Ranting: Do We Know What We Want?

This is a little bit of a rant set off by the current market / political situation.  First, I know we all think of this as a bailout…apparently the messaging is 20:1 in DC from their constituents.  I wonder how many of those people are the same people that wanted loose credit standards so that more people could afford houses and people could get bigger houses.

Blaming the banks is like blaming the auto companies for making SUVs.  They are giving the consumers what they want.  If consumers are willing to buy it, someone is going to make it.

But, this has lots of application in healthcare.  We are critical of the fast food companies for contributing to our obesity epidemic, but we don’t want government regulation and we don’t self-regulate.  We want to stay compliant with our medications, but we forget and don’t want to be told what to do.  We want to have unlimited access to care, but we don’t take preventative steps…we wait until it’s an emergency.  We don’t want prices to go up, but we want to have every possible test done using the latest technology.

So…why do we shift blame around?  We need to understand the long-term implications of our decisions from wanting the bigger house to driving the SUV to eating whatever we want.

3 Responses to “Ranting: Do We Know What We Want?”

  1. George,

    I wouldn’t call that a rant. I would call it reality. The only other thing I would add is that the health system as a whole has propagated an entitlement culture for everyone, not just consumers. There is a huge misalignment of incentives across the healthcare value chain and absolutely little to no accountability from health providers to health consumers about the decisions and actions that are being made. We live in an instant gratification society and it is much easier for consumers to shift blame and rationalize why they are entitled to the best care without having any “skin” in the game. I think you stated what many of us in this field see on a regular basis – common sense is not prevailing.

  2. Your definitely right George. Some people just don’t realize the value of thinking twice before making a decision. As you said, long-term events can affect today’s economy and our budget.

  3. George – Well put. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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