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Open Minds: Navigating the Healthcare System with Dr. Carlos Santo (December 2013)

Season 3, Episode 25
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The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has sent shockwaves through both ends of the political divide. Despite the political bickering, the state of health for a nation is related to the effectiveness of its healthcare system. Dr. Carlos Santo guides us through an overview of Obamacare and offers a physician’s view of navigating complex healthcare systems in this interview with Regina Meredith originally webcast December 17, 2013.

Dr. Carlos Santo, a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, diligently works to spread the message of natural health and healing to his many patients and students. His private practice is deeply steeped in the traditional principles of Naturopathic Medicine where he is always seeking to reach the cause of illness. Dr. Santo has had the distinct privilege of working under a number of great masters in the arts of Chinese Medicine, martial arts, and yoga.

Regina Meredith
Dr. Carlos Santo


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skylajane, posted on February 5, 2014

I found this interview to be enlightening and informative about the ACA. I'm self-employed, buy my own insurance, and the ACA will greatly raise my costs without giving me anything I value. So far, I haven't had to give up my less expensive, high-deductible insurance and I'm hoping not to. It's only a catastrophic back-up plan. All of my recent healthcare costs (broken leg, physical therapy, chiropractic) I've paid for out-of-pocket. I don't seek formal healthcare unless I absolutely have to. I was hoping to hear more about alternatives to the very unaffordable ACA .

Karenperkins.pomp, posted on January 18, 2014

This interview really made me question Gaiam TV. Dr. Santos clearly lives in an unusual little bubble of denial, and Regina were you really falling for this? He stated so many inaccuracies I don't know where to begin. He called Project Access coverage? Well, I volunteered for project access for years at one of their clinics. People begin lining up at 5 am before the clinic opens so that they MIGHT be seen. There are two clinics that serve the whole Austin area as walk-in clinics. Many sick patients, many who are children wait hours to get seen and at times are unable to due to the overcrowding. This is the same scenario at emergency centers where Dr. Santos seems to be saying the "undocumentededs" (new word) can get perfectly good coverage in his view. Private clinics are required to see so few Project Access patients that it might as well be nonexistent. I was a physicians practice consultant for years and for example, one doctor I worked closely with saw ONE Project access patient a month, and he was one out of three doctors in this particular practice of 15 doctors that would even see a Project Access patient. Dr. Santos is extremely out of touch with what's happening in conventional medicine. I can't speak for alternative medicine because I have no professional experience in that field. But I have a feeling Dr. Santos doesn't have a lot of experience in conventional medicine because unfortunately most conventional medicine physicians would not be caught dead being professionally affiliated with a naturopath. And his long discourse about how wonderful and generouse physicians are, well yes some are. I worked very closely with hundreds of physicians and even became close with their families. Some are wonderful, some, but for the most part, since we don't live in the Hippocrates era anymore, most doctors are motivated by money and power. Again only speaking from my experience with conventional medicine, which in fact constitutes most American medical care. And, oh my goodness how misleading he was on the concierge concept. I notice how he didn't mention the sign up cost, which here in Austin is an annual fee of 15 - 40,000 dollars, he only mentioned the small monthly fees. I know this because I know several doctors who opted for concierge-type practices and my husband and I were marketed to. It could be a good option, but ONLY the wealthy can afford this. This interview was not just nonsensical, it was ridiculous.

taoss, posted on December 22, 2013

The aware person already knows that allopathic medicine is a scam on the people who are unaware of the natural healing capacity and capability of the body. In the world today, the aware person knows that the poisons placed in food, air, water, soil as well as the mind through mainstream media creates most all conditions that require some kind of healing. It should, by now, be well known that allopathic medicines do more damage than good, where side effects include major ailments and death. It's difficult to discuss this Obamacare stuff, knowing what we know, on a program such as Gaiam TV. If people choose allopathic medicine, let the system that already works continue rather than forcing all people to sign up for something many of us know does not work at all and absolutely do not want to use and will not use. Doing so is mafia style extortion. There's no other way to call it. For the first time, I could not watch the entire interview.

simski1945, posted on December 21, 2013

Discussion of medical care by so-called awakened and aware individuals always amazes me. This entire interview is based on the perceived need for medical care at all. I am a former professional social worker who was diagnosed with and stupidly got treatment for terminal cancer in the 1980's. It was my experience with this ridiculous treatment which began my journey and allowed me to quit such tortuous and disempowering treatment. That I am alive and well today not having seen a western medicine practitioner in over 20 yrs is a testament to the false basis of that system's basis of belief. Use your common sense and see how easy it is to control you through fear and false needs! I rarely watch crap like this but today I did because Regina doesn't usually fall for it. I couldn't finish listening.

qcstylee419, posted on December 18, 2013

We're being inundated with misinformation on every single front especially when it comes to health care. I expect more from Gaiamtv. For him to claim the system that was in place was wonderful is one of the most out of touch, completely clueless statements I have heard. It's like watching Mitt Romney campaign again. I have to turn this off.

cm, posted on December 18, 2013

Its a rare interview that I don't watch all the way through. First off, as a Canadian, I am beginning to resent the 'socialized medicine' quips on some of the interviews here on Gaiam ... like its means its socialism or communism. Please. Get real. I'm self employed. I pay $65 a month. Never had to pay anything out of pocket --- and neither has any of my family members excluding some medications. And my Dad has kidney disease which has involved several transplants, one from me. And, I paid more taxes when I lived in the U.S. vs what I do here back home. Yes, the system has issues. Its not perfect. But it ain't the fearmongering he makes it out to be either.

Obviously the current American plan put forth by the current american government sucks. And its looking like, at the moment at least, its being hijacked by political and big biz interests. But how can this guy with a straight face say the past system was a good one and the best in the world. I lived in the U.S. for a decade. I've had friends, with good jobs and/or self employed incomes, having to financially crumble when they suffered heart attacks, had a child born with difficulties, or accidents happening. How can he say that 'everyone was covered'. Its great that totally down and out folks who go thru the emergency room system are covered ... but does that mean one has to crumble to that level in order to get care covered. yes, the elites of the world may travel to the U.S. for their needs ... ummmm, elites. That should say something in an of itself.

I am in no way totally well versed in this important and timely topic ... but even I can tell that this guy is off.

josephmckenna0, posted on December 20, 2013

It's encouraging to hear a positive comment on Canadian health care, $65 and no out of pocket expenses sounds great. That is not the reality here. The new aca is going to cost me about $500 a month with $6000 deductible that I wont meet unless I have a terrible accident. It will not cover my prescriptions which I currently pay about $400 a month for out of pocket. Canadian drug prices are also much lower about 1/3 what I now pay so you may not understand how some of us have to live here in the 'States' . I t is very difficult and illegal to to buy my prescriptions in Canada. It seems to me we are being taken advantage of by the insurance companies through the aca and through prescription drug prices. I can't afford another $500 dollars a month and would much rather pay a reasonable price for holistic care. I currently pay for holistic care out of pocket. The insurance companies don't like to pay for preventive, alternative treatments. I'm not sure but I don't think the aca will cover reiki, acupuncture, or herbal treatments unless you purchase a high end plan. This effectively prevents me from purchasing the health options I prefer.

allan7, posted on December 18, 2013

I was very open to hearing an alternative view about the ACA... Unfortunately, Dr. Santo calling Walgreens and McDonalds small businesses, calling the undocumented "Illegals" and repeating over and over how the existing health care system is the best in the world... I had to stop the interview before I threw something at my computer. He sounds like a political plant to me.

josephmckenna0, posted on December 18, 2013

I think Dr. Santo is genuinely concerned that the ACA will erode the quality of care raise premiums and deductibles for most people and not necessarily benefit undocumented immigrants. His system of holistic healthcare for $200 a month sounds really good.

SKANYUH, posted on January 9, 2014

Allan-It's my understanding that Santo is not at all advocating the ACA is going to better the healthcare system but rather degrade it! As much as I agree that the current system isn't perferct-nor is any current healthcare system controlled under governmental control-it provides far more liberty and option than a forced ACT!

sackotrouble, posted on December 18, 2013

This was a one sided knock on an attempt of someone finally trying to fix a broken unfair healthcare system. Dr. Santo stating that the system we had was perfectly fine is a gross inaccuracy . The new system in not perfect by any means but it's a start. Everyone has talked and talked about what is wrong but no one has come up with something better or tried to fix anything. Talk to some of the thousands of people it has helped so far.
This guy was so incredibly arrogant and his only mission was to put fear in people's minds . Oh, and I'm sure that all of us would like to know where he got health insurance for $95.
I am truly saddened by this interview. Gaiam has always been about solutions and forward thinking. It reminded me of a one sided Fox interview.

sherrianwitt, posted on December 17, 2013

Regina you really worked to make this interview ...He was a real as.........
The subject was one I would like to see you interview someone else.
This guy was not comfortable and was arrogant IMO...

As a healthcare provider he missed alot of good points that could have been made.
A sign of good mental health is a sense of humor...HE HAD NONE

sjw444, posted on December 17, 2013

This was so informative, and I agree wholeheartedly. I am a small-business owner. I am very into alternative medicine, i.e., natural path, acupuncture, massage, yoga. I spend about $38,000 a year for health insurance for myself and my employees through our group plan. I never go to the "doctor." I am 49 years old, and alternative medicine has served me well. I will never understand Obamacare, but I guess we will just have to see how it plays itself out.

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