Lyme disease is the first infectious disease of truly epidemic proportions that emerged hand in hand with another new phenomenon affecting the health of Americans: the penetration of managed care in to the health care market place.
“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”
In the fullness of time, much is revealed and understood. This will be true of Lyme disease and its co-infections and the role of government, medicine and insurance. It is shameful.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., along with U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, have announced they will re-introduce legislation that would establish an advisory committee focusing on tick-borne diseases.
Words from our senators about Lyme:
Senator Gillibrand: “We need a better strategy than just checking our kids after a day at the park.”
Senator Blumenthal: “When the story of Lyme disease is written, it will be the story of patients standing up and being heard.”