There's a lot I'd say on the matter, if we were all sitting around the dinner table.
But, one thing I'll mention here is that I believe most Doctors and Nurses got into healthcare to help people. I think most of them were motivated by noble intentions. While I was not a healthcare provider, I worked in Healthcare IT for 12 years and worked/talked with a LOT of Doctors (Oncologists, Radiologists, Trauma), Nurses, and MR/CT/X-Ray Technologists in that time.
Many of them are just as frustrated as patients. As previously mentioned by others, Doctors and Nurses actually DO want their patient to get better. Most don't want to simply write script
s, as people will boomerang-around again, because the actual cause of the condition was never addressed.
Also, it's important to acknowledge that the patients themselves are often the cause of the condition (knowingly or unknowingly) by making poor lifestyle choices. That's another rabbit hole on its own, with regard to education (see my previous comment on prevention) and compliance.
Finally, healthcare works have a lot of pressures on them, these days. More than many people realize. Insurance companies are part of the problem (see my previous comment on reimbursements), but there's also the ever-increasing focus on profits, consolidation in the healthcare sector, long hours, attrition, hospitals and hospital groups being run by "bean-counters," malpractice insurance, fear of litigation, maintaining licensure, etc.
Honestly, I'm not sure why people stay in the healthcare field, unless it's the desire to truly make a difference. I know plenty of people that make much more than most Doctors - and have less hassle.
Personally, I don't think the automatic response to "conventional" healthcare is to necessarily run to "Integrative" or "Functional" medicine practitioners. Like most things, there's good and bad in each camp.
After working with several "alternative" practitioners, I realized they don't have things all figured-out, either. Sadly, I think many physicians run to the "alternative" camp, because they can offer trendy, boutique services; pick-and-choose their clientele; offer expensive supplements and even more expensive testing (with high profit margins); and operate on a cash-only basis and not have to deal with insurance companies. By not having to deal with insurance companies, not only does that reduce their headaches and frustrations, but they also don't have to maintain extra staff to deal with all that paperwork.
Thus, we end-up with people like Mark Hyman, Josh Axe, Joe Mercola, and many others that show-up on the various "Summits." With lines of custom supplements, books, apps, consulting, etc., these folks are riding the trendy Functional Medicine wave and making a tsunami of cash.
Post Edited (The Dude Abides) : 3/21/2018 5:01:17 PM (GMT-6)