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User Info 2016: What Was And a Preview of 2017; entered at 2016-12-27 12:10:00
Yourapostasy
Posts: 42
Registered: 2008-10-06
As far as I can tell, there is nothing that prevents people from forming informal medical co-ops that privately source, manufacture and treat what they can among the membership, building up medical knowledge as they go along, accepting the inevitable fatal mistakes as the price of going down this path. Start with the knowledge in Where There is No Doctor and Where There is No Dentist, and build from there. There is no paper trail intersecting with various governments, regulatory agencies and professional bodies. It means a reversion of available medical technology, but at a drastically-reduced cost for citizens otherwise trapped and unable to use medical tourism. If I could get more frequent and inexpensive blood panels out of such an arrangement, I'd gladly participate. A properly operated and maintained gas chromatograph seems to be in the $100K acquisition and $20K p.a. operating expenses range, so with drone-based delivery and pickup of samples to reduce the number of people who know the lab location, plus darknet-delivered ordering and results reporting, perhaps 10K members paying $20 a year plus closer to $10 per blood panel over Bitcoin might cover operating costs. I'd learn how to draw my blood samples myself than pay $100+ per panel.

America is definitely not going to heed Karl's warnings over the medical cost catastrophe barreling down upon our heads. People are going to come up with adaptations to cope with the ever-deteriorating situation; best to start implementing them now. That grinding deterioration instead of a sudden slam into the pavement will contribute to increasing the frustration levels here and elsewhere that see the slow-motion train wreck happening, but are powerless to stop it.
2016-12-27 12:10:00