Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
A few days ago I wrote about USA Today article “Study: Canadians Healthier than Americans.” The take home message of the article was socialized medicine in Canada is better that the medical system in America. I pointed out that the article had many defects in study design. The data derived from the study was poor. The study did not prove anything. It did however simply add noise to the debate.
On June 15, 2006 the Wall Street Journal published and article “Where would you rather be sick?” This article was to be the answer to the Canadian study. The article pointed out some of the defects in the Canadian study. The article then went on to state the survival rates for treating illness is far superior in the U.S than in Canada. Therefore when one becomes ill it is much better to be ill in the US under our system of healthcare than it is to get ill in Canada under their system of healthcare.
For the students of my blog, the facts in the WSJ article have nothing to do with the defects in our system. These defects must be repaired. A system that has 45 million uninsured, restricts access to care, daily creates more and more economic strain on every stakeholder in the system, and has the key element of the system (patient care and the physician patient relationships) deteriorating has problems that have to be fixed immediately.
As stated previously, we, physicians, know how to fix things that are broken better than any country on the planet. The healthcare system must learn how maintain health before complications occur. Fixing the complication absorb 80% of the healthcare dollar. Our fixing the complication of disease is what is bankrupting the system. The system has not been set up to maintain health. It is trying slowly but we are not even close.
We can not get distracted by noise or “Fooled by Randomness” fooled by random data. We must state focused as we work our way to the solution. In order to do this we “the patients and potential patients” must think critically and dismiss the noise we are exposed to daily.
Cecelia and I came to Boulder, to celebrate our 43rd Wedding Anniversary and Father’s Day with my two boys, Brad and Daniel, their wives, Amy and Laura and our granddaughter Sabrina. It has been a fabulous weekend. Forty three years feels like yesterday and the ride gets better each year. We are tremendously proud of our kids and their families.
Cecelia rented a PT Cruiser convertible. We drove all around Boulder like two teenagers the entire weekend. Our kids were and are great to us. Thanks for the wonderful weekend!
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