Quote from Lenin:They'd rather look at their ever-fluctuating mercury level, puff the bulb a few times and exclaim..."Aha, you need Norvasc!"
Medicare, and Health Insurance Companies, pull the treatment strings. If Medicare, or Health Insurance, covers it, doctors will use it. For instance, there is a great, new heart diagnostic called Impedance Cardiography (ICG). It connects to you just like an EKG and provides details about how well the heart is functioning (at that time). The only other method as accurate as the ICG is a cardiac catherization, which is invasive.
Wouldn't it be great if many more patients, who worry about the functioning of their hearts, could get an "insurance covered" ICG and 24 hour monitor of their blood pressure and then get effective treatment based on the results. It sure would be great, but don't hold your breath! Health care is not based on need it is based on Health Insurance finances and procedures.
Medicare, and most insurance companies, cover the ICG for chronic hypertension and chronic heart disease and not for regular cardiac diagnostic use. I'd be willing to bet that Medicare, and most insurance companies, only cover 24 hours BP monitors for patients who have already been determined to have persistent hypertension. Well...... one of the best methods for finding out if someone has persistent hypertension would be to put him on a 24 hour BP monitor for a few days.
So, in essence Medicare, and insurance company regulations prevent proper diagnoses of persistent hypertension, and by doing so, they don't have to cover various diagnostic procedures which can be more beneficial to the patient.
Top this off with the misfortune of having a bad doctor, and the patient is really in for a long time of paying big bucks for misdiagnosis, stress, anxiety and misery.