AB 783 and AB 374 use “Appeal to Fear” in Hopes of Perpetuating the Abuse

March 9, 2011

An appeal to fear (also called argumentum ad metum or argumentum in terrorem) is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for an idea by using deception and propaganda in attempts to increase fear and prejudice toward a competitor. The appeal to fear is common in marketing and politics.

1. The CMA/Hayashi argue, if the law is upheld, physical therapists in POPTS will be out of work. Simply not true there are thousands of jobs available.   Here are 200 of them at www.physicaltherapist.com and I encourage you to read the past post on job availability .

2. The CMA/Hayashi argue, if the law is upheld, patient continuity of care will suffer. Again, a myth.  Doctors rarely step foot in their own illegal PT clinics.   Outpatient therapy services are not generally associated with a related office visit.   In 2008, only 3 percent of outpatient therapy services were provided on the same day as an office visit, 9 percent within 7 days after a visit, and 14 percent within 14 days after a visit (Figure 8-2).  – -MedPAC June 2010 report.

Listen to this physical therapist that used to work in a POPTS clinic.

Continuity of care.    It’s flat out deception.  The doctors do it all for the profits.  It’s not an opinion, it’s based on fact and personal testimony like the answers to these questions below.

Did you consult with the doctor?  Did the doctor tell you how to treat patients?

Who made the decision when a patient should be discharged?

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