Evolution of Healthcare, Part Two
Healthcare has often been called ill to the pill medicine. For example, someone has a complaint about high blood pressure, arthritis, heartburn, acid reflux, or depression and there is a pill for that. For every single disease that is labeled, it has a pill attached to it, and insurance continues to pay for this.
The incentive for Western medicine is to get paid for a diagnosis, and not an outcome. For many years health care has named the problem, blamed the problem, tamed the problem with medication, and then billed for it.
The problem with this approach is that it’s not improving our overall health. We are not thinking about functional medicine, or about getting to the underlying cause of someone’s ailment. No one is looking at the whole person’s body, mind, emotions and spirit in looking at how all our systems interact.
The 2009 World Economic Forum discovered that chronic disease is the most severe threat to today’s economic development.
In 2010 the United States spent over $8 billion on therapy. Most of this is going to therapy such as cholesterol-lowering medication, antidepressants, and anti-psychotics.
In 2013, Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine stated, “the nation’s current health trajectory is lower in success hiring costs than it should be.”
I’ll finish with a quote by Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
But don’t despair, Part Three will have some solutions to our challenges!!