Link: What one med student learned about health care

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.

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