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The Seven Dirty Words of Healthcare

A report on Friday, in the Washington Post, said that the current regime in Washington was forbidding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using seven words and phrases in official documents being prepared for their budget for next year.

When news of this development became public, no doubt images of the George Orwell novel, 1984 came to mind, with its doublespeak and newspeak concepts straight out of a dystopian future. The novel was published in 1948.

But it also brought to my mind, something many Americans of my generation and older remember from the world of comedy. The late comedian, George Carlin, had a routine about the seven words you could not say on television.

This being a family blog, I will not repeat them here, but I bet the folks at the CDC did when they learned about this attempt to stifle free speech.

The seven words that the Orangutan Regime is forbidding are as follows: “Diversity”, “Entitlement”, “Evidence-based”, “Fetus”, “Science-based”, “Transgender”, and “Vulnerable.”

According to the Post, policy analysts at the CDC in Atlanta were told of the list on Thursday at a meeting with senior officials who oversee the budget, an analyst at the meeting said.

The analyst, who spoke anonymously, said that the analysts were given alternative phrases such as “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” Talk about Doublespeak.

In other cases, the analyst said there were no replacement words. Since the Orangutan took office, questions as to how to address sexual identity, gender identity, and abortion rights has surfaced in federal agencies. Several departments have changed some federal policies and how they collect information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the article in the Washington Post reported.

For instance, in March, HHS dropped questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in two surveys of older Americans.

HHS also removed information about LGBT from their website, and the Administration for Children and Families achieved a page that outlined services available to LGBT persons.

The meeting on Thursday was led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency’s Office of Financial Services, the anonymous analyst said. It was pointed out that this person was not authorized to speak publicly. At the meeting, Kelly did not say why the words were being banned, and said she was merely relaying information.

The existence of this list of forbidden words was confirmed by other CDC officials, and it is likely that other parts of HHS are operating under the same guidelines, the analyst told the Post.

According to the analyst, the reaction of people at the meeting was “incredulous”, “Are you serious?”, and “Are you kidding?” There were probably some other choice words thrown in, such as the seven dirty ones I mentioned above from the world of comedy.

Alison Kelly told the analysts present at the meeting that “certain words” were being sent back for correction. Those words were “vulnerable”, “entitlement” and “diversity.”

In a related story from The Hill, HHS is pushing back on the report saying the agency was not allowing personnel at CDC to use words like “diversity”, “transgender” and “fetus” in official documents.

HHS spokesperson, Matt Lloyd told The Hill Saturday, “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”

What’s next? Big Brother is Watching You?

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How Employers (and Medical Travel Facilitators) Can Deal With Zika

Teresa Bartlett, wrote last Friday in Insurance Thought Leadership.com about the precautions employers can take to avoid the Zika virus, and how to think about it.

She raises the following questions, and gives insightful answers:

  •  Where Is Zika Spreading?
  • What Are the Symptoms?
  • How Is Zika Treated?
  • What Special Precautions Should Be Taken by Pregnant Women?
  • What Should Employers Do?

The entire article can be read here.

Now that summer is almost upon us in the US, employers and those in other industries, like health care and medical travel, as well as the travel industry itself, should be fully aware of these facts.

Only time will tell before we have native cases of Zika here. You must be prepared.


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Zika More Dangerous than First Thought

According to two reports on NBCNews.com, the Zika virus is more dangerous than health officials first thought.

The first report from last week can be found here. The second report says that Zika goes to the brain, and causes nerve damage similar to that caused by multiple sclerosis. Zika destroys developing nerve cells.

What does this mean to you, the medical travel facilitators working in Central and South America?

It means that maybe, money spent to attract patients to your countries, might first be better spent cleaning up your slums and cities that have standing water and debris that can be a breeding ground for the mosquitoes that carry the disease.

It also means that you must work closely with your government agencies to assure that medical travel facilities are clean and prepared to deal with the disease, should there be patients who come down with the disease while getting medical care there.