American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. This doesn't come cheap, though. While healthcare cost much less 60 years ago, no one is calling for a return to 1950s medicine.
While it took us a while to get to this point, this new world of healthcare will be better for all of us. Patients, doctors, and the people who pay for healthcare services all will benefit.
Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care?
In 1968, just six months after finishing medical school, I was made a captain in the Air Force and sent off to Vietnam. I found that there’s much to be learned from war that applies to medicine.
As 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering: What will the government do for healthcare -- and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States.
Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. Here’s how we, in healthcare, can find efficiencies that have worked in other industries.
One out of every three American adults are now obese. While new treatments are underway, will they be enough to prevent American healthcare from being crushed by the massive costs of treating obesity and its consequences?
America, get ready. You’re about to wake up to a whole new world of healthcare. We are moving from a healthcare system of the 1950’s into a model better suited for a population of the 21st century.
Technology has touched every facet of medicine. It’s helped us diagnose, prevent, monitor and treat patients. And we’re only becoming more technologically dependent.