Transparency must be improved
When patients choose which type of healthcare they wish to use, they don’t have a lot of knowledge about the outcomes, which could be really important for them. For example, “how long will I be on sick leave, will I get the infection after this intervention, how much is this treatment dangerous, will the doctors be able to control the pain”. If they only had so many information about healthcare as for any other product they buy, the situation would be completely different. If the patient and medical personnel start to work together, then we would solve variations among healthcare facilities and improve the quality of care.
Sex differences should be eliminated
If you see the history of American medicine, you will notice that male standards go way behind. When you go to the doctor and complain about chest pain, the doctor will do the test and evaluate the blood enzymes, but on those enzymes will be used male standard. Those tests can fail in 20% when evaluating women’s heart attack. Even though the doctors and science know about these enzymes for the last 40 years, we have to wait for some catastrophic disease to happen so we could implement those sex differences.
Everyone should have better health behavior
In the 20th century, we saw some remarkable improvements, such as safe water drinking, food that has more nutrients, vaccines, and development of antibiotics. But the biggest improvement of the all is that we get a chance the improve our general health by promoting a healthy way of life, daily exercise, regular checkups, vaccinate children and dismiss the use of tobacco and cigarettes. We now have cases where parents refuse to vaccinate children because they think that vaccine is connected with autism. Citizens should be better informed and prevent certain types of diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, overweight, high blood pressure and other health conditions.
Primary care should be regarded
Doctors who demonstrate primary care and make sure that patients are staying well should be rewarded. Opposite to that, our society awards doctors who use most sophisticated technology the resolve the problem, instead of most basic. For example, when a patient has some cardiovascular issues and gets on time to the hospital to avoid death, cardiologist will tell him: “Lucky you, you made it”, “we will put some stent in you and that will cost you $120,000”, then patient will say: “Thank God, they saved my life”. On the other hand, primary care doctor will be able to advise him on how to avoid even having heart issues, with the right incentive.
The cost of medical services should be reduced
The state needs to implement a new model of healthcare and allow even poorer people equal right on treatment.
Imagine a situation where a man gets into the hospital with serious health problems and gets denied because he can’t afford health insurance, or he has to pay medical bills for few years. It is a serious issue that should be discussed, but the government look on this like on the waxing supplies in the surgical room, strange, isn’t it?