Like a child's first painting, anything and everything I want will be put here
i feel this way every time some one asks me to help them solve a calculus problem. every. single. time.
you know, i’ve been thinking for a while now, since ebola has been pretty viral in the news lately, why have people not talked about the drastic differences in our health care system and the systematic approach to these situations.
personally, i feel this situation highlights our very disjointed system in ways it has not directly done so before. for instance the difference between the power the states themselves have for treating health care and what the federal government’s role is. in reality there’s more power in the states. there is also the difference between treating patients and dealing with outbreaks of infectious disease agents. treating and caring for a regular patient who comes in for procedures and surgeries such as cancer, cardiovascular, or elective surgery is a different mindset than treating someone who has the potential to spread the disease. many people associate health with doctors, nurses and what they do, that is, to treat patients.
however, outbreaks go beyond just treating patients. outbreaks have the potential to impact the lives of thousands of people across a continent. with this scope in mind a different approach needs to be taken to address the matter at hand. a more public health approach where people deal with situations such as quarantine on a more serious level. not to say general health practitioners are not capable of accomplishing such a feat, its just maybe they need to be told and trained to be even more cautious around the infected patients and themselves. afterall, they are the people who stand with the highest risk to be infected due to the nature of being in close proximity of the disease.