Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers advice for maintaining your mental health.
Today, I went to a lecture on health care. It was inocuous. The physician who wrote a book informed us that the U.S. medical system is 17th in the world. It is broken, wasteful, expensive and disorganized. He mentioned lots of fruitless attempts to work within a bad system, like doing more of the same. His lecture was fun and scary and truthful but he had no answers. He wants brainstorming, problem-solving, innovation, thinking outside the box and creativity, like he thinks we find in the business world, but admits that he doesn't know how to get it. He wants doctors to listen to patients, residents to get good supervision, and checks and balances in the system, but doesn't know where to begin. Everyone wants improvement and has ideas. Who's willing to make things less complicated, less litigious, less expensive, less corrupt? Step up, if you know.