The secret Corporations driving up healthcare costs, causing drug shortages and preventing Innovations with Philip Zweig CHPodcast Ep. 21

Phillip Zweig joins us to talk about the secretive, massive, and corrupt Group Purchasing Organizations that drive up healthcare costs, decrease medical innovations and cause critical drug shortages in the United States.

http://www.philliplzweig.com

Phillip Zweig is an award winning financial journalist who is now the Executive Director of Physicians Against Drug shortages, which is a grass root group of physicians and other healthcare professionals working to end  drug shortages in America by lobbying Congress to repeal the 1987 Medicare anti-kickback “safe harbor” provision. This ill-considered statute exempted GPOs from criminal prosecution for taking vendor kickbacks and undermined competition in the generic drug/ healthcare supplies industry.

Phil’s White Paper on Group Purchasing Organizations:

https://careandcost.com/2012/02/14/connecting-the-dots-how-anticompetitive-contracting-practices-kickbacks-and-self-dealing-by-hospital-group-purchasing-organizations-gpos-caused-the-u-s-drug-shortage/ 

Physicians Against Drug Shortages

https://www.physiciansagainstdrugshortages.com

Saline Solution shortage in America

https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/phillip-zweig-legalized-kickbacks-healthcare/

Phil recommends that if you want to stop the Pay-for-play scheme that the Group Purchasing Organizations are operating then call or email your Congress Person and let them know you support repealing the 1987 Medicare Anti-Kickback “Safe Harbor” Provision for GSO’s.  I exercise my health freedom by using Kratom to manage my chronic pain. The only Kratom I trust comes from https://naturalorganix.com

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Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

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Fixing healthcare with Blockchain tech Dr. Leah Houston

Dr. Leah Houston is our guest today. She is currently an Emergency Room doctor and co-founder of a company that’s applying blockchain technology to help fix healthcare.

https://chronicallyhumanpodcast.castos.com/podcasts/1284/episodes/fixing-healthcare-with-blockchain-tech-with-dr-leah-houston

She is co-founder of Hepac.io which is a tech company that helps doctors to create self-sovereign identies on the blockchain. This helps to reduce costs, prevent fraud and put the control of a doctor’s identity back into their hands.

We discuss why centralization of healthcare is a threat to everyone’s privacy and pockebook and how decetnralization can put the power back into the hands of the people. 

Dr. Houston and I discuss the history of Bitcoin, what is the blockchain, what are self-sovereign identities and how these technologies can cut healthcare costs, increase access and improve outcomes. 

We also talk about the problem with third party payers and how along with burdensome regulations are causing doctors to burn out, quit their practices or even commit suicide. 

Dr. Houston also relates why there is a doctor shortage and what can be done to fix it.

She belives that decentralization is one of the keys to fixing the healthcare sytem and helping to empower the individual to choose for themeslves how they improve their health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about her private pracrice and her Blockchain Healthcare company HPEC.io below:

http://leahhoustonmd.com

https://hpec.io

Dr. Houston has also contributed a chapter in the first text book ever on blockchain tech in healthcare. She wrote the chapter on self-sovereign identities.

https://www.crcpress.com/Blockchain-in-Healthcare-Innovations-that-Empower-Patients-Connect-Professionals/Dhillon-Bass-Hooper-Metcalf-Cahana/p/book/9780367031084

You can follow Dr. Houston on Twitter

@LeahHoustonMD

@HEPCODAO

We also discussed the fact that the Practicing Physicians of America are suing over what they say is unfair practicies against the American Board of Internal Medicne which is restricting their right to practice medicine. Consider giving to help doctors fight back against unnecessary and expensive regulations that end up incresing costs and not improving outcomes. 

Practicing Physicians of America GoFundMe page – 

https://www.gofundme.com/practicing-physicians-of-america

I’m grateful for Dr. Leah Houston for her time today and her work using blockchain technology to help decentralize healthcare and her work to promote more freedom and less top down regulation from both public and private entites who control many of our healthcare choices. 

On The Chronically Human Podcast we advocate for Medical Freedom. That is simply your individual inherent right and the inherent responsibilty to choose for yourself how you improve your health and wellbeing.

Thanks for listening.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast