Americans are an independent lot. It’s rooted in the very fabric of this country. We are accustomed to having a choice and making our own decisions. That’s what we expect in our homegrown version of democracy.
We can choose virtually any product or service we want. Any size, shape, color, or model. Except when it comes to our health care.
It seems to me from much of what I’ve read that the patient-doctor relationship is mostly unbalanced. The doctor tells the patient what’s wrong, and what needs to happen to fix it. Our health care system forces doctors to quickly address the offending symptoms and move on.
In the United States more is spent per patient on health care than in any other developed country in the world.
For all the wonders of our nation, its unparalleled standard of living and freedom of choice, does this ensure that we are the healthiest country with the longest lifespan?
This blog by John Clague was published on The Oregonian on October 4, 2012.
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