It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.--Upton Sinclair
I felt guilty. It was that moment that I realized I was part of the problem, the free-market well-oiled machine of medicine. My writing skills, pharmaceutical experience, knowledge of clinical medicine, statistics, economics, did not need to be packaged and commercialized to benefit healthcare. I could actually choose to be different. It was time for me to do the risky thing, probably well past the time.
It is a broken system and I want something different. I no longer write words that aren't informed by data or write for profit-driven organizations that benefit from escalating healthcare costs. If you create value, you will be in demand. I speak to groups about our changing economy and how this influences healthcare,, I have been invited to report from the Whitehouse, and I write about policy, health, and economics without an outside influence. I read the latest books in the industry, I choose to do what is right--in front of me. If you want better answers, ask better questions.
We make new decisions based on new data. Culture changes. It has to, because new humans and new situations present new decisions to us on a regular basis. Technology amplifies the ever-changing nature of culture, and the only way this change can happen is when people decide that a permanent rule, something that would never, ever change, has to change. And then it does.-- Seth Godin