Lyme disease legislation adds to quality health care
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12:30 AM
It is encouraging that Pennsylvania is considering Lyme and related tick-borne disease education, prevention and treatment legislation.
As a psychiatrist, I work with late-stage Lyme patients and have treated thousands of well-documented cases of Lyme and tick-borne diseases that could have been avoided by earlier and more effective intervention.
Unfortunately, this epidemic is exacerbated by a highly restrictive approach and misinformation propagated by a small but highly influential group of individuals who appear to lack vision or have competing interests and deny the full breadth and depth of this epidemic.
There are many forward thinking, highly motivated and compassionate physicians who recognize the seriousness of this epidemic.
Their freedom to help their patients with their best clinical judgment and a fair and balanced review of the medical literature should not be hampered.
Until this problem is corrected, the physicians in surrounding states cannot compensate for deficiencies in the current Pennsylvania health care system.
Hippocrates and Sir William Osler, the father of American medicine, have always emphasized the value of listening carefully to the patient, using our best clinical judgment, individualizing the treatment plan and avoiding influences from third parties that compromise quality of care.
We who follow this approach are the mainstream of traditional medicine.
The Legislature should support SB 1199 to protect quality health care for current and future generations.
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ROBERT C. BRANSFIELD MD
and Associated Diseases Society