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Thursday, December 15, 2005
Here is a pretty stupid story from MSNBC about testimony from advocates for the creation of an Office of Men's Health in the federal government. Here is some of the opening testimony that was the lead into the story:
Alright... pretty simple story. Moron never went to the doctor, and started having health problems. Moron finally goes to the doctor and gets help from specialists. Problem solved. But of course, that's never enough. What can the government do about it?
Here's what I don't understand. What is this going to do to change things one iota? There are already plenty of information available about the need to be screened regularly for different conditions. There are public service announcements, private foundations, and drugs ads galore. The problem is that a lot of men simply don't go to the doctor as they should. More importantly, your doctor is where you are going to get the best information for you. So... how is this office going to solve the one real problem that was pinpointed? Unless they are going to start rounding people up in vans, and sending them to the doctor against their will... nothing that office does will solve the problem.
Frankly, I don't see the problem. People need to take responsibility for their own health and welfare. If you can't get yourself to a doctor for a physical now and then, and you miss something that could have been treated if caught early... then I'm sorry to sound crass, but you might just deserve your fate.
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