Failing Healthcare System
With a system that is failing both patients and. healthcare practitioners, how can doctors offer excellence while still staying afloat financially and not burning out? Dr Dalal Akoury, Founder of HealPreneur magazine, shines a light onthe current issues and shares her vision and aim of the publication. Most doctors feel trapped in the current healthcare system and don’t feel empowered or equipped to provide excellent care for their patients. Excellent care means giving patients a choice. The “system” (health insurance companies and big pharma) is in control of how doctors run their practice and heal their patients. If doctors want to offer alternative/holistic care as a better option for patients, insurance companies do not support them.
Doctors, healthcare professionals and patients alike are tired of assembly-line medical care. The current healthcare system is based on sickness or acute care rather than focusing on optimization, regeneration,
prevention, maintenance and detoxification. It does not focus on the whole being of a person, their environment or emotional state which may be affecting their physical health. Healthcare facilities are almost like patch-up stations!
Science is at least ten years ahead than what is currently clinically-practiced as doctors wait for FDA clearances. There is an enormous lag between actual science and its application. No real investments are being made in understanding the effects of food, sleep deprivation and environmental toxins on the development of diseases. Furthermore, “physician burnout” has become an epidemic as doctors are unable to renew and regenerate their energy between call nights and days in the offi ce
attending to patients. They feel emotionally drained and physically exhausted as they are limited to what their employers and insurance companies allow them to offer patients. This results in doctors displaying indifference or negative and unfriendly attitudes toward patients and their concerns for their health.