Thursday, March 16, 2006

Medical system getting under your skin?

…According to Washington Post reporter Rob Stein (March 15), some docs are recommending people be “chipped” like dogs.

…Pretty soon, if these visionary-entrepreneurs have their way, the ED doc will be able to pass a wand over you and get the scoop.

…It’s called the VeriChip, and the manufacturer has zeroed in on the nation’s capital, equipping EDs to read the things.

…Doesn’t this sound a little “Minority Report”-ish? These devices are currently implanted in livestock and canines—but Grandma?

…The rice-grain sized doodad is implanted in the back of your arm and generates a 16-digit number the ED doc can tap into on a computer and get your records.

…Getting “chipped” costs about $200 bucks and involves a large-bore needle.

…Large-bore needle. HA is out.

…Oh, yes, and they can be scanned from a distance and people tracked with them, say critics.

...Let’s chip the nice folks at the NSA first.


Star said...

President Bush was questioned about this chipping by some uppity oldsters who didn't stick to the script and said he didn't think his Scotty Barney would "like" being chipped. Again--the large bore needle deal, I guess. (He also said learning about your health care was like buying a car--you knew exactly what you would pay when you went in to buy a car. Laughter followed.)

Bill Thomasson said...

I'm not afraid of large-bore needles. And there are clear advantages to having my full medical record available when needed -- docs not having access to information about what other docs have done remains a major problem.

Whether I should be worried about this making it easier for the NSA to track me is unclear. My basic position is that government snooping needs to be stopped in the courts and legislatures: If an agency is legally free to snoop, it will find a way to do so regardless of technology. But I can't honestly say that people will never do anything easy that they wouldn't do if it was hard.

Bill Thomasson

Star said...

I feel like we need some chaos to protect us. When the system starts to work, we are in trouble. We need to be able to "work" the cracks in the system. Having it efficient-up, tho, may not be a real danger.

I absolutely freak out when I hear people say, "If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." Look who you have defining "wrong," people!