How bad is this going to get before it gets better, before we remember that health care is not real estate or banking or auto sales? Health care is about life and death. It’s about quality of life. It’s about healing and wholeness. It’s about being spirits who live in bodies that sometimes get sick and need loving attention.
As a society, we’ve decided that while preventative health care is available only for those who can afford it, emergency health care is a right, not a privilege, so if any of the currently 40 million uninsured people show up in an ER having a heart attack, they’ll get treatment. But Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia suggests that perhaps we need to rethink this agreement, that perhaps if someone uninsured comes into a hospital suffering, we just kick them out or watch them die.
Really Justice Scalia? Is modern medicine going to go the way of veterinary medicine – only those who can afford treatment get it and we just put everybody else to sleep?
Uh uh. Not if I have anything to do with it.
The Holiness Of Health Care
You can’t legislate this stuff in Washington. Health care reform must be a grass roots effort. Doctors and patients must reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Politicians, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and lawyers need to listen up – so please hear me. It’s time to put money, greed, and the desire to win aside. We’ve lost sight of what really matters. As a society, we’ve forgotten that health care is our most basic right, not some privilege only rich people can afford.
Health care is holy – or it’s supposed to be. Feeling whole and healthy is your birthright.
What Can We Do?
As patients on a sinking ship, what can we do?
You can learn how to make the body ripe for miracles, as I’m writing about in my next book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House 2013) and as I spoke about in my TEDx talk. You can ask your body what it needs to heal – truly, deeply, at the root – and then be brave enough to take action and make healing changes in your life. You can resist the temptation to close your heart when you face serial heartbreak, as we all do, because keeping your heart open is preventative medicine and harboring resentment, anger, and unexpressed grief makes you sick. You can live in alignment with your truth, which not only prevents disease, it can cure it.
We can reclaim the lost heart of the doctor-patient relationship. We can make room for the sacred in medicine. We can stop making science our only God, which only drives up health care costs without making people more healthy. We can get back to the root of what it means to be in a healing relationship with someone who loves you and has your back.
When we do this, health care costs will go down. Doctors will feel more in touch with their callings, which will bring them more job satisfaction. Happier doctors will make happier patients, and happy patients will be less likely to sue someone who truly cares about them, even if they make a mistake.
The answers don’t lie in Washington. They lie within us.
What Do You Think?
I’d love your feedback. Please, dish!
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, Pink Medicine Revolutionary, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
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