“The Scientific Basis for Choosing to Be a Patient: Forearmed is Forewarned”


By Thomas Emerick

First Posted at Cracking Health Costs on 6/5/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs
Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs

Nortin Hadler, M.D., author of The Citizen Patient, a splendid read, wrote a terrific article for Scientific American.  Dr. Hadler is one of the most enlightened healthcare writers today.

He writes, “Today health is a commodity, disease is a product line and physicians are a sales force in the employ of a predatory enterprise.”

Our culture is on a mission to achieve and preserve our “health”.   Hadler defines “health” this way:  It is “…a reflection of the degree to which we feel complete in our bodies tempered by the degree to which we perceive that sense to be threatened.” 

Health care today is a world of misconceptions, notions of “cure at any cost”, pursuit of deeply flawed treatments, lack of patient information, and health insurance schemes that have failed to “champion cost effectiveness”.

A patient forewarned is a patient forearmed.

Click here to read the full article.  I urge you to read this.