What’s in a Name Could be Very Telling…

I’ve always wondered about the term “disease management”. I mean, not for nothing, BUT if I had a “disease” I wouldn’t want my disease “managed”…………..I’d want it cured, remedied, dealt with. Managing it is MY responsibility only and IF I require some assistance from the doctor in doing so, that is still MY responsibility.

I hear “disease management” and figure the researchers and doctors no longer want to find an actual cause that would lead them to really helping/curing you; but instead want the easy way out……….just “manage” the disease so you have the least discomfort to deal with. OH, and by the way, this management will require regular visits to your doctor complete with tests more than once a year I’m sure.

Well, I read today that “disease management” has a NEW name. Population Health Management. I don’t know about you, but THAT scares me. THAT tells me this not about helping any individuals deal with and manage their illnesses; but is indeed about getting (as in making/forcing/bullying/etc) everyone to do exactly as they are told to do, whether they like it or not.

A telling name change

It was a quiet little press release that received very little notice, but told a much larger story. The Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. media company which publishes 60 journals for various health-related groups — from obesity management to genetic engineering — announced last week that Disease Management, the publication of the Disease Management Association of America: The Care Continuum Alliance, was being changed to Population Health Management.


“Although disease management will continue to be a critical component of population health improvement,” said Liebert media spokesperson Vicki Cohn, other things are required to address health care quality, access and outcomes on a population level. Those include “resource management, clinical guidelines, compliance strategies, information technology, and health economics.” Future issues will focus on reengineering clinical processes, provider incentives, quality and return on investments, she said.

© 2008 Sandy Szwarc

You really MUST read the FULL STORY here.

Some key words and phrases stuck out for me in all this, and they should make you at least stop and think a bit:

compliance strategies

increasing awareness of health risks associated with certain personal behaviors and lifestyles

health management and education focused on prevention and behavioral modification; and

Unfortunately, there are control freaks in this world who are just miserable because they can’t function without someone micromanaging them, so they want to do the same to everyone else.

If I could find a way to survive OFF the grid…………….I would in a heartbeat!

THIS is just the beginning and it’s happening right here in a nation that was founded as a Republic and is rapidly looking more and more like a totalitarian/socialist nation!


~ by swfreedomlover on September 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “What’s in a Name Could be Very Telling…”

  1. You nailed it. This is the universal healthcare they’re setting up for us. People won’t wake up and realize what it’s really about until it’s too late. They think it means free stuff.

  2. What’s worse is these brainless people don’t ask how such health insurance coverage would be funded. They think the money will just magically appear? Or perhaps they think it would be perfectly acceptable to extort even more taxes out of the minority of smokers to pay for everyone’s health coverage? And let’s not forget the obese people………..tax them too.

    What a rude awakening they are in for when they discover it is their own personal income taxes (which is basically illegal to start with) that will be paying for this. Then they’ll feel justified in telling other they must conform to all the rules and restrictions since they are paying for the coverage.

    Of course, once those rules and restrictions hit on something personal in their behavior and/or lifestyle they MIGHT see what we are talking about. Unfortunately by then it will be too late!!

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