Ah, the joys of plagiarism.
"Yet the great secret of medicine is that almost everything we see will get better (or worse) no matter how we treat it. Usually better. The human body is exquisitely talented at healing. If bodies didn’t heal by themselves, we’d be up the creek. Even in an Intensive Care Unit, with our most advanced techniques applied, all we’re really doing is optimizing the conditions under which natural healing can occur. We give oxygen and fluids in the right proportions, raise or lower the blood pressure as needed and allow the natural healing mechanisms time to do their work. It’s as if you could put your car in the service garage, make sure you gave it plenty of gas, oil and brake fluid, and then expect the transmission to fix itself."
What a fabulous paragraph, even if the article is a couple of years old. Click on the quote above to read the rest of the article by Dr. Thomas A. Doyle. No, I don't know who he is or anything about him either, except for the bit of blurb at the end of the article. But he has some very interesting things to say, don't you think?
Change "America" for "UK", or anywhere else in the developed world, and I suspect that the same problems are present all over.
So what do you think? Does he have a point? Are we really a nation of wimps? More to the point, does the medical system here just pander to too much?
Case in point, particularly after the weekend just gone - The Booze Bus. Look at the photo. A transport ambulance, with a fully trained paramedic crew, loaded with three (that I can see, anyway) people who have nothing wrong with them other than an under-developed sense of responsibility and self-awareness. Should the health system really be paying for what is no more than a babysitting service for people who, a few years ago, would have spent the night in a police cell and woken up to a hangover, a steel door, a charge of drunk and incapable, and a large fine? Nothing's changed since then, except for the fear of litigation, and that in itself is well on its way to bankrupting our health system.
I know the arguments for and against the concept of the Booze Bus (or, Alternative Response Vehicle, to give it its official title). I understand both sides, and I know that had it have been available last night around where I was working, I would have had four fewer patients. Or at least different ones. But I still feel that society as a whole needs to realise that the days of personal responsibility need to return, that the pot of money is not unlimited, and that sooner or later, whether we like it or not, charges will have to be made on certain categories of patients. I just think that the Booze Bus is as good a place as any to start.