“Doctor, in room #2 the record shows non compliance with the prescribed cholesterol medication and a new high blood pressure finding. A1C levels remain elevated and it’s time for the flu shot as well.”
Does this patient have a NAME? If a doctor walked into room #2, do you think the conversation would be about “health” or “disease”?
Assuming this patient had complied with taking the medication prescribed for high cholesterol, would the CAUSE of her high cholesterol be CORRECTED preventing the need for future prescription refills?
Doctors are part of a profession that can look their patients directly in the eyes and WITHOUT any negative ramifications (in general) say:
My goal is NOT to FIX your chronic disease.
My job is to FOCUS on prescription treatments rather than discovering the CAUSES and SOLUTIONS for your conditions.
If you don’t take the prescriptions as recommended, I will release you from care. If you don’t follow my essential lifestyle modification recommendations, I will gladly remain your physician anyway. You see, I will likely make more money if you don’t comply with my lifestyle recommendations because you will likely develop more chronic conditions requiring more prescriptions over time!
I have no medical training in exercise or (biological) nutrition and do not feel obligated to better understand these components in health even though I know both play an important role in preventing disease.
Doctors can arrogantly make these outlandish statements and the average patient will likely follow their pharmaceutical treatments anyway!
We FEAR our doctors. We do so, unnecessarily. It’s not like there’s a shortage of doctors willing to accept NEW PATIENTS. Understanding this reality places the patient in the “driver’s seat.” Whether you privately or nationally pay for your healthcare, it is up to YOU to decide HOW you want your physician to help you. If you want chronic diseases masked (rather than FIXED) with pharmaceutical drugs as a first line of defense, you have that option. If you want more comprehensive care from your physician to improve your ACTUAL health and quality of life, you have that option as well.
We are a society based on “supply” and “demand”. If we DEMAND better quality physicians able to help us REALISTICALLY understand our roles and responsibilities in maintaining HEALTH (resulting in better quality lives), the SUPPLY of doctors capable of filling these needs will increase. If we continue to accept a lesser standard of care, the supply of lower quality physicians will remain the “demanded” standard.
If we’re going to pay doctors regardless, why not demand the highest standards to help us discover and achieve the highest quality of HEALTH and LIFE possible?