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Needless dis/ability and a flawed medical industry

Many of the challenges we face in workers’ compensation are the results of flawed processes and the wrong incentives — that drive certain behaviors — ultimately harming injured workers and society. There is a increasing awareness of need for change to a “biopsychosocial” approach for claims management.

Highly recommend the new documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” This is an engaging film which boldly confronts the fact that we do not have a health care system, rather a medical industry with profit-driven, rather than patient-driven care. It has played on CNN several times during the past month and is available on ITunes and as a DVD. Our health care costs are approaching 20% of our gross domestic product. We spend $300 billion on pharmaceutical drugs – almost as much as the rest of the world combined. 65% of Americans are overweight and 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society. It is inexcusable. Recommend anyone involved in medical issues (which includes all of us) to watch this film.

When you compound a sick medical care industry, with the challenges involved in litigation, the outcomes are not what we should be achieving.