The following is largely excerpted from the June 27, 2017 article Human Rights Violations of Relapsing Fever and Lyme Disease Patients Under International Investigation, by Jenna Luche-Thayer. The link can be found below.
Struck by a duck? Burned because your water skis caught on fire? Have a bizarre personal appearance? Fortunately, the World Health Organization has assigned over 68,000 diagnostic codes to cover these and thousands of other conditions. However, while getting struck by a duck or a spacecraft collision gets you care, Lyme Disease does not. When your doctor checks off one of these diagnostic codes, insurance billing goes smoothly, your case is recorded, and data is available to guide medical and public health research and health policy, track mortality, and save health care dollars.