Michael Jackson: Proof of a failed health care system?

While cardiologist Conrad Murray goes missing in action, authorities say the doctor, is not a criminal suspect.

“Craig Harvey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner, said there were no signs of foul play in the autopsy and further tests would be needed to determine cause of death. He said Jackson was taking some unspecified prescription medication but gave few other details.”

“We do not consider him to be uncooperative at this time,” Beck said. “We think that he will assist us in coming to the truth of the facts in this case.”-Huffington Post

Still you have to wonder, with Michael Jackson taking the precaution of having a live-in doctor, why is it that Brian Oxman thought this was bound to happen?

“I said one day we’re going to have this experience. And when Anna Nicole Smith passed away, I said we cannot have this kind of thing with Michael Jackson,” Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and family friend, told NBC’s “Today” show. “The result was I warned everyone, and lo and behold, here we are. I don’t know what caused his death. But I feared this day, and here we are.”

Oxman claimed Jackson had prescription drugs at his disposal to help with pain suffered when he broke his leg after he fell off a stage and for broken vertebrae in his back.”-Huffington Post

Rumor has it that Michael Jackson was using the pain killer Demerol.

“The government warns that mixing it with certain other drugs can lead to reactions including slowed or stopped breathing, shock and cardiac arrest.”-Huffington Post

I know all to well how easy it is to trust that a doctor is looking out for you. When you have someone writing you prescriptions, you trust that they know what’s best. Someone like Michael Jackson probably never even thought about reading the warning labels on his medications. Why would he when he had his own live in doctor? I have to wonder if this doctor even considered his mental health, another problem with the health care industry. You would never have a psychologist sit down with the family doctor and discuss whether it’s safe to prescribe pain killers, and yet that’s the kind of health care I wish we had. Of course most people know MJ’s mental health is at least in question.  I think his doctor should have  thought twice about giving him pain killers but because this is a business, I’m sure most doctors in this position would do what they thought they needed to do to keep their job.  Enzymes could have been a great alternative to pain killers, which would have helped with pain, healing and inflammation.   It’s also nearly impossible to take too many. Not only that, his cardiovascular health would have improved! With such a simple solution, why was Michael’s health put in jeopardy?

For myself, I’ll still never forget being prescribed Sulfasalazine. I got the ok from both my gynecologist and rheumatologist that Sulfasalazine would not interfere with birth control pills, later to find that they do interfere with each other. So what does this mean? Do we have a failed health care system?

In my opinion, we absolutely do. Too many times have doctors failed me, and other people. How can a health care system work if it relies on profit? Healthy people are not profitable, and that’s just plain and simple. Cures are not profitable when there are many more medications that can manage a disease. I’m not saying that scientists aren’t searching for cures, but at the same time, I can’t trust a health care system that isn’t meant for everyone.

So yes, in my opinion I think that Michael Jackson’s doctor did fail him. Prescriptions shouldn’t be taken lightly and they shouldn’t be handed out like candy. You shouldn’t have to research your medications because you’re afraid your prescriptions aren’t compatible. You SHOULD be able to simply trust your doctor that he really knows what’s best for you. I hope that one day I’ll feel that way about doctors, that I can trust them fully and completely. And I hope one day I can trust my health insurance company (when I have one again) that they’re not going to drop my coverage if I forget to write that I was treated for acne as a child…..(and that was taken from a true story about a woman who got cancer but the insurance dropped her coverage because she failed to report her childhood acne prescriptions.) Life is short and without the best medical care, it can become even shorter.

Michael Jackson, your music was powerful and your talent, unforgettable. Rest in peace.

And for those of you that loved his music, here’s my favorite song, “It’s the Falling in Love”. I tried to find a better video that really represented this song…but this was the best I could find:

One Response

  1. Great song and great blog! =) Life is short!

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