Rise in infectious / parasitic disease health care spending

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   Posted 4/16/2018 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
As a "side-line" (when not trying to address the rampant issue of Lyme in my family), I'm an economist, with a 30+ year involvement in helping health systems work better.
[Sidebar: to my horror, I've discovered a massive disconnect between the beautiful rhetoric we've used for 15 or so years and reality - terms like "patient- & family-centred care" and "evidence-based care" "outcome-based care" "accountability"....but I digress]

I came upon this the other day, which I feel shows so much about the need for enhanced attention to what we're all dealing with! It's data from "US Health Care Satellite Accounts 2000-2014" which, among other things, shows health care spending in different ways --- in this case by disease.

The second diagram in the link I've attached illustrates the % increase in health spending, by disease, for the ONE-YEAR period from 2013 to 2014 (so before the 2016 Zika spending).

HIGHEST percentage increase at 19.6% is for infectious and parasitic diseases!!!! Across all health care spending. That tsunami is building.

I suspect it's the same up here in Canada - except, based on my family's experience, the diagnoses of infectious disease wouldn't get made or reported in any records --- so statistics would be misleading and spending would show up in some other category.


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   Posted 4/16/2018 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll add "Population Control"
Tried abx and iv abx for 2 yrs, now trying herbs; Chronic Tonic (bottled) CSA formula, JK, Houttunia, Andrographis, Cats Claw, Oil of Oregano
Sx Aug '13-
Extreme fatigue, dizziness, head pressure, 1 seizure, ringing ears, crawling sensations everywhere, throat pain, groin pain, very cold hands/feet, joint pain, sole pain, body/muscle spasms, teeth/gum pain, constipation, depression, panic attacks

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   Posted 4/16/2018 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if my case is on the 'books' as lyme.

My GP has charted on it when she's been adding information to the computer.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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