Patient Neglect Has Largely Been Ignored Within The Health

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Patient neglect has largely been ignored within the health care system. In our current health care system, the reason patients are often being neglected and hurt is by the focus on profitability over caring. For things to improve, doctors and caregivers need to change how they think about patients. When going to the hospital, one shouldn’t have to question whether their life is in danger. Patients need to know more of what’s going on in the health care facilities, so they can make better decisions in the future. In Unaccountable, Dr. Marty Makary is a surgeon who works at John Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Makary has seen firsthand experience of modern medicine to save and heal the sick, but also the dangers of a business that lacks transparency…show more content…
In The Truth About Health Care, David Mechanic the director of the Institute for Health explains how health care in America has evolved in ways that favor economic, professional, and political interest over the patients. Mechanic states “The United States spends significantly more per person on health care than any other country but the evidence shows that care is often poor and inappropriate” (27). Money has played a big role in medical care and the quest for profits has become dominant, making meaningful reforms difficult to achieve. This proves that despite expenditures of over 1.9 trillion dollars, health care services remain fragmented and uncoordinated. Mechanic examines the strengths and weaknesses of our system and how it was evolved. “The failure to provide universal health insurance is a long-standing theme in American health policy discussions and an embarrassment for the best financed health system in the world” (49). Loss of public trust in medicine, the tragic state of long-term care, and the relationship of mental health to health care are areas often neglected. In Open-Ended Insurance
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