Friday, May 4, 2012
The House That Medicine Built
Occasionally a cut of meat gets uppity and fashions itself steak instead of ground beef. The medical system doesn't tolerate such hubris. Even VIP's are fashioned in gowns that fly open in the back. The rectal exam is ignorant of traditional class warfare. The indignity of disease lashes out against all comers.
We talk of modern health care as a living , breathing, sentient organism that expands and contracts intelligently. The truth is much more nuanced. Our medical system is a series of ill conceived systems that interact mindlessly and react intuitively. As processes collide, the bull headed survive.
Your visit to the hospital may be a nightmare. A ream of disjointed information will fly into your face at warp speed. Buried under a sea of nonsensical medical jargon, hurried staff will rush in and out of your room and pause impatiently when asked questions.
But this is the house that medicine built.
You want things to be better?
Cut governmental paperwork and red tape.
Destroy the nonsensical and time consuming coding and payment system.
Bring the joy back to practicing medicine.
That is all.
Posted by Jordan Grumet at 6:53 PM