I saw an article last week from Reuters (unfortunately I lost the link) about reforming health care in the U. S.. A couple of points stood out to me:
1) Dr. Julie Gerberding – the director of the CDC was quoted as saying “If we are seriously thinking about building a health system, then we need to be training professionals in a collegial and collaborative manner.”. It was explained that she thinks that the way doctors, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and dentists are educated needs to be changed – that they need to start their educations all together to “to foster cooperation and a sense of common mission”. I agree but think they should add eye doctors to that list too. Vision is a vital part of a healthy person as any other function or part of the body. I never understood why teeth and eyes were somehow separated from the rest of our bodies when getting health care or insurance.
2) She also said that the “system is focused on treating disease and on end-of-life care, with little attention paid to preventing disease and helping people lead healthier lives.”. That’s bothered me for a long time too. How frequently have you had a doctor talk to you about what you can do to be as healthy as possible? I’ve never had a doctor initiate a discussion like that. And have you ever tried asking a doctor questions about nutrition or fitness? They don’t seem to know a lot about it. Maybe that’s not what they are trained for and can’t be expected to know everything – but then our health insurance needs to include visits to professionals who can help us with nutrition and fitness. Diet and exercise are the two most important things a person can control to stay healthy and yet our doctors don’t know enough about them to help people do the right thing. We’re left on our own and most people don’t know enough themselves or can’t afford to pay a nutritionist or personal trainer to help them.
What do you think?
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