Medical ‘Meltdown’ Imminent, Warns Top Doctor


WASHINGTON – The signs are everywhere of an imminent “catastrophic collapse” of the U.S. health-care system that will leave Americans clamoring for medical attention, medical supplies and hospital care, says the former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Lee Hieb, a practicing orthopedic surgeon and author of a new book called “Surviving the Medical Meltdown,” says the evidence is mounting that Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is making health care scarcer and that the worst is yet to come:  

  • Shortages of everyday medical supplies – from tetanus toxoid to thyroid, not to mention standard medical equipment – are everyday occurrences now in both urban and rural areas;
  • Wait time for routine specialty care is dramatically increasing;
  • There are not enough specialists to cover emergency-room calls;
  • Hospitals in inner cities and poorer rural regions around the country are closing their doors rather than face economic ruin; and
  • It is difficult in some areas to find a primary care physician, especially for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

“Catastrophic collapse due to a ‘doctor death spiral’ will occur when we drop below a critical number of practicing physicians,” Hieb predicts. “As our population ages, it requires more physician man-hours of medical care. But as our population ages, so too do our physicians. More than half of the surgeons who cover emergency rooms are over 50. And although they are some of the most productive physicians, they are being overloaded and overstressed, and are beginning to burn out. Many are retiring early; others are dramatically reducing their patient loads. Recent surveys suggest up to 60 percent of physicians are preparing to do one or the other within two years.”

Yet, the problems evident today, she says, represent the tip of the iceberg headed for the kind of medical care to which Americans have become accustomed.

“The one certainty? Things will be getting much worse because the current system is unsustainable – either in manpower or in dollars and cents,” she explains.

Hieb doesn’t spend a lot of time in her book explaining how Obamacare will lead to this tipping point. Instead, “Surviving the Medical Meltdown” is written to prepare Americans to make it through the coming crisis – from insurance issues, getting the most from your doctor’s visits, how to avoid unhealthy foods and toxins that can make you sick and stockpiling the most important medical supplies for yourself and your family.

The one place to which Hieb argues Americans should not look for medical help is the government.

“As the current medical system collapses of its own internal inconsistencies, people who have been conditioned to look to government for solutions will predictably look to the federal government for help,” she says. “And government being government will never ignore the chance of using a crisis to further its agenda of power and growth. But let’s look around us. How has government done in the fields of education, banking, the post office or the DMV?”

She answers her own question: “Single-source medical care is lousy. The longer such a system exists, the worse it becomes. By the time the Berlin Wall fell and we could peek into the world of Soviet medicine, for example, 57 percent of Soviet hospitals had no hot water, and 36 percent had no running water at all. There were dead cats lying in the hallways, and a legion of babies were exposed to HIV because needles were reused without sterilization.”

One of the first signs of collapse of the medical system, Hieb says, will be hospital closings. And that is already happening, as WND previously reported.

In 2013, 18 acute-care hospitals across the United States shut their doors in 2013. In 2014, at least 12 more hospitals closed in rural areas alone.

3 thoughts on “Medical ‘Meltdown’ Imminent, Warns Top Doctor

  1. Good. Maybe we’ll be able to get real healthcare again once this present corrupt system is out of the way.

    And on the subject of medicine and getting things out of the way, I’m starting to think mandatory vaccines will help get a lot of useless eaters out of the way. No one’s sticking me with a needle whether they’re mandatory or not, but there’s an opportunity here to get a lot of the TV-brainwashed fools who call the police on everyone out of the picture.

    I’ve lost my patience with these brainwashed morons. Go ahead. Line up for your Ebola vaccine, and then stay the hell away from me, because you’ll be contracting, and spreading Ebola soon enough, and it’ll be good to see you go.

  2. BULLETIN::::: Medicare and Medicaid are NOW STOPPING PEOPLES MEDICATIONS, stalling them so bad people are getting sicker. They are also taking GOOD MEDS off the Shelves and telling doctors and Pharmacies what they can put people on regardless of what they doctors request and prescribe.

    1. Maybe a related trend, MarkW, but I have noticed over the past ten years or so, a distinct change in over the counter meds and supplies which used to be available, but are no longer on the shelves. Many of them, such as tincture of iodine, are available only by special order from the pharmacist rather than being able to just pick a bottle off the shelves and pay for it.

      As well, the formulations of many OTC meds are changing. Many of them used to be effective, and have had certain ingredients removed, rendering them not as effective as before.

      Some of the simpler, old fashioned OTC meds which contain natural/herbal ingredients (these are often listed as the “inactive” ingredients but they are actually active) have had some of those ingredients removed. The products are not the same. And I would hardly call them “improved.”

      To the knowledgeable customer, you are still able to find some of these products over the internet. Or, try veterinary supplies (again, you need to know what you are doing, but there are effective veterinary meds which can be used for people).

      Herbal medicine and good nutrition are the way to go. Grow these herbs yourself and learn to identify them in the wild and how to use them. Even if they are banned by the FDA (like comfrey for internal use) you can grow it and use it.

      And don’t be scared. Don’t be dependent on your doctors or pharmaceutical meds.

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