It's All About Prevention and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

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"Health care is never going to really help the millions of Americans who are obese, who smoke, who drink and don't take care for themselves,'' writes Dr Erika. "Lack of Prevention will only help the drug companies, insurance company trusts, surgical suppliers and technological testing companies make more money at the public's expense."

The patient is another symptom or disease, a nuisance, someone to protect yourself from, to get rid of as fast as possible until the entire profession becomes a mere conveyor belt of human parts.

America boasts the best standard of living in the world, yet we have fallen behind in all health care parameters except spending, writes Erika Schwartz MD in her latest blog at http://www.drerika.com.

She says the current debate in the media about health care reform features a lot of rhetoric and pundits listening to themselves talk, but is missing a key topic: Prevention.

"Health care is never going to really help the millions of Americans who are obese, who smoke, who drink and don't take care for themselves,'' writes Dr Erika. "Lack of Prevention will only help the drug companies, insurance company trusts, surgical suppliers and technological testing companies make more money at the public's expense."

She says you cannot begin to address prevention when the real implementers of prevention aren't even part of the discussion.

"I'm referring to the doctor-patient relationship which ultimately makes or breaks the entire system. Remember Dr. Marcus Welby? Remember when doctors were beloved and patients were respected and cared for? Those were the days when the cost of healthcare was not prohibitive. In those days genomics and MRIs were scarce but good will and health were abundant. What changed?"

Dr Erika is concerned that medical training in the U.S. which is funded by a combination of federal, state, endowments and special interest (primarily drug company) monies.

She says that by the time a doctor finishes training he or she becomes a prescription drug pusher, a product utilizer, a physician who will send every patient for myriad of senseless and intimidating tests, surgical procedures and the ubiquitous hospital stay.

"The patient is another symptom or disease, a nuisance, someone to protect yourself from, to get rid of as fast as possible until the entire profession becomes a mere conveyor belt of human parts. "
Dr. Erika feels strongly that "Physicians have a one master; the patient. To serve the patients and no one else, to refuse to be brainwashed and to open our minds and hearts to providing the best care in kindness will save the healthcare system".

Her extensive expertise in the field have convinced her that: "To change the present predicament physicians must focus on keeping the patients healthy, on prevention".

"This involves learning nutrition to provide nutritional advice, lifestyle and exercise advice as well. And one more thing: physicians must learn to take care of themselves. They must start to address their own diet, exercise, sleep, stress and lifestyle issues to become examples of healthy living and prevention. I bet that approach will help improve the health care system in a heartbeat".

http://www.DrErika.com is dedicated to providing an independent, honest view on healthcare topics and issues from a position of devoted patient advocacy.

Its founder, Erika Schwartz, MD is an internationally-recognized patient advocate, practicing physician, expert in conventional and integrative medicine, author of four books and a frequent guest on TV and radio. DrErika.com doesn't tailor its stories to suit sponsors - it does not accept sponsors.

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