This blog is about American health care. The emphasis here is on SOLUTIONS.
The author is Ralph Beckett, MD and sometimes other people who also have a passion for improving health care. Dr. Beckett has extensive experience with patient care, health care quality, formulary management and the electronic medical record.
All Americans know we have health care problems. Every day we see TV reports of problems, polls showing dissatisfaction, newspapers with stories of health care disasters, advertisements for hospitals, Wall Street betting on new drugs but very few serious discussions about solutions to health care problems. Just going to a different doctor, a different hospital, or a different clinic does not solve the problem for anyone else and perhaps not even for you.
This blog is NOT about your health problem. It is not about your cough, your foot pains or your hemorrhoids. It is about why you can’t get an appointment, why doctors don’t spend enough time with you, why healthcare costs so much and what are the solutions.
You may think a change to current health care law will fix all that is wrong but that’s not how quality improvement works. Health care is complicated, and changes to the system uncover new problems. Health care is a moving target. When we see a problem we must ask why, why, why, why, and why again to get at the root of the problem and do our best to implement a solution. Then repeat the process over and over and over.
Sometimes problems can be solved by the patients and health care providers by just realizing something is wrong. Sometimes problems can be solved by legislation, but this is slow. Sometimes problems can be solved by the market place; but, the market runs by supply and demand — in health care it is not always clear what is supplied and what is demanded. You did not ask for a heart attack and you may not know to ask for an aspirin and you don’t really care what it costs. We all just want Quality Health Care, Please!
Your comments are welcomed. If you have discovered a problem with American health care this is the place to point it out and hopefully we can come to a solution. If you see solutions here that look good then tell others and give them the link to this blog. Thanks.