“Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad” by Meghan O’Rourke

I feel something wrong in the U.S. medical system: Medical cares are not thorough or caring, while they are expensive – 1-night hospitalization could cost at least US$10,000.  The following quoted long article does give me some great observations.  A brief quote is copied below; the entire article is on this web page “Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad” by Meghan O’Rourke.

… what I [Meghan O’Rourke] really wanted all along was a doctor trained in a different system, who understood that a conversation was as important as a prescription; a doctor to whom healing mattered as much as state-of-the-art surgery did. What I was looking for, it turns out, was a doctor like Victoria Sweet, and the kind of care offered in, of all places, a charity hospital in San Francisco. A doctor who is able to slow down, aware of the dividends not just for patients but for herself and for the system: this is the sort of doctor Sweet discovered she could be in “the last almshouse in America,” as she calls Laguna Honda Hospital, a funky old facility for the destitute and chronically ill, where swallows flew through open turrets and 1,200 patients lay mostly in old-fashioned “open wards,” and where she worked for 20-some years. In her remarkable memoir, God’s Hotel, Sweet—who is also a historian of medicine versed in the medical work of the 12th-century nun Hildegard of Bingen—calls her radical solution for our sped-up health care “slow medicine.” Here is a doctor saying what patients intuitively know: being sick is draining, healing takes time, and strong medicine often has strong side effects.

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