Health care is clearly in a crisis. We cannot, as either a nation or human race, continue to provide care in the way it has been given over the past few decades.
It makes sense to me and many others that the way forward is to focus more and more efforts on identifying the earliest signs of disease and implementing the methods that have been proven to forestall or prevent disease.
It makes no sense for the medical profession to jump in at the last possible moment, after damage has been done, to prevent the serious consequences of a disease process. By that point, we have created a situation where the patient will not die, but suffer horribly with chronic, debilitating disease. What is needed, and what is beginning to happen, is the ability for average citizens to see, in real time, the biometric data that will enable them to make better decisions.
In real time!
Stem cell research, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, and incentives for patients and providers alike aimed at promoting preventative therapies will lead us forward.
Most of the young physicians now entering medical school will still be practicing in 2060. There is no one alive who knows what health care is going to be like in 2015. We desperately need new, creative, "out of the box" thinkers in this field.
Continuing to provide health care they way we have in the past will not get the job done.
--Theodore W. Shively, DO