Medical Health System Fails Us

The success of any venture is measured by its results. The medical system, upon which we rely to help us remedy our health problems, must be examined in the same light.

So, has it resulted in better health in the community? Is there less disease, less abnormalities, less pain and suffering? Does it offer us remedies that cure our symptoms? Better still, has it the answers to the prevention of disease altogether?

Statistics are one way to answer our query but this information can be positively interpreted or otherwise. Statistics often distort the overview. So we must rely to a large extent upon our own judgement and observation of the state of the community as a whole and that of our own immediate family and friends.

It is difficult to gain an overview of the larger world but many people are more vitally interested in social issues perhaps than ever before. Problems faced in the medical world are common ones today with difficulty of shortage of doctors, overcrowded hospitals with shortage of nursing staff and the extended waiting times before patients receive treatment and care. So the public is not satisfied that the present health system is working for them.

In our country which is considered to be a wealthy one and has produced some astonishing scientific advances in medical surgery and other areas, the general public does not always experience direct benefits. One reason is because the troubled or inefficient management system in our hospitals has become inadequate in dealing with the treatment and care required for the great number of both physical and mental patients.

This of course indicates that our health educational system has not been able to keep us well – well enough not to need hospital treatment. For we have lost faith in the quality of care that is provided in hospitals if the reports given to the public are accurate. We hear of an inordinate number of cases of neglect or carelessness in hospitals. We learn that basic hygiene is not always followed.