Healthcare: a broken system?
The healthcare system is supposed to help you when you need help the most. When your health or even your life is on the line, you depend on your doctor, the hospital and your insurance company to come through for you. While they may have the best of intentions, your doctor and the rest of the medical system has both strengths and faults. If you’re struggling with a chronic or recurring MRSA or Staph, you need to know the weaknesses and pitfalls of the system and how to avoid them.
The medical system definitely has its strengths. If you break an arm or have another acute injury, conventional medicine can do a great job of helping you. But when it comes to longstanding chronic conditions like recurring infections, the system falls short and has little it can offer you. In fact, the standard protocols relied on by most doctors can actually make your infections grow worse.
The biggest drawback of the healthcare system is its failure to treat the root cause of recurring infections. Antibiotics may help in the short term, but they can actually make you more prone to future infections. While drugs can sometimes be lifesaving, most of these pharmaceutical products do nothing to address the cause of a disease. Instead, most drugs only address your symptoms and do nothing to actually fix the root problem.
The other big drawback of the system is how you get treated as a patient. “Standard protocol” treatments may keep costs down, but they rob you of the personalized care that you need and deserve.
Bucking the system
You don’t have to be a victim of a cold, impersonal healthcare system. There are ways to avoid the pitfalls and minimize the downsides of the system. You can also make the most of the system’s benefits and get better help from your doctor.
You get to make the ultimate decisions about what treatment methods you use. If used properly, your doctor and the system can help you, but only if you take your health into your own hands. Most good doctors would love to see their patients become more informed, involved and proactive in their health. The good news is if your current doctor isn’t giving you the support you need, you get to find a better doctor.
And if the standard protocols you receive stop working (or didn’t work to begin with), you can choose alternatives that better meet your needs. While you should always be under the care of a healthcare professional for MRSA or Staph, you have many more options than you might suspect when it comes to choosing a doctor.
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