Another blog!! Dr. Koe’s blog!

Why our health care system is broken

This link above is to an article by CNN 12/22/15

I am going to try to keep this blog on one topic only and that is medicine and not farming!   It will be about how to make medicine more sustainable.  I understand that we will not solve the medical industries problems here.  But I hope I can let people know what it is like to be a family physician and how we have to deal with insurance companies and the government to provide medical care to the people who come into our clinic.  I had already posted on Facebook about medicine not being sustainable as our current system is going.  There are many organizations including the government who are trying to improve the situation but it is a long slow process.  I am not an expert on these changes coming up in the future by any means.  I only know what I have to deal with on a daily basis in my small clinic.  I am only one physician in a small clinic in a very small town.  I do have two CRNPs (certified nurse practitioners) who help me see my patients but they have nothing to do with the business aspect of our clinic.  I have a great office manager who has worked to learn as much as she can daily to help with the running of the business part of the clinic.  She has gotten a college education in our clinic over the last five years or so!!

I have always felt that change can occur through regular people demanding something different.  I watched the organic food system grow since the 1970s and 80s because small groups of people got together and formed food co-ops, meeting in homes in order to get food from warehouses when it was not available in stores.  Now, you can go to most grocery stores and find something organic.  We can do this with medicine also.  If we find ways to get medical care that is not ordinary and more and more people get on board then we can change the system from the bottom.  We just have to come up with ways to get insurance companies to change the way they do business.


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