Happy to be mad.

As I said in my first reflection, coming into this class I had limited knowledge of the US healthcare system. I knew it was by no means the best, but I would’ve never in my wildest dreams have guessed that the situation is as dire as it actually is. Continue reading “Happy to be mad.”

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Should where you die be up to you?

After reading “Fighting to honor a father’s last wish,” I question whether the man in this article got what he deserved.  Due to his illness, the elder man, 91, was shuffled shamelessly between hospitals and nursing homes. His last wish, was to suffer the exact opposite fate, to die at home.  Each time he was discharged from a hospital, he was sent to a nursing home for his “rehabilitation.”  The man was given no choice in the matter, either.  He wanted to be at home, but he couldn’t.   Continue reading “Should where you die be up to you?”

Leniency for Drug Abusers?

Last week, an article was posted about the prevalence of prescription drug abuse in America, especially among the white American population. The article cites a survey, in which it is revealed that over half of those questioned claimed to know someone suffering from prescription drug abuse. It also goes on to say that this number is increased to 63% among white Americans, while it falls well below 50% for African Americans and Hispanics. It then continues by listing drug overdose as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States.
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Do doctors care about the ICU?

After reading, “the patient in the intensive care unit,” I was inclined to think about whether patients in the ICU are actually receiving care, or just being helped along.  While I highly doubt the doctors and nurses don’t care about the patients in the ICU, they are just more concerned with solving the underlying issue, and getting them home illness free.  As Zussman says in his article, the ICU patient can sometimes “vanish.”  This is due to, as I mentioned, the main and almost only concern of ICU doctors being to rid the patient of illness.  The question is, is this ok?  We just finished discussing the exact opposite scenario, the hospital in Thailand, where making the patient and those around them feel comfortable is just as important as the care itself.  Is this any better or worse than what happens in the ICU?  I tend to think that there is nothing wrong with either, as long as the patient receives adequate medical attention.  Whether this is done in a hospital bed, or on a balcony in Thailand, I don’t see the difference.

At what point is it too much?

I know this isn’t what we are talking about now, but I still wanted to pose the question.  After watching the video about the hospital in Thailand, I couldn’t help but wonder at what point in time did healthcare become not solely on healthcare.  Having a McDonalds and a Starbucks in a hospital does absolutely nothing for the hospital, other than to add outside appeal. Continue reading “At what point is it too much?”

Veterans are being forced to deal with lower quality care.

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) is one the biggest health care providers in the country, serving millions of former military men and women. In 2014, a scandal revealed the lack of timely care being received by these veterans. Soon after, congress and President Obama agreed on the Veterans’ Access, Choice, and Accessibility act. A year later, some of the benefits of this act can be seen, but what is also visible, is that the VHA still needs drastic changes. Continue reading “Veterans are being forced to deal with lower quality care.”

Process Reflection 1

Having been born and raised in America, I guess I never really thought about how our healthcare system worked.  I’ve always been covered under my parents plan and have never been critically ill.  That being said, this class has opened my eyes to many of the truths of our healthcare system.  If you asked me how our healthcare system fared in comparison to other countries, I never would have guessed we were one of the worst in terms of cost per capita.  Even more shocking to me, was that even though we were spending so much more, our outcomes were no better, if not worse in many cases.  And the only way I can look at this, is that before taking this class, I was apart of the problem.   Continue reading “Process Reflection 1”

How Walk-ins can change healthcare

It seems as the idea of going to see a doctor has been the same forever; you make a phone call, schedule an appointment a few days later, and then proceed to still wait an hour before seeing your physician.  Recently, however, this system has started to change.  Now, in many cities throughout the country, patients are foregoing this long drawn out process and replacing it with trips to walk-in clinics, many of which are found within local retail stores,  In this article for example, a CVS in Cambridge is the first choice for a woman with an ear ache.  And she is by no means alone.  Throughout the country, there are around a thousand of these CVS clinics, and they keep on appearing.  While these clinics cannot replace primary physicians, (they usually only deal with the treatment of minor and chronic disease) they are definitely a new player in the healthcare game.   Continue reading “How Walk-ins can change healthcare”