An Immodest Proposal to Save Canada's Medicare
What if there was a simple, effective way to drastically reduce the costs of Canada's Medicare program? There is. It's called hypnosis.
- Lower the number of patients
- Shorten hospital stays
- Reduce the amount of prescribed medications
Hypnosis, or more precisely, hypnotherapy is an ideal complement to medical care. Here are some of the ways in which it could drastically reduce visits to family doctors, emergency rooms and hospitals:
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Reduce anxiety (including panic attacks)
- Compliance with prescribed meds
- Reduce stress (and therefore heart attacks etc)
- Encourage exercise
- Change eating habits
- End phobias of needles and MRIs
For example, a study conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that when women participated in a hypnosis session before breast surgery, experienced less nausea and required less pain medication than the control group. Patients in the hypnosis group also cost the hospital $772 less.
What a doctor or nurse says to her patients carries a powerful impact. When medical professionals learn how to talk in a positively hypnotic manner to patients:
- Conversations will be quicker, thus saving the health care people time.
- Patients will better absorb information about their prognosis.
- Pre-operation hypnotic explanations will reduce patients' anxiety.
- Patient anxiety and blood pressure will be significantly reduced.
- Patients will be more compliant.
- Nurses and doctors will be less stressed, and
- Most of all, patients will recover faster.
Hypnotic Self-help for Patients and Staff
Patients who are taught simple self-help hypnotic techniques will have less need for medical aid and hospitalizations.
Similarly, doctors and nurses who use hypnosis to relax themselves, to handle stress on the job, to deal with difficult patients and colleagues, will be more efficient. Thus time will be saved, less overtime required and staff will enjoy their work more.
Of course, many medical people and patients will first need dehypnosis.
How To Implement This Safe, Simple Solution
Fifteen years ago while I was recovering from an 8-bypass operation I listened to a hypnotic recording created by a colleague. The Head Nurse told my wife "I don't know what he's listening to, but everyone should have one." Sadly, the Head Nurse never followed up.
But now, as the health care crisis heats up in Canada and we can look forward to either the collapse of a Medicare overburdened with elderly people, or increases in taxes on an already heavily-taxed population surely the time has come to apply the safe process of hypnotherapy to the sick vehicle of social medicine.
An easy way to train doctors, nurses and the public at large in the easy-to-learn hypnotic techniques that could revolutionise health care in Canada would be to ask hypnotherapists across this great country to put on free workshops in hospitals and clinics.
A second tactic would be to teach high school students (the medical professionals and patients of the future) the benefits of lowering their own stress levels and building healthy habits with self-hypnosis.
The Internet is awash with hypnotic MP3s, DVDs, ebooks and CDs, many of them free. This is the 21st century way for patients and health care providers to enjoy self-hypnosis -- and therefore better physical and mental health.
All it would take for students, nurses and doctors is one hour to acquire hypnotic self-help techniques that would last a life-time.
Here are a few of the scientific probes into the effectiveness of medical hypnosis:
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