Okay, maybe our healthcare system isn’t in the toilet yet.
But it’s pretty clear that if we don’t make some major changes, that is exactly where we will find it.
It doesn’t matter whether you are for a government based system, a market based system, a universal system, a tiered system, or no system at all…everyone agrees that something has got to give.
I love my iTunes, and now I can get Rob Lambert on my iPod! Yep, our favorite doc at Musings of a Distractible Mind is now the House Call Doctor at Quick and Dirty Tips! His first podcast premiered yesterday, and you can hear it on the site itself, or, better yet, do what I did and subscribe over at iTunes!
(PS, that Quick and Dirty Tips site is fabulous; can’t believe I never saw it until now!)
And more great news from Jenni over at ChronicBabe.com! It’s always been the go-to site for total babes who just happen to have a chronic illness, but now a Chronic Babe Forum is up and running! It’s new, but groups are already formed, so if you meet the criteria: (a) Babe and (b) dealing with chronic illness, check it out. Besides, if Jenni’s in da house, you know it’s got to be great!
There is something that I do not want to see happen in our discussions of healthcare reform, and that is an “us vs. them” mentality.
Because, in reality, there is no “them”.
There is only “us”.
Oh, there are those of us who work delivering health care, and those who work in administering health care, but every single one of us is a consumer of health care. We are all “patients”. Some of us may need to utilize the health care system more than others on a regular basis for a chronic illness. Some of us may be thrust unexpectedly into the fray via a life-threatening diagnosis or a life-altering trauma. Some of us go along for years without needing any services except the occasional screening exam/test.
But eventually we all enter the health care system as a patient, some way, some how.
So the groups debating various health care reforms are comprised of patients. 100%.
Ideally, this should mean that it’s not a matter of getting patients involved – folks, if you (a) are a human being and (b) you reside in the United States of America, you are involved. Period.
We all want the same thing. Equitable health care for every person.
We differ on how we can accomplish that goal.
I say put as much control in the hands of the patients as possible. Others believe the government is the better steward of the health care dollar.
But let’s remember, as the President said when he gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame last May, we cannot have a dialog if we demonize those who hold views different from our own. We don’t need to look for common ground, we HAVE common ground in this debate.
I have faith in the ability of the country to come up with a solution.
The needs of the patient will be met.
Our needs will be met.
Because we are the patients and by that very fact alone, we have the power.
And because you know I can’t let this slide without a rock lyric, let me paraphrase John Lennon.
Power to the Patients…