This stigmatization did not happen by accident, it was profitable for the insurance, pharma and medical industries. The false narrative about “unnecessary imaging for low back pain” is another misleading false narrative meant to blame patients. There are plenty of cases, where this “unspecific low back pain” was cancer or a serious injury. In other countries, an MRI costs about 70$, here in the US, it is thousands.
Health Data told us there would be even more chronic pain as the population aged. Clever industry insiders, ensured that workplace injuries, ergonomics, and aging blue collar workers would not be counted or studied. They made sure that no agency would track any of this, that way they could create a culture of blame and denial. The corporations that profited from all of this, whether it was the insurance denials, pharma, or the medical industry all spread these lies and propaganda.
The FDA hid thousands of defective device reports, to protect the industry. These medical devices were sold in the ER, while patients were on the table. When these patients reported adverse events, they were shut down and blamed, if the defective devices caused pain. They secretly removed thousands of defective devices from surviving patients. The number of deaths, infections, and adverse events, from these defective devices were hidden, to protect industry profits. Patients who went through multiple surgeries, infections and years of pain, had to be silenced. That was if they survived. They performed these surgeries on nursing home residents, after all Medicare paid for it all. A corrupt Congress, and their industry lobbyists made sure that Medicare could not collect the data. Physician lobbyists made sure that none of this data could be collected in the EHR, or by any agency.
These corrupt industries even paid psychologists to how the patients were to blame, when they reported pain. All they had to do was create doubt, and blame the patients mindset or lifestyle choices. They created lots of biased research, and even made up words, like “catastrophization.” A patient describing pain to a physician could now be told they were catastrophizing, which was worse than the reported pain.
This is a product of corrupt For Profit Healthcare, and unregulated capitalism. They turned a public health issue into a profit generating scheme, because it was profitable. In a nation full of alternate facts, lies and propaganda, they had to create a a scapegoat for the Epidemic of Despair. Sick people are a great scapegoat. The FTC no longer regulates deceptive health advertising and desperate people in pain were good targeted marketing. They sold everything from spine surgery, alternative medicine, off label pharmaceuticals, and prayer. TV doctors sell ointments on late night TV, while the daytime TV shows peddle false cures. The suicides continue to spike upwards, while the word pain is censored. Industry funded psychologists, claimed that just mentioning pain to a physician would make it worse.
Ar least it was profitable! We just don’t count the dead!
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