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The Perfect Healthcare System

written by Head Health Nutter August 20, 2010

Who’s got a beef with their country’s healthcare system? If you do, read this post and help me dream up the perfect healthcare system!

Canada’s healthcare system is one of the best in the world and while I’m grateful for it, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth and a strong resistance to seeking health assistance (which I commented on in the post, “Healthcare? Or is it really Sickcare?“).

One day this week I became ill and not only was I in pain, the entire day was shot for fun and productivity. Poo.

On the positive side, I had some time to contemplate and imagine a healthcare system designed to promote health and well-being, rather than a reactive response to illness and disease.

Here are a few aspects of my healthcare nirvana:

  1. More life skills, less algebra. Who really uses algebra in adulthood? Why spend precious hours in school learning reams of useless, impractical information when we could be learning how to cope with daily life? Illness and disease is directly related to stress so I say let’s start teaching younger generations things like: social skills, conflict resolution, money management, healthy living practices (nutrition & exercise) and healthy stress management techniques.
  2. East meets West approach. The inherent wisdom of the East is severely lacking in contemporary medicine. I’d love to see the day where our entire healthcare system combines what works in western medicine with what works in natural medicine.
  3. Replace General Practitioners (GPs) with Naturopathic Docs (NDs). This might be a little out-there for most people but what I mean is reserving the skills of Medical Doctors (MDs) for life-threatening instances, such as emergencies and surgeries, as well as illnesses and diseases that have gone too far. This would leave diagnosing the early stages of illness and disease, as well as treating core issues causing them, up to the skills and knowledge of Naturopathic Doctors.
  4. More money towards public health education. It’s time healthcare systems become proactive. How? By providing people what they need to take responsibility for their own health. It begins with knowledge, though, so I picture a system where huge funds are directed towards the prevention of illness and disease by educating the entire population (not just kids in school, as in #1) about how to properly care for and maintain balance in our bodies. Where do we get the money for such a thing? Let’s start with capping CEO salaries to $100,000 and insist pharmaceutical companies give back to society.
  5. Emotional alchemy. This one is aligned with #1 and #4 but I thought it deserved its own point. What causes stress? Emotional responses to perceptions of circumstances (reality). Negative thoughts and emotions are toxic energy. If they aren’t processed and released, they stay in the body. So let’s learn realistic optimism and transform those negative emotions into positive ones. Sandra Ingerman teaches some really easy practices for emotional alchemy in her new book, “How to Thrive in Changing Times” which I reviewed recently.
  6. Trusted agency-regulated nutritional supplements. This is a topic that I’ll be covering in an upcoming post but suffice it to say, nutritional supplement industry standards are sub-par at best. There are many sold on the market today that go right through your body without any benefit whatsoever.
  7. Social health insurance that includes natural medicine. Many insurance agencies out there cover natural medicine and alternative therapies, like acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic, in their health packages. In conjunction with #3, why doesn’t our healthcare system in Canada cover it? Anyone have ideas?
  8. Items NOT covered under perfect social healthcare. Realistically, if our ideal healthcare system were to provide everything for free to the public, we’d be paying taxes through the nose! Let’s say the social health insurance would NOT cover: unnecessary surgeries (and there are more than you might realize when you read Dr. Null’s “Death By Medicine,” another book I recently reviewed); most pharmaceuticals (they usually cause more damage than help); and most natural health products (except for agency-regulated daily nutritional supplements).
  9. Affordable healthy food & high-priced junk food. The price of cigarettes is astronomical in order to deter people from buying them but junk food is arguably JUST as addictive and harmful. (Read my book review on Dr. Robert Pretlow’s “Overweight, What Kid’s Say: what’s really causing the childhood obesity epidemic?“) I understand why organic food is more expensive but what I don’t understand is why we even need organics! Isn’t it a no-brainer that chemicals are toxic, no matter how small the dosage, it builds up in the system over time. And don’t even get me started on how commercial farms treat animals – besides inhumane treatment, we consume their stress hormones! If you haven’t seen it, here’s a clip from the documentary, Food Inc.
  10. High-priced pharmaceuticals. Just like cigarettes in Canada and junk food in our perfect healthcare system, we’d raise the prices on toxic pharmaceuticals. Sure, there might be a few out there that are useful but I doubt it. Perhaps someone with more pharmaceutical and alternative medical knowledge can help with this one?

Can you add to this list? Are there any points that need tweaking? Let’s hear what you think would make the perfect healthcare system!

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7 comments

Dee August 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

WOW ~ Such a brilliant post Steph!! And I hope you are feeling much better now too. If only we could ALL be so pro-active and productive when we’re sick!

But I couldn’t agree wth you more about what is happening to our SICK care system, and feel so strongly that it will soon be taking its last gasping breaths if something drastic isn’t done to FIX it immediately! This challenge you present is so important that I will have to give it much serious thought before I come back with any suggestions. I will also be sharing your Live Lighter link to this post with everyone I know via email, facebook and twitter. THANK YOU my friend. We need many more Health Nuts iike YOU. Standby… and be well. 😀

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Steph a.k.a. Head Health Nutter August 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

Thank you SO much for your well wishes, Dee, (I’m 100% again) and for your enthusiastic, encouraging and passionate response to this post!

I’m really looking forward to hearing your suggestions on the ideal healthcare system and thank you for spreading the challenge to others. I know, as Sandra Ingerman relates in her teachings, that if enough people focus on solutions rather than the problems, we have the power to create crazy, unimaginable change. 🙂

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Robert Pretlow, MD August 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm

We don’t have to be cynical about the healthcare system to be skeptical. For example, there is an enormous amount of technology that is not being utilized for healthcare, because insurance companies, including Medicare, won’t pay for it. Telemedicine, such as home monitoring via the Internet of conditions like high blood pressure or heart failure, is not insurance reimbursable, even though it would facilitate better care and extend the life of patients. There’s the rub, “extend the life of patients.” A physician/manager in a large insurance / hospital consortium in Germany confided to me that “Insurance companies don’t want to pay for home monitoring, because it will result in people living longer, which will cost insurance companies more money.” You might say, “That’s ridiculous, I don’t believe insurance companies would be so callous.” Nonetheless, the president of a U.S. – based patient advocate foundation confided to me that CMS (Medicare) told her exactly the same thing. Refusal to pay for obesity treatment by insurance companies might also result from a sinister hidden agenda. Why would insurance companies pay for the complications of obesity like strokes and heart attacks, rather than paying for treatment of the cause? We need to be cognizant of hidden agendas in the healthcare system. – Robert Pretlow, MD, author of Overweight, What Kid’s Say: What’s really causing the childhood obesity epidemic?

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Steph (a.k.a. Head Health Nutter) August 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Thank you for commenting and for sharing your information with us, Dr. Pretlow.

I knew our North American healthcare systems were flawed, and that many of the policy makers are “in bed” with the pharmaceutical industry – but I never considered the insurance industry having an influence the system. (Seems likely because of their financial power, though, now that you mention it.)

I think we should add another point to the above list:

11. Every organization involved with our healthcare system works together with the common goal of treating the root cause of disease and illness.

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Dr. J. H. Lapointe, MD September 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I AGREE THAT HEALTH CARE IS SICK!! NOT SO BAD IN CANADA WHERE EVEN A STREET CLEANER THEORETICALLY HAS ACCESS TO QUADRUPLE BYPASS… BUT HAS TO WAIT FOREVER FOR ACCESS TO THE “UNIVERSAL” YET MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM.

‘I AM SURE THAT EATING DISORDERS, OBESITY AND BAD NUTRITION CAN AND SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO LOWER THE RESULTING BURDEN ON OUR HEALTH CARE RESOURCES. ULTIMATELY, THE HEALTH ISSUES FROM OBESITY RELATED DISEASES AND CONDITIONS DRAIN THE SYSTEM AND THIS CAN BE COMPLETELY PREVENTED WITH BETTER EDUCATION AND NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS. EVEN DOCTORS AREN’T TAUGHT BASIC NUTRITION AND FAIL TO COUNSEL PATIENTS ON CRITICAL LIFESTYLE CHANGES. WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS. TIME CONSTRAINTS, LACK OF CARING, NON COMPLIANT PATIENTS, THE USUAL EXCUSES.

HOWEVER, TOO MANY ARE USING DECEPTION TO SELL MIRACLE DRUGS FOR INSTANT CURES, OVERPRICED PRODUCTS TO GULLIBLE PEOPLE, USELESS DEVICES TO REDUCE FAT EFFORTLESSLY… REMEMBER – NO PAIN,NO GAIN. THERE ARE NO MIRACLE PILLS TO BURN FAT AND LOSE UP TO 55 POUNDS A MONTH WHILE EATING ‘NORMALLY’ WISHFUL, EXPENSIVE THINKING. WE ARE A NATION OF SEDENTARY PEOPLE WHO DON’T EXERCISE ENOUGH, AND OUR CHILDREN ARE NOW DYING BEFORE THEIR PARENTS SIMPLY FOR LACK OF EDUCATION, MOTIVATION, FUNDING FOR EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTATIVE CARE.

PERHAPS IT IS TIME TO MARRY ALTERNATIVE OR COMPLEMENTARY MEDICAL COVERAGE TO THE CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM.

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Head Health Nutter September 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Hi Dr. Lapointe, thanks for taking the time to read this post and comment!

I’m curious, are you a Canadian or American MD?

Yes, you’re totally right about how our society is prone to convenience and quick fixes. Hopefully this will change soon, though, before our ill-health completely drains the systems! We really need to come up with a system that is self-sustainable – where EVERYONE takes responsibility for their own health. I believe marrying alternative medicine with allopathic is a step in the right direction.

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