“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.

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.

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