Reflections on Individualism and Health
A while back, I opined that the shift of emphasis in healthcare was moving away from a hospital-centric model and moving toward a self-care paradigm; one which increasingly holds individuals personally responsible for their own health, wellness and well-being.
The proliferation of life-tracking tools and e-health apps is consumer proof of this shift. Going beyond “Heal in Place”, as I had first positioned it, the true goal of this shift can better be expressed as “Stay Well and Stay Home”. I was just discussing this with a friend. It seems a significant segment of the culture has forgotten how to care for themselves let alone pursue a healthy lifestyle. So individuals turn up at the emergency department for every little fever, scrape, bump and bruise. Health care begins with care for our own health. In the modern age, have we lost the wisdom of wellness?
Have we become so dependent on the professional health care provider and a specialized healthcare system, that we have abdicated our personal role and responsibility to know how to care for ourselves? How do we recover this kind of wellness know-how? How do we raise up the next generation to competently care for their own health and the health of those entrusted to them, whether aging parents or raising children? At the end of the day, self-care is the best and most cost effective form of health care. And, as they say, therein lies the rub. Read more in the next blog!