbook fashion? Don't know what I mean? Well, the gall bladder person goes to the general surgeon, to get that "unnecessary*" organ removed.Diabetic? You get the latest diabetes drug, until that one, too, is pulled off the market. (You might look up Avandia.) You suffer from migraines? No, they won't figure out that YOUR HEAD IS ATTACHED TO YOUR NECK. You will get the seventh or eight drug "to try." (And they call this "science?") You're depressed? You get the next greatly advertised anti-depressant, and if they didn't work, you move on to anti-psychotics. (Yes, Amblify is an anti-psychotic drug.) You are not you in that medical office. You are your diagnosis. And what if your diagnosis is wrong?
Who's paying the bill? If it's the insurance company, Medicare or Kaiser, it is the "bean-counters" who determine what kind of care you get, NOT your doctor. As the old saying goes, "He who pays the piper call the tune."
It is this lack of shoulder-to-shoulder trade that has allowed medical costs to skyrocket beyond all reason. Why? "It's nobody's money," while our whole society is going broke. Take the cost of a hospital bed, one night. $2500,. maybe $3000, for just the bed and the three meals of dog food. No doctor visits, no drugs, no tests, no procedures. Just the bed and the food. YOU WOULDN'T PAY THAT KIND OF MONEY FOR A NIGHT IN A HOSPITAL. Just think what kind of magnificent hotel suite in some exotic location, what fine food, $3000 a night would buy. But "it's nobody's money." Just like when you get the hospital bill, and you're charged for drugs you didn't take. Fair trade? I think not.
Go to a chiropractor "on your list," and what do you get? No exam, no X-ray, no scans, and 3-6 visits, which will not allow change in anyone. You will end up saying "I tried Chiropractic but it didn't work." No, what you got wasn't Chiropractic. It was third-rate physical medicine, doled out by faceless bureaucrats. You didn't get well. Maybe you didn't pay anything, or only $5 a visit. In the end, you got squat. No fair trade here.
In my book, the first item in fair trade, fair business, is clarity! When you come to my office, it is made 1000% clear what Chiropractic is, and is not, how the body really works, the tragedy of Vertebral Subluxation Complex, and what the adjustment does for you. You are examined, nerve scanned, X-rayed and analyzed. Then you are presented with a Report of Findings. You get your INDIVIDUAL findings (I've heard of some chiropractors who do group reports... Is that like group therapy?) You are explained how you got to your current state of lack of health, and what needs to be done to get you on the Path to Health. Laid out for you is your individual schedule, and exactly how much your Initial Intensive Care should cost. Clarity. Fair Trade.
Costs? Everyone is worried about that, especially these days. Instead of the usual, non-committal "let's try a couple visits for a couple of weeks" (guaranteed failure), you get to know the whole story, time and money, up front... second visit...Report of Findings. (EVERYONE has a schedule according to his or her needs.) Fair trade. Then you get two options. (1) You get a nice discount for pre-paying for care, higher for families. Currently, you get extra off. Ask about our "Fire Sale." (2) You pay full price, 12 visits at a time, in advance. Why? This... chiropractic care... is a process, by which years, decades of Vertebral Subluxation Complex, layer upon layer, is unraveled, to allow you greater expression of life. I do not have people pay day by day, because that involves a buying decision, day by day. When that happens, people tend to look upon that day's adjustment as an aspirin. Visits get spread out and peter out. Failure. Paying a little for something that cannot work is not a deal. I am here for the success of your chiropractic care. I do, I agree to and ask you to agree to what works... nothing more, nothing less. Fair trade.
You can't get any clearer than that!
Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate
* Who ever thought of the concept of "unnecessary organs?" Some organs we can live without, but when we do, we live less well, less healthily.
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