Healthcare has a long way to go before it fully provides care for our health. Wellness is our destination, but not all healthcare leads to wellness. Some healthcare merely operates in servitude to the healthcare system, keeping practitioners trapped in a frustrating place, consciously or unconsciously, of being unable to provide genuine healthcare that leads to wellness. Meghan O’Rourke summarizes it well (“Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad” The Atlantic, October 14, 2014):
“Health care in the United States operates predominantly on a fee-for-service basis, which rewards doctors for doing as much as possible, rather than for offering the best care possible.”
Healthcare practitioners doing things does not guarantee wellness. Exactly what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what their overall strategy is all determine whether wellness is attained. If our healthcare system is truly going to live up to its name, then that means every healthcare practitioner needs to focus on delivering the best care possible. If we do that, then and only then, will we move toward wellness.