Jan 10 2005
My basic vision was to envision health care as a space, rather than a system, in which health-inducing and supporting things would thrive. This would allow us to escape from the hierarchical “pigeonholing” of our current system.
It would also allow us to shape health discourse be reframing it from “health in terms of disease” to a language of health.
This is all really important stuff. If the estimates of 200,000 people per year killed through preventable medical errors are true, then we are dealing with a system which is as devastating to us as the Asian Tsunami disaster, every year. And it is preventable.
I don’t want to draw attention or resources away from the tsunami, but I do think that we could spend a little more time preventing things before they happen, rather than reacting to the crisis.
Until then, I fear that we are trying to get out of a hole by digging it deeper. The NHS implementation of the HealthSpace name doesn’t give me much hope that they are climbing out of this hole, unfortunately.