Monthly Archives: June 2007

Medicine and the Role of the Insurance Company

06/21/07

I continue to be astounded by insurance companies that consistently deny patients who are deserving the benefits due to them.

Yesterday, I saw a 39 year old individual who had been building bridges since age 18 and had sustained numerous accidents, had suffered multiple infections, fractures, and other serious injuries.

In 2004, he sustained fractures to the cervical spine and subsequently developed severe psoriasis over his entire dermis. An infection that occurred while draining a canal for rehabilitation purposes in 1997 led to his original psoriatic outbreak. There was no history of that disease on a genetic or other basis.

Following his cervical spine fracture, he developed a generalized outbreak of psoriasis which has become progressively more severe. Multiple therapies, including numerous topical applications, oral medications and a series of UV therapies failed to alleviate his symptoms.

I have considerable compassion for this type of patient who must incur massive expenses to attempt to find a cure, not supported by aid from the insurance carrier, WSIB , etc. Governments, unions, and other organizations extract premiums, voluntary or enforced on a continuing basis. These premiums appear to be utilized to benefit management primarily and unless the insured is sophisticated and retains proper legal counsel to pursue their rightful objectives, they are in many instances denied coverage.  

This patient requires therapy to the cervical and lumbar spine, in addition to the extensive psoriasis, a project not without cost and again, not supported by the insurer, which should be the case. The psoriasis can be attributed to either infections, stress, or presumably both. No one knows and if anyone has solutions, I would like to hear them.

At any rate, I have initiated a course of intensive Low Intensity Laser Therapy treatment for his problems and feel confident that he will be returned to the “land of the living” soon. He has not worked in about a year and wants to return as soon as possible. Without treatment this cannot happen!

This case once again illustrates one of my pet peeves i.e. the lack of support and treatment provided to the patient in order to obtain medical services to which they are be entitled. The government sustained by extensive lobbies and contributions from the insurance companies, does nothing to resolve these critical issues which adversely affect the lives of thousands of citizens. There is definitely a need for legislative change!

Laser Therapy Helps Avoid Amputation

06/7/07

The application of our technology continues to bring satisfaction to patients and staff alike. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to see a patient with a pre-gangrenous left foot, an extensive ulcer of the first toe and in a great deal of pain. She had seen seven specialists over two years and had undergone many hyperbaric chamber treatments which incidentally, I feel are always helpful but often difficult to obtain.

Last week, she had been told that her toe and possibly the foot might require amputation in the near future. After only two successive treatments, the patient is pain-free, the foot is warm and pink in colour and the ulcer is beginning to heal. Cases of this type indicate the tremendous need for the work that we are doing.

A recent article by Dr Gifford-Jones , a syndicated medical columnist, reaffirms the existence of the multitude of patients suffering from dermatological conditions, wounds and ulcers of various types, that have been resistant to conventional therapies over many years. In almost all instances after only a few treatment sessions utilizing laser therapy , the positive change is quite dramatic.

We continue to interface with many interested physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, etc, around the globe and provide educational opportunities for all who demonstrate interest. Currently, we are completing the topics and speaker's list for the seminar on October 27, which will focus on Laser Therapy in Sports Medicine and the Science of Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Meditech Update for June 2007

06/4/07

Meditech is pleased to appoint Bob Izsak as Senior Vice President of the company. Bob assumed his duties on April 16 and is already making his presence felt. His initial task is to evaluate the various departments in the company, i.e. clinical research and education, the therapeutic division, sales and marketing and engineering. He has already indicated that all require a constant sense of rededication, focus and the maintenance of a consistent level of function.

The company itself now has over fifty employees and this does not account for the manufacturing division under the auspices of RMF, which accounts for another twenty-five. Our particular concerns at this time are the maintenance of technical and clinical support for all BioFlex System users. The establishment of a new department to deal with these issues is contemplated at this time. Improvements in engineering, system function and education of the professionals and the public continue to be our main focus.

Events planned for the next four weeks consist of:

Evening Seminars

  • Vancouver, BC – June 7
  • Peterborough, ON – June 19
  • St Thomas, ON – June 21
  • Phoenix, AZ – June 21
  • Barrie, ON – June 25

Certification Training

  • Toronto, ON – Patient Training for Home Units – June 14
  • Toronto, ON – June 15-17
  • Toronto, ON – June 22-24

Trade Shows

 

Promoting Change Through Education

06/2/07

Last week in Edmonton, two seminars were conducted by Slava Kim and Mike Patterson. At one seminar, twenty-five therapists attended; at the other, fifteen. This coming weekend, June 1 and 2, we are hosting seminars at our facility in Toronto and another in Vancouver. Approximately fifteen attendees will be present at each of these meetings. Meditech finds these encounters rewarding, as do the attendees.

It certainly is a realization of our philosophy that much can be accomplished through education . Providing knowledge to the professional community permits us to disseminate knowledge to all sectors with the end result benefiting thousands and hopefully millions of patients who are not achieving relief through conventional methods.

Providing technology to larger groups of motivated therapists, we feel, will lead to advanced laser therapy system installations in an increasing number of clinics, hospitals, and other medical locations worldwide. Producing positive patient outcomes, replacing outmoded methodologies, and focusing on curing pathologies rather than symptom modulation is clearly the way of the future.