The past week's comments by our readers have exhibited the insanity that has come to rule the Spine World, your lives, and let alone the U.S. healthcare delivery system. In addition to our readers comments, NBC Nightly News reported that the U.S. ranks 41st globally in infant mortality, and that we spend more per capita for healthcare in the US, than any other country in the world. We would like to think that the majority of our readers are rational, we hope, and that this in itself is disconcerting, considering that five years ago we were ranked 29th, based on those facts TSB believes that we are moving in the right direction. NOT. Maybe it is time for a real Spine Summit, and not the BS Spine Technology Summit that has become a self-serving commercial venue for individual special interests, especially the person that runs it. The definition of a Summit is a meeting or conference of heads of state, conducting diplomatic negotiations or an easing of tensions. If there ever was tension in our industry, all one has to do is scroll down and read the comments on our blog site. The only easing of tension at the Spine Summit is the hand massage each one of these individuals give one another. You have a choice, patronize or boycott, and boycott seems to be more apropos.
How is it that we initiate a blog on a specific company, technology, a rare happening, or an individual observation, and it becomes a cry for help? Don't believe it, just read the comments posted in the DTRAX blog. A.D.D., hopefully not, but then again, maybe so. The hilarious comments about the guy with $2,000 cowboy boots, Versace glasses, and canary sports jacket, we didn't know cowboys wore Versace, made us wonder what would the Duke would think if he was alive? Now there's a new definition for the rhinestone cowboy. If anyone delivered a fitting reality check for the industry, TSB can only thank Mr. August 31, 2:37 p.m.. Yet, contrary to a minority of executives and surgeons opinions, this is our industry and many of you have made it what it is with your passion, commitment, and dedication to a job well done. But getting back to our point, if our illustrious leaders happen to log on to our website, and we know you do, has it dawned upon you that you lack the leadership, the respect, verve and vision that it takes to make a difference. You have become greedy and useless as well, our readers can fill that in. You have become lackeys to your shareholders and the suck on the teat of The Street. Your arrogance belies most of our imaginations. You lack the guts to do the right thing. As one of our eyes and ears on the street reported this week, where are the IDE's, where is the investment capital, what are the CEO's doing to drive progress and innovations? Blame the R&D departments, blame marketing, blame sales. If y'all spent as much time focusing on innovation as you do on suing one another the world may be a better place.
Well the fact is that if there ever was a time to have our so-called spine "heads of state" conduct a meeting and face the music, the time is now. Our industry is a microcosm of a greater disease that afflicts the American Healthcare System. GREED. TSB wants to know are you willing to fight, or are you going to lie down? Stay tuned for our report on the NuVasive and Medtronic as they go toe to toe battling one another in the courts. Now that everyone has had their batteries recharged with a great vacation, it's time to get back to the spine world.