Healthcare, I am so sick and tired of hearing about healthcare problems. Folks know the problem. The cost of healthcare is a self inflicted wound. It’s ridiculous that we have to hear these idiots postulate about the problems. It’s like watching a friend struggling to build a model airplane and complain about the latest FAA rules.
Conditions are the environment in which an organism lives that effect the way it functions. It can be a factor or a source of a disease or injury, but can’t be a disease or injury. We spend billions of dollars a year on conditions in America. Sort of like increasing the octane in your gas to fix your cars computer.
Everything from ADHD to Fibromyalgia are costing the healthcare industry billions. The arthritis industry is developing new “conditions” to match medications as we speak. Arthritis is an ancient disease we all will experience at one level or another over time. Human bones weaken with age putting additional stress on it’s surrounding structures. The “conditions” that slow this process down or speed it up aren’t diseases.
This is the crux of the point. Conditions aren’t diseases. Conditions are the environment that effect an organism maintaining homeostasis. Conditions can be manipulated to improve or degrade this process. The paradigm in America is to ignore the conditions that set up a problem and medicate those same conditions ignoring the absence of a medical disease.
This is where psychology comes in. This is a bad word to many. Folks don’t distinguish between counseling, psychology, and psychiatry. They just conjure negative images of “crazy”! These practices are the answer to many of these biopsychosocial conditions. Counseling and therapy deal directly with the conditions that negatively effect a person to the point they’re being effected physically.
Addressing conditions or syndromes with medication as the first line of defense is unethical. Counseling, diet, and fitness are critical to dealing with health issues. Medication does not heal, it is designed to help a patient deal with the symptoms (conditions) of a disease to improve the conditions of which that person lives until the disease has been cured, or managed in some cases.
We need healthcare reform. Healthcare reform is a threat to the economy. This is why we won’t get healthcare. Pain clinics were the symptom we missed, and now the problem has exponentially grown socially, but is a windfall economically. I’ll leave it to you to elaborate on other medical conditions and how they benefit the economy.
I don’t see a paradigm shift in the philosophies of medicine and economics. So my part, to make me feel good, is to talk to my folks and hopefully keep them safe from the medical establishment. The worst thing to happen would be a loved one born in the hospital, frequently visiting the doctor throughout their life for medicine, and returning to the hospital to die. That’s not a life, it’s an investment