WHAT WILL HAP­PEN?

Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nutrition - John Gey­man, MD, is pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of fam­ily medicine at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton School of Medicine in Seat­tle. // johngey­manmd.org

This is still an open ques­tion with the an­swer based on pol­i­tics. It will de­pend on whether a na­tional grass­roots re­sponse to the in­creas­ingly un­fair and dys­func­tional health­care sys­tem we have to­day can over­come the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal power of the many cor­po­rate stake­hold­ers in our med­i­cal-in­dus­trial com­plex. As health­care pro­fes­sion­als, we will all find clin­i­cal prac­tice more sat­is­fy­ing and our pa­tients hap­pier and health­ier if we can achieve uni­ver­sal cov­er­age, as pro­posed by Teddy Roo­sevelt in 1912, for the first time in more than 100 years.

Fig­ure 1 il­lus­trates where we are now as to the fu­ture of US health­care.

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