An intriguing link at Slate. Among the lessons learned:
1) How colossally broken the U.S. health care system is.
- How monumentally undereducated/misguided about health/medicine/ethics the people legislating health care are.
- How desperately most physicians avoid thinking about the problem; indeed, how many actively contribute to it in order to chase “patient satisfaction,” the end-all-be-all these days in the highly political hospital world.
- How mercilessly this hurts patients, particularly the underserved.
2) How uninvested most patients are in their own health.
- How lazily most people would rather take a pill to control their obesity or cholesterol instead of watching less TV and getting up to exercise.
- How massively undereducated people are about basic nutrition facts that didn’t have to be explained to their ancestors just a few generations ago.