An Infirmed Approach to Health Care

 

The current health care system has been set up in such a way that forces one to choose if they'd rather be healthy and on welfare, or would they prefer to tough it out and potentially wither away? The Hippocratic oath apparently says do no harm, and, pardon me, but I believe that is not limited to physically harming someone. No event is isolated, and addressing one's health has the domino effect of creating a major dent in one's finances, and this is for those few who are able to afford health insurance in the first place. So, what about those who can't? What about that little girl in the slums, at risk for so many health related complications, and at a disadvantage because of poverty which she can't control?

As far back as 1948, the World Health Organization defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

We need to get to a point in which the well-being of our minds is as much a part of your daily routine as is that route you jog every morning before work for your cardiovascular health. Mental health seems to have become the ugly duckling of sorts. People tend to fear what they don't understand, and the mind is no easy feat to conquer. We are still in the early days as it relates to the development of psychology, and uncovering the hidden landscape of the mind, so I think it's safe to say that we have ways to go.

A lot of exercises we do are thought to be preventative measures, to keep illnesses at bay. Would it then not be a good idea for the psychological community to place emphasis on exercising the mind, and keeping it nimble? Clearly, it won’t be the same as your run-of-the-mill workout session, but I believe that a portion of the public funds extended towards the health sector should be allocated to preventative measures, not only for our somatic bodies, but our minds as well. The threats to mental health we face day in, day out, are just as invisible as the mind, and chances are, by the time it is acknowledged that we may have a disorder, or even a minor snag going on upstairs, it's more far gone than we would have allowed any other part of our bodies to be. The mind isn't thought to be a part of our bodies, it's just that thing that is; it's that thing we seemingly can't control. What good is an able body without a sound mind to guide it?

The largest obstacle to the development of the psychological community is not a lack of funds. Two of the most populated countries in the world (one third of the world's population) acknowledged the deficit within the health sector, particularly that of mental health care, and decided to remedy the situation by injecting a new supply of funds for its improvement. The fact that less than 10% of their people are still being treated for their mental illness is a testament to the fact that money is not the answer to everything…or is it? Let’s break this down a bit:

•             Majority of the population in both countries have access to neither the community centers which have been erected, nor the mental health professionals which have been trained.

•             Over 600 million – of a population of approximately 1.26 billion - Indian citizens struggle to make ends meet.

•             In 2014, more than 82 million Chinese citizens lived below the poverty line. This figure only represents those in abject poverty, and not those just above the poverty line, but are still impoverished.

Coincidence? I think not. It's all good and well to pump money into the health sectors of the world, to improve the infrastructure. I support that 100%. However, I think it is nonsensical to provide a service such as health care with a niche in mind, because that is essentially what is being done in countries such as these. Health care is expensive, there is no going around that, but if humans are the most important resource there is, can you really put a price on health?


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