Healthcare Problems and Solutions

Written by Gavin Palmer practicing a relationship with the Greatest Intentions

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Problem: Limited Supply of Healthcare Resources

Ignorance

The general problem of ignorance in healthcare demands the general solution of sensemaking in healthcare.

COVID-19

People report the COVID-19 pandemic leads to hospitals being overcrowded with COVID-19 patients which strains the healthcare system.

Short-term Solution: Allow Assisted Suicides

  • A better choice of words would be “improved hospice services” instead of “allow assisted suicides”.
  • People responded in a predictable way to my suggestion that assisted suicides would improve our healthcare system. I used a familiar word in a strange way. When I use the phrase “assisted suicide” people imagine euthanasia. I was merely thinking that an old person occupying vital resources needed by a younger person which they deem to have more responsibility and potential should be empowered to choose to go home and face death with honor. When I explained my thinking, I was told that I am thinking about “hospice”.

There are situations where patients should be allowed to know if they are occupying vital healthcare resources which could be given to other patients. A patient should be allowed to give their resources to other people. The patient’s pain and suffering could be eased with medications administered by volunteers.

  • I could be trained to administer pain medication to assisted suicide patients within 3 weeks.
    • These patients have indicated that they do not fear mistakes from volunteers.

Long-term Solution: Remove Barriers to Entry

Every person who is willing and able to provide professional healthcare services should have the opportunity to do so with minimal barriers to entry.

  • There should be no organizations which work to limit the supply of healthcare professionals.
  • The cost of becoming a healthcare professional should be as low as possible.
  • I could be trained to provide many healthcare services to COVID-19 patients within 3 weeks.