System ignorance. It is incredibly blinding. It is incredibly powerful. And it is incredibly pervasive.
But it’s bliss.
It’s also the reason we find health care in its current state.
Some blame doctors for ordering too many tests. Some blame administrators for focusing on the bottom line. Some blame insurance companies for their profit taking. Some blame the government for participating too much. Some blame the government for not participating enough. Some blame patients for being uninsured or for not participating in care decisions.
Some + Some + Some + Some + Some + Some = Big Problems
As the problems in health care have mounted over time, it turns out the easiest and most plausible solution to such problems is to retreat and protect vested interests. It becomes a turf war instead of a collaborative to find fixes. System ignorance. Local focus.
While all stakeholders are partly to blame (granted, some more than others) for the “health care situation,” placing blame is an exercise in futility. The state of health care is a product of its past. Past decisions (among all stakeholders) have made turf protection modus operandi.
Some very good people are working hard to fix all kinds of problems. But solutions can’t be constructed in a vacuum. Unanimous agreement is (for all intents and purposes) impossible.
It has to, it’s our only way out. Here’s to collaboration. A lot of it.