Thursday, March 13, 2014

5 Things I Didn't Know About Health Care (Until I Got Sick)

"Sick people with potentially curable illnesses are shunted around between separate specialists who don't pay attention to anything except the body part they've been trained to focus on, a problem known as care fragmentation "
"When it comes to unexplained symptoms, doctors have never been very good at saying, "Wow, I really don't know what is causing this problem. Perhaps we'll know in the future, when we have flying cars and such." Instead, patients are often told that they're hypochondriacs, mentally ill, or just plain faking it to get attention. This is still happening today, with little-understood conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. And don't think you can avoid this by developing a relatively well-known illness: You can have a medical condition that's been in the scientific literature for decades, but if your doctors were asleep in class that day, they'll be happy to call you a hypochondriac, too. Several doctors did it to me."
"maybe medical science could notice this historical trend of misdiagnosing legitimate illnesses as hysterical lies, and admit that if a bunch of people all start having the same physical symptoms, maybe they're not all just anxious or trying to get attention? Because trust me, there are many ways to get attention, and any of them would be more fun"

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