Change is hard. We are comfortable with familiarity. Why fix it if it’s not broken? Why fix it if it still works? It doesn’t matter if it’s slow, inconsistent, and makes too many errors.
That’s healthcare today in America. It’s broken, but because the wheels keep turning, there is no infrastructure or reform bill.
Disabilities due to medical errors are leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States of America. The ripple effect of medical errors leading to health disabilities changes a patient’s life forever.
Without health, you have nothing. A painful lesson I learned after the head injury. My dreams collapsed, and so did my world.
The change occurred so abruptly and rapidly. I didn’t have time to prepare. Life was good, and then it sucked. I kept spinning my wheels, trying to do the same things with a different mind and body.
Affirmations and quotes helped me heal. “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.” I repeatedly hit a brick wall until I embraced change and removed the mindset that weighed me down. I am not my past. I am who I choose to become.
In Massachusetts, disparities will worsen until the system aligns itself with the principle of ‘do no harm’ regardless of race, creed, or gender. Imagine the cost savings, billions of dollars, and the improved quality of life if healthcare was designed to improve health rather than make money.