I believe, that increased health and reduced pressure and costs on the conventional healthcare system, require a paradigm shift where we realise, that we all have a responsibility for how it has become. The shift is about the following:
1) We doctors must realise that we mainly are treating symptoms and not the cause for the symptoms. And when we keep on doing so the workload increases: new symptoms may continue to pop up elsewhere in the body and in the society.
2) We doctors can never take the responsibility for another human’s life, as we truly don't know how it is to be that person, and we cannot make their choices in life. To choose is to trust, also in surrendering the choice to another person.
3) The patients are their own best control, not the doctor or any test. And every test is a snapshot a glimpse in time based on arbitrary values, which does not necessarily relate to the specific patient in front of us or predict their well being at the long term.
4) People must take responsibility for their way of living, and the way they relate to others, and themselves. There is no one out their to blame for their condition as the ability to create symptoms arises from within. And they can't blame themselves either as we also learn by seeing, listening, imitating and doing. We have to take the responsibility back, not the blame.
5) We should all do our very best to reduce fear and anxiety in ourselves and in others, as we know that fear and anxiety trigger the stress response, and many stress symptoms may be aggravated to a disease if they last long enough.
6) All of our well meant advises and recommendations along with the many stories we tell each other and ourselves are mostly build on fears not facts. And they often spread more fears than facts.
7) We could start acknowledging each other for each of our way of being and doing it brings relaxation and reduces stress. In other words loving through connecting instead of separating through differentiating.
8) Keep it simple... Complexity, and lots of possibilities and choices brings chaos and fear and anxiety and more symptoms. Simple questions can reduce complexity to simplicity like the ones: "What is most important right now ? And "What is most important in life?".
9) Those of us who are not able to take care of our health either it is briefly or lasting are surrounded with people who are, and who will be able to support in many different ways, as we humans have different needs. So to open up for complementary health care will reduce the pressure on the conventional healthcare system. Assurances, public private and charity may finance it all.
To get there we have to become more conscious about our own and our common existence. Why do we get symptoms at this specific time in our life? A lot of teaching education and individual awareness training is needed. And luckily there are lots of people out there skilled to do so for less money than the much more expensive and certainly still needed conventional healthcare system.
The long term effect will be less patients in the hospitals and fewer “ just in case” examinations caused by fears, and more time for the doctors to treat and understand why their patients get the symptoms at first hand, and perhaps refer them to the needed help for this specific situation. And it is not necessarily and only medical intervention. The long-term effect is reduced costs as people get fewer symptoms and when they get they learn to handle them easier and faster. Further on there will be less cost to assurances and patient courts etc. as we all know that all of us have a part of the responsibility, and sometimes mistakes happens, even though we do our very best. Further on down to earth we all know that life is uncontrollable and miracle happens.
It is visionary...... and it is a hard work ahead of us, as we have to keep on reminding us that competition increased pace and striving for power leads to more stress and symptoms.
But so far what have the actual system brought us? In the wealthiest part of the world like the small country Denmark, we have never been so sick (mentally and physical). I mean we have never before applied so many diagnosis…and "discovered" so many new dis'eases, and they are expensive at the personal level, at the social level and for our common health care system.