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Letter: Over-regulation burdens health care

A pioneering drug developed to combat a disfiguring

A pioneering drug developed to combat a disfiguring hand disorder has moved a critical step forward in the federal regulatory process to treat a painful condition known as frozen shoulder. Credit: iStock

He put up a gallant fight ["Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums," News, June 20]. In the end, however the burden was more than he could handle. He was once considered the best. Slowly, bits and pieces were pecked away from him. Yes, I'm talking about health care in the United States.

Over the past several years, health care has been under attack. We hear about cost constraints, quality improvement and many other catchphrases. Unfortunately, all of these are euphemisms for overregulation. We now have "core measures" and "meaningful use." The paperwork burden placed on health care teams is astounding.

Electronic medical records have become the latest nail in the coffin. When a physician spends time entering orders in a computer rather than with the patient, it leads to extra testing and poorer care. You would never expect a pilot to leave the cockpit to serve drinks, yet in health care, physicians have been relegated to clerical duty.

No one advocates more for the patient than physicians. We fight the insurance companies for tests that are necessary. We fight the government for our patients. Yet we are often made to appear as villains.

The system is collapsing under the weight of regulation. We are in the midst of destroying what once was great.

Dr. Vlassi Baktidy, Manhasset