According to the
July 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical
negligence is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Furthermore, nearly forty million people in the country do not have
access to healthcare. If we reexamined the antiquated educational
requirements currently needed to practice medicine, we could have a
plentiful supply of creative, compassionate, and reasonably priced
A Mindful Approach: A
reexamination of the current healthcare system finds that the root cause of
its problems is premedical education, most of which is irrelevant.
Healthcare System is the Third Leading Cause of Death: The American
healthcare system has failed to provide decent medical care for it's
citizens. Even more astounding, medical negligence is the country's third
leading cause of death.
Perspective: Cults are more prevalent in our society than most
people realize. They blur our mental vision and prevent us from
solving our problems.
The Problem With
Healthcare Delivery: The most serious problem with the present system is
that doctors frequently cannot diagnose, let alone cure, a patient's
Shame: A Major Reason
Why Most Medical Doctors Don't Change Their Views: How mind damage promoted
by dysfunctional education impairs judgment.
Patterns of Dysfunctional Education: A plan for functional, fast-paced,
and enjoyable medical education that emphasizes student-patient interaction.
A Vision of the
Future: Given the advances in modern technology, our medical system
seems strikingly primitive. We must understand and control events in the
body at a sub-microscopic level.
Alternatives: Traditional medical education is rigid, non-creative,
expensive, and directed toward learning information that is mostly
irrelevant and obsolete.
Reform And Medical Education: By today's standards, the educational
process of becoming a physician is extremely arduous and expensive, taking
twelve or more years, and costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Money And Appearances
In Health-Care Reform: True healthcare reform will require fundamental
changes of ideology, and cannot be achieved by simply spending more money.
A Specific Plan For
Medical Education Reform: We must eliminate rigid institutional
curriculums, and emphasize preventive medicine, outpatient treatment, and
functional medicine. The internet and an apprenticeship program would
be major parts of this.
In Medical Research: Research could take place in school laboratories,
which could be linked to scientists across the world via video-conferencing
Patient-Centered Learning Vs. Institutional Learning: The
non-institutional, patient-centered educational plan would produce an
abundant supply of compassionate, innovative, prevention-oriented doctors at
an extremely low cost.
Frequently Asked Questions:
You Can Change the
System: Concrete, cost free steps that you can take to change the
Most health-care activists present proposals for universal coverage,
submitting a long list of services that they desire everyone to have access
to, and then suggesting various sources of money to pay for these programs.
The financing, for the most part, involves taking money from one group's
pockets, and giving it to another. Plans following this general model
have been tried unsuccessfully in many countries throughout the world.
Their results have been far from satisfactory. We propose a solution
that costs no money, and will provide everyone - regardless of
socio-economic status - access to greatly improved healthcare.
Medical Reform: Many
healthcare reform efforts are at an impasse. Here's why.
The Formula: A
specific plan for medical reform, which costs no money, but is guaranteed to
save the public millions.
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