American Health Care System Promotes Iatrogenic Illness

23 February 2003

EDITOR--Doctors Opposing Circumcision wholeheartedly agrees with Dr. Bloom’s remarks about the sickness in the American health care system.1

      The American health care system is unique in its dependence on fee-for-service in the compensation of physicians. This means that the more procedures performed, the more pay the doctors get. This incentive drives up health care costs and promotes unnecessary surgery.

      One such unnecessary surgery is non-therapeutic circumcision of infant males. The United States has a higher percentage of infant males circumcised than any other country is the world, except perhaps Israel (where it is a religious requirement).

      Dr Bloom expressed concern about high stress in infancy generating diseases later in life.1 Doctors Opposing Circumcision also concurs with those remarks. Neonatal circumcision is a high stress generator. Rhinehart reported PTSD in adult males; the stressor was neonatal circumcision.2 Neonatal circumcision causes a huge rise in serum cortisol.3,4 Heart rates rise to alarming levels during circumcisions.4 Blood oxygen pressure declines.5 Salk and Jacobsen associate trauma in the perinatal period with self-destructive behavior in later life.6-8

      Legato has called for a “searching look” at circumcision of the newborn and “wide-ranging debate.”9 That has yet to happen. In the present, the American health care industry in America still circumcises about 55 percent of newborn boys, so we can look forward to many decades of iatrogenic physical and emotional illness in America.

George Hill
Executive Secretary
Doctors Opposing Circumcision
Suite 42
2442 NW Market Street
Seattle, Washington 98107


Competing interests:   None declared

Competing interests: None declared

George Hill, Executive Secretary

Doctors Opposing Circumcision, Suite 42, 2442 NW Market Street, Seattle, Washington 98107,USA

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