Healthcare Heal Thyself… Everyone Else, Just Get Out of the Way!
So, who’s to blame for the current state of healthcare in America? Well, this is certainly a very simple question, but it seems that over the last several decades, the answer has become increasingly complicated and controversial. Imagine for a moment asking this question in a room filled with a group of patients, doctors, health insurance executives, and politicians. If you find it easy to envision a sudden burst of finger-pointing among the parties, followed by a burst of nervous laughter as each person realizes that someone else has rather forcefully and conclusively laid blame squarely in the corner of the healthcare universe belonging to someone else, then you understand precisely why healthcare in America remains a broken and abused industry. The room, along with the rest of the country, is filled with confusion and chaos, and causes most to suffer headache!
Perhaps, in the interest of advancing the argument toward clarity and order (and getting rid of the headache), it would make more sense to ask another kind of question: Who’s NOT to blame for the current state of healthcare in America? Aha! Now the experts and blame-gamers in the room don’t know what to do. Without moving an accusatory finger, they’ll ask themselves, “Should I point to myself? Or should I let someone else off the hook?” And now we see that it’s a whole lot easier for one person to accuse others of flaw, fault and folly than it is to take responsibility for their own. You might imagine a little less nervous laughter in the room associated with this type of question as each person grapples with the notion that their corner of the healthcare universe may actually bear some responsibility for the mess. In my opinion, this is the first real step toward progress in fixing healthcare, and it’s a very tall step indeed.
So, you patients, you doctors, you health insurance executives, and you politicians… stop blame-gaming and start pride-taming. Take responsibility for your own actions—personally and professionally, past and present—in your little corner of the healthcare industry. Change what you should and must before expecting others to do the same, and lift the integrity of the industry one patient, one doctor, one health insurance executive and one politician at a time. It’s a difficult pill to swallow, but one that is necessary in order to realize a cost-effective, patient-centered process of healing healthcare in America!
Michael J Lucherini MD MS
Dr. Lucherini specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He practices at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics in Mesa, AZ, and is a Pioneer in Direct Access Medicine. His opinions expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his staff, his patients, or his colleagues.
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