Fixing the Healthcare System: Can We Do It?
I’ve been rather amazed at the response I’ve gotten over the past couple of months to my posts on dizziness, vertigo, anxiety, panic attacks, and heart palpitations in perimenopause. Every now and then it seems you hit a nerve with certain blogging topics, and those posts certainly did.
The thyroid dysfunction connection also roused a hearty response as well. I suspect it is due to the fact that women clearly experience these symptoms, and they intuitively know they are related somehow to perimenopause. Yet, far too many physicians still insist they have nothing to do with perimenopause at all.
It’s enough to make you nuts.
I hope I’m not adding to this problem with all my rabble rousing ways. It is not my intention. It’s just that when I see a problem screaming for a solution, and no one seems to be addressing it (e.g., the “issues” with properly testing for thyroid dysfunction), something inside of me just wants to turn over the apple cart so that somebody will take notice.
But don’t get me wrong. As confrontational as I can be at times, I’m not trying to create ill will between you and your physician. I’m simply trying to arm you with as much information as possible, so that when you seek help for your perimenopause symptoms, whatever they may be, you don’t walk away feeling that you are no better off than you were when you went in.
The way I see it, there are a variety of ways to look at this problem. For example, medical sexism still abounds toward women and their reproductive health issues in 2013, and we are no closer to eradicating these attitudes than we were decades ago. That’s the unvarnished truth.
While I certainly acknowledge this, I personally find that dwelling on it too much not only makes one angry, but it also makes it more difficult to see other issues which are just as much as part of the problem, in my opinion. Such as the glaring fact that the medical system itself is broken, plain and simple. And quite frankly, I only see the problem getting worse, not better, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare.
Say what you want about the altruism and compassion which is supposedly behind the passage of Obamacare. I won’t argue that. But I will say that if you’re already frustrated with the decline in quality medical care because the system is bloated with bureaucratic red tape, well, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
I also do not wish to be a harbinger of gloom and doom. Frankly, it doesn’t help anything, and it only makes people feel worse. But, you don’t cure cancer by calling it a cold, and you don’t solve problems by cloaking them in euphemisms. So let’s take off our rose colored glasses and call things as we see them, shall we?
For starters, as I’ve already stated before, I strongly recommend the book, The Thyroid Solution, by Dr. Ridha Arem, M.D. It’s a great resource to have if you are suffering with the aforementioned symptoms.And for whatever it’s worth, I will be attending a screening of the new documentary film, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, at my university.
Afterward, there will be a panel discussion with some local healthcare professionals. Provided my head doesn’t explode, I’m hoping that I will be able to take something of value away from it. Because, believe it or not, I don’t sit down every day to write these blog posts just to hear myself talk. I sincerely want to see some change in our healthcare system. I suspect all of you do, too.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.