Virginia Thornley, M.D., Neurologist, Epileptologist
June 23, 2018
Sometime in the not too distant future, I come up to the front desk otherwise known as the receiving hub. I place my face on the pad where a laser scans the back of my retinas to pull up my information. As my information data is retrieved from the master chip after a few seconds.
As my records are processed through the data processing machine I sit in the laboratory seat where Robot series 2000 comes out. A new model replaces it in a week. It places sensors on my arm where I am punctured with 100% accuracy and automatically the results are processed in a series of pings. Series 2000 informs me in a prerecorded voice “your health care coordinator will be with you in a second.” It beeps while it takes my data from my wearable technology recording my heart rate, rhythm, respiratory rates and blood pressure.
I wait 5 seconds, irritated. This service is unacceptable I will be automating my complaint to the information receiving center. The health care coordinator comes, a new artificial intelligence device telling me everything is good projecting my data in the air with green lighting so I can see. “There are no neoplastic processes. You may continue your genetic treatments,” it says.
Medical cannabis farms quickly skyrocket in value once it is legalized. The people of the land quickly find its amazing ability to cure everything. This is truly a miracle drug everybody has not anticipated, hidden for so many years under stigma and downplay. It quickly develops its potential eradicating seizures, headaches, chronic pain, ADHD, autism, psychosis, inflammation, spasms and at high doses even cures cancer. Those who were able to get a license before the usual regulatory parties come in quickly become billionaires. Farm owners have an increasingly difficult time obtaining licenses to open a nursery as bureaucracy and the exorbitant fees weigh down the application process.
However, chagrined and panicked, business ranks cannot deal with this. Genetic treatments are quickly advertised as the foremost treatment which nobody can afford. Premiums are now $5500 per person before insurance kicks in. Medical marijuana is once again run out of business and once again placed under prohibition for the next 100 years until the next wave of revolutionists rescue it from its slumber.
Disenchanted by the changes in medicine, some doctors start to retire by age 35. The smart ones strike gold when bitcoin and ethereum blow up, as investors cash in. Inital coin offerings have exploded into a huge business. Disenfranchised doctors sick of the way healthcare has turned for the worse open real estate empires or wellness businesses. Physicians are being stealthily accused of having slips in care in order to be placed on the chopping block.
By 2022, extenders assume 75% of healthcare authority and no longer require supervision by law. They take care of patients and are therefore, called doctors but because they are not medical doctors they are immune from liability. Back in 2018, they had comprised 25% of healthcare workers in rural counties. They are a huge boon to the corporates because they are paid half the wages of doctors but do essentially the same thing with less training. It’s a win-win situation for corporate greed and extenders who want autonomy without having to pay the price.
These are the new doctor practitioners. The terminology is a bit confusing to patients but it is of no matter because everybody gets to be called doctor now. With this newfound freedom, these new breeds join together and unionize, setting up shop accepting subsidies from insurance companies. The complex cases are left for the brave remaining doctors of traditional medicine. “You are all on the same team you are all managing patients, therefore, all physician doctors,” corporate management says.
Overburdened with 65 complicated cases a day, malpractice cases easily abound fleecing the remaining steadfast medical physicians.
Medical physicians are slowly and quietly replaced by trainees with now only a 6 hour certification requirement under their belt while they shadow medical physicians for a week and released to the unsuspecting patients. Unbeknownst to the medical doctors they have been training their replacements. Medical doctors slowly release all their power, as it has been quietly and slowly stripped during the past few decades. Burdened by burgeoning work requirements, they have no idea what strikes.
Then, the corporate heads stop even with the pretense. On National Health Transformation Day, those medical physicians remaining receive pink slips from those that they trained and supervised. How could this be?
By 2028, it is a complete takeover with a few MD’s remaining in genetic research which becomes a trillion dollar industry replacing expensive medications with even more expensive genetic treatments. They are now called genomic project leaders, not even in capitalized letters, to avoid any confusion with the practicing doctors who used to be known as extenders. Basically anybody in contact with a patient is now called doctor just as teams all get trophies there are no losers, no hierarchy and feelings are not hurt.
By 2030, even these doctor practioners or whatever the politically correct term is for extenders become too expensive. In the end, there is a monopoly of healthcare controlled by a single entity. Artificial intelligence overtakes all surgeries and including entering information, gathering blood supplies, obtaining samples, biopsies, everything. Healthcare is more efficient and costlier than ever. Surgery is usurped by employment of stem cell therapies. Data is entered in a master computer data program and diagnoses are never inaccurate. Medical treatment is now either replacement of genes or stem cell treatment. Pills are unheard of. By now, all of the workers’ wages are devoted entirely to a single care entity. Housing and food is universal, sterile and factory-like in order to contain cost.
Even the doctor replacers are replaced. AI is developed at rapid speeds. The replacements become obsolete. Even the powerful NP and PA unions could not protect them.
There are now 2 classes of people, the masses who can no longer afford healthcare and are now dependent on another system to sustain them and the elitist business class who now controls health, business and the laws of the land.
This is 2032.