Although Modern Medicine is particularly good at treating acute medical emergencies, acute surgical emergencies, medical crises, acute infections, any type of trauma, hormone deficiencies, some cancers and replacing damaged joints and organs, it is not very good at dealing with the majority of problems that patients go to their Primary Care Physicians for. Most of these problems are chronic diseases, which are increasing exponentially and are now the principal cause of disability in the USA.
Already there is evidence that children born today will have on average a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to this rising incidence of chronic diseases (the first time in many generations). This rising prevalence of chronic disease is going to be a huge challenge for the health care system.
From a financial standpoint, this means an already exorbitantly expensive system is going to get much worse. In 2007, we spent $2.4 TRILLION on health care in the USA and by 2012 the figure is projected to be well over $3 trillion. This represents 17 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
The United States spends more than $480 billion each year on health care than any other industrialized nation. In addition, those countries provide health insurance to all their citizens, whereas almost 46 million Americans are uninsured, including 8 million children. And in spite of this, The U.S. is only 15th out of 25 industrialized countries measuring leading health indicators.
Everyone agrees that the health care system is facing a looming crisis and that something has to be done to change this broken unaffordable system. Unfortunately most of the models being assessed are more about how to pay for it and how to create universal access (both noble desires). Yes, everyone should have access to health care and yes, we need to not only bring down the cost but we need to make it more effective as well. But to really fix the system, we need to change the way health care is delivered as well as paid for. We need to provide effective preventive care and chronic disease management. Modern Western Medicine does not offer this and Doctors are unfortunately not trained at present to deliver this kind of health care.
So until we can rely on Doctors to teach us prevention or how to maintain health, it is essential that you the reader gets educated and takes responsibility for your own health care.