A Public Health Stranger in the Land of Medical Care
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Public health spaces are everywhere.
Public health is about prevention through collective action involving teams of health professionals from engineers, to basic scientists, policy makers, health providers, and dozens of others.
Medical Care is about treatment and cure primarily revolving around the physicians’ treatment of individuals. About 95% of resources in the US go toward medical care.
So as public health advocate, medical care is “strange” to me as in the metaphorical sense that Heinlein presented in his famous novel. This blog will attempt to articulate my public health position as a counterpoint to the dominance of medical care.
In other words, I am a public health stranger spying on the spaces occupied and colonized by medical care.