As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The "problem" with possessing a variety of knowledge from various disciplines is that you realize the inter-connections, and connections between each. The reason why I said problem is because individuals who are from a particular field, possess a particular specialist knowledge, or have carried out specific works over a period of time, don't see the value of the inter-connections. This thought also holds true for academic disciplines. Once you are in a specific field, everyone wants to defend that field, and think that it is the best. These thoughts can be related to the field of psychology, and sociology. Both are social sciences. One introspects at the level of the individual, the other with a focus on groups. One is not better than the other. The way I see it is that both disciplines, while focusing on their specific areas, can each borrow and lend from each other. We can take another example, that of the medical industry. It is well known that pharmaceutical companies pay for researchers to endorse their drugs, because there is a desire to make profit. But the industry and professionals, know too well about the trial and error of drugs given to patients. This murder and taking advantage of patients through healthcare must be stopped and re-thought. The age old medical model, and the archetype created of the all knowing, all powerful doctor, who possesses the power, the status to treat and diagnose is not true. Every decision is based on professional judgement. The judgment is regulated, and is also prone to error. So this is where we can identify gaps that I spoke of earlier. The fooling of the patient can only stop from within the healthcare system. Where practising professionals use the knowledge and tools they have from a lens that is ethical. And also the patient, by informing the self.
There are so many new emerged and emerging technologies, new philosophies, and avenues for healthcare. Why not think about how we can merge these? For example: The patient who has anxiety might be given pills, but it is also well known that the patient can be healed with therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and herbal remedies. But the average patient who cannot afford these avenues will turn to the prescription, that is financially covered for them. But what if healthcare also covered the holistic healing methods as well? Do you think that the health of the population, between the rich and the poor would be levelled? I think that there would be improvement.
As technologies advance, the health and prosperity of a nation, so too should the services that are offered and received to and for the public. Prosperity is not about making the public purse bulge so much. It involves expenditure for the public, improving services for individuals, communities, and society. This is the true essence of why leaders are called to serve.
I have always advocated for universal healthcare. Universal healthcare does level the playing field somewhat, there is that artificial sense for sure. The quality of care depends on how you navigate the services, also often depending on luck. Whilst there is some sort of equity, I also think that much more improvements can be made. We have reached a time where important question such as: Is it ok to regulate and approve chemicals, and not ok to regulate and approve natural ingredients? Why one and not the other? The present day society, and future generations are certainly at a loss if we don't start to think about borrowing / lending / and including holistic health care, and eliminating barriers of access to these.