Nanny On Your Shoulder
Thanks to my roommate for the title of this post.
San Antonio, Texas is the next place to start making the monitoring of Diabetics the city’s business as well as the patient and doctor. Following in New York City’s footsteps, the San Antonio Metro Health District will run a pilot program consisting of about 50,000 diabetics for 18 months, THEN in September of 2009 they will present their findings to the state legislature who may then choose to mandate this program statewide if it proves successful.
From Junkfood Science:
First it’s a scarlet D, then O, H, C…
Did you hear that San Antonio Metro Health District has decided to create a surveillance program of the lab results on its residents to identify diabetics who aren’t keeping their indices to government-approved levels? Health officials there are initiating a program to make it mandatory that all laboratories electronically turn over hemoglobin A1c results (along with the people’s names, addresses and dates of birth) to its government agency for a database of diabetics.
Vermedx is already laying the groundwork for monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, health literacy, etc. and working to lay the plans for national public health surveillance of those with chronic diseases.
Read the FULL STORY here.
What I want to know is are the patients being told this up front? Are they being asked to sign a consent form to this kind of surveillance?
And the San Antonio Business Journal posted this on May 12th, and according to the article the program rolls out in MAY. Gee, nice warning eh?
San Antonio’s pilot program is starting in May and will run over the next 18 months. It will involve at least 50,000 active diabetic patients and four major testing labs. Metro Health will present a detailed summary of the pilot program to the Texas Legislature in September 2009. If the pilot program is successful, state lawmakers may consider similar programs in other major Texas metropolitan areas.
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How any free thinking person can think this is a great idea is beyond me. Seriously, MY healthcare is between me and my doctor. I’ll be damned if I need a city or state nanny hovering over my shoulder and deciding what my proper blood sugar level is supposed to be.
Seriously, considering how they lowered the BMI to create the obesity epidemic (overnight 30 million people became obese) and lowered the cholesterol levels do you honestly think they will know what everyone’s blood sugar is supposed to be? There is NO room for individuality in this. The 3rd party is creating a ‘one size fits all’ acceptable level and God/Goddess help you if you are one of those people who don’t fit the norm. AND don’t think for one moment they won’t threaten you into compliance IF you happen to be receiving any kind of assistance from the city or state.
I can’t believe this is happening and everyone is just sitting back and going “oh that’s a good idea”………………..WAKE UP!!!! Take back YOUR life.