How Doctors are Bribed To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
The incidence of dementia is about to rise exponentially now that British doctors are being paid a large bonus every time they diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve told everyone I know to be on their toes when visiting their doctor. Too much hesitation and not enough blind certainty could well lead to an inconvenient diagnosis and a place of your own on the Involuntary Euthanasia Waiting List.
Medical journalists in the UK claim that this is the first time doctors have been paid to make a specific diagnosis but, as usual, they’re wrong. British doctors have for years been given cash bonuses for diagnosing a wide range of disorders – including asthma, diabetes, heart disease and that artificial diagnostic confection known as ‘COPD’.
It is, therefore, no surprise to discover that (officially at least) all these diseases are becoming commoner by the week.
Moreover, patients (and relatives) must take care to ensure that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is not made when the real diagnosis should be the eminently treatable conditions of vitamin B12 deficiency or normal pressure hydrocephalus. Normal pressure hydrocephalus is dramatically underdiagnosed and is, I suspect, far commoner than most doctors believe. Doctors do not receive a fee for diagnosing normal pressure hydrocephalus or vitamin B12 – both of which commonly occur and both of which are curable but neither of which makes vast sums of money for drug companies.
Taken from Dementia Myth by Vernon Coleman – published as an eBook and a paperback on Amazon.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2019