I’ve been musing today over the response to the poll I posted up a couple of days back, asking whether readers accessed medical services more often or less often since the Global War on Smokers began. With some 99 responses so far, the results are that one quarter uses medical services about as much as before, one quarter uses them less, and nearly a half much less.
I was a bit surprised. I’d certainly expected there’d be less. But I expected most people would be using medical services about the same or a bit less than before, with only a few outsiders like me using them much less.
Instead, nearly 75% of my readers are accessing them less or much less.
I expect most of my readers are smokers. But is it just smokers who’re staying away? It could equally well be drinkers and tubbies. They’re all under the cosh, after all. They’re all officially disapproved of. They’re all being told that their lifestyles are to blame for all their maladies. They’re all being lectured and blackmailed and bullied.
And if they don’t fall into any of the officially disapproved categories, they may well hate the way other people are being treated, and fear that they too will soon be equally abused in their turn.
It can’t be a good thing. People used to trust their doctors implicitly, but now it seems that trust is being replaced by distrust, and perhaps even by fear.
I often think that, with the decline of religion, the medical profession has stepped in to take over national moral leadership. It’s no longer some fiery preacher in a chapel telling his parishioners that they’re all sinners, and facing perpetual damnation. No, now it’s fiery doctors and dentists that are telling them that they’re all sinners, and facing the early deaths that they so richly deserve.
And if the churches and chapels emptied, it was perhaps because people just got sick of being told how sinful they all were. And now the same has happening with the medical profession that took over moral leadership from the churches.
What can reasonably be expected to happen when people stop seeing doctors? Or only go and see them in a dire emergency? It’ll almost certainly mean that when they do show up in front of a doctor, it’ll very often be too late to save them. So there must be rising numbers of terminal cancer cases showing up in hospitals. And terminal cases of every other disease as well.
I know that if I got, say, Ebola, I’d just try and shrug it off as a nasty case of cold or flu. I would strongly resist visiting any doctor until it became impossible not to. And the same would go for any other infectious disease. Which means that in a doctor-distrusting society, infectious diseases are much more likely to gain a foothold than in ones in which the medical profession is highly trusted. So we can expect more epidemics.
Yet there’s no sign whatsoever that there’s any alarm in the medical profession about the deepening distrust and disbelief in which they’re held. The clergy in their empty churches are well used to it, of course. And the political class is well aware that the same is happening to them. But the doctors are all still marching around bellowing orders to everyone: they don’t seem to have realised that fewer and fewer people are listening any more.
And in the event of a real medical emergency (not the fraudulent smoking/drinking/obesity “epidemics”) there’ll probably be desperate appeals for people to come in for blood tests or mouth swabs or inoculations, which will all fall on long-deaf ears. And the modern medical profession will discover too late that the trust and faith and belief of their customers underpins everything they do, and when it’s gone it’s nearly impossible to win back.
P.S. Joe Jackson occasionally posts comments here, so I’m more than happy to draw attention to his current tour: