Healthcare Providers Better Learn From The Mistakes Of Politicians Or We Will Cease To Exist
Ask anyone what he/she thinks of politicians and what will the response be? Foolish. Untrustworthy. Greedy. Money motivated. Lies. Deception. Argumentative. Close-minded. Ineffective. Inefficient.
My next question is…Why is that the case? The answer (from someone who is in no way, shape, or form a political expert) is that politicians did it all by themselves. As Jacob Marley says in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The point here is that politicians were once the most powerful and influential people in the world, but due to consistent abuse, arguing amongst each other, deceit, ulterior motives, poor results, and greed of power, ego, and money, they are now laughed at by those whom which they serve. Their people have looked elsewhere for influencers. Individuals like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk are far from politicians yet have had more power and global influence than any politician has had in a very long time. News flash…the exact same thing is happening in healthcare, specifically physical therapy, RIGHT NOW! We spend our time in an ego driven identity crisis arguing on social media and in forums about minutia while failing to produce results for those whom which we serve. Add in lies and deceit in the form of treatment interventions and narratives not supported by research encompassed in a system that incentivizes providers to do “more treatment,” and I’d say we are well on our way to becoming irrelevant, disrespected, and obsolete. What happens then? Same story as politicians. The system breaks down. Insurance companies handcuff us and stop finding our services necessary. Healthcare practitioners become laughable and the people we serve will look elsewhere for care. They will look to places like Youtube personalities, someone with a 6-pack on Instagram, or a quick fix on an infomercial or daytime TV while we scratch our heads and wonder how this ever came to be.
Healthcare needs progressive evidence-based thinkers with open minds, empathy, honesty, integrity, humility, and a drive to do good and help others. Anyone who doesn’t embody those qualities will be left in the dust. As Jacob Marley said above, we are doing it to ourselves, link by link. We need to stop dividing ourselves into camps and start coming together in synergistic teams where we are exponentially more powerful together than we are alone.