Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Health Care Problems Archive

The Health Care Problems Archive: "The health care system in the United States is broken. Proposed fixes abound. But in order to fix the system successfully we must first understand how, why and where it's broken. Imagine you have a sore knee. You go to see an orthopedist. The orthopedist asks you how the injury happened, how severe the pain is, in what way does it hurt (burning, sharp pain, aching etc.). The orthopedist pushes and pulls your knee into positions you never thought possible. The orthopedist may order x-rays and/or an MRI of your knee. Only after all information from these diagnostic steps has been assembled does the doctor fully understand the problem. Only then can he or she make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan. The Health Care Problems Archive is dedicated to gathering information for the same purpose the orthopedic surgeon gathers information: to make possible diagnosis and treatment of a problem. Unlike the doctor, however, The Health Care Problems Archive does not attempt diagnosis or prescription. That's left to the reader. The Health Care Problems Archive does the first part of the surgeon's job. It collects information and assembles it for study. You can participate in two ways. First, you can share your experiences of shortcomings with the current health care system. Your writing will be identified only by your state and your profession. "

This is a great way to create a community to identify what's wrong. Of course, fixing it will be much harder !

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