A medical system where patient harm is part of standard care, yes, here in the USA

The debates about health care reform frustrated me because our complex system of health care and culture of medicine were reduced to simple sound bites. People pushed the idea that changing the payment system would solve the problems. But I observed every day what I see to be the main driver of health care costs: the massive variation in the quality of care – across the country, within cities, and even within good hospitals. I saw this variation in quality and the alarmingly high error rates, and it hit me that unless we can be open and honest that up to 30 percent of health care is unnecessary, and that 1 in 4 hospital patients are harmed by a mistake, then we’re just going to be continuing to beat our heads against a wall trying to pay for a broken health care system, instead of fixing it. (and more about pharma's part in it too)

Thoughts about the change of seasons…fall is upon us, winter approaches

I'm loving the approaching fall this year!! The last several years I've dreaded the coming of winter...but not anymore...I embrace both the summer and winter of the planet and my own being too... Last year...as the seasons changed at the same time of year I wrote this: I wonder why if one’s feelings changes with... Continue Reading →

To the mental health professional, healer heal thyself

I spent about 15 years in social service agencies in the United States as a social worker serving folks with a large spectrum of mental health issues. What I learned is that, as a generalization, most mental health professionals are not comfortable with their own unchartered psyches and therefore, project their fear onto the people they are charged to help. This unconscious habit contributes in large part to the incredibly unsuccessful mental health system in our country. It's much more appropriate to call it a mental illness system as that is what it breeds and perpetuates. One of the many harmful ways this system manifests is in the massive over-drugging of individuals who exhibit difficult psychic material -- emotions, feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

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