It seems strange to me that so much of “health care” is focused on diseases and their management. A disease is always only a part of a patient’s life and experience. Whilst it’s important to deal with disease when it’s present, surely that’s never enough. Health is experienced by a person, a whole person, and care is expressed in relationships. Without a focus on health and care, what kind of “health care” do we get?
At times it seemed to her they were so focused on disease that patients and suffering were incidental to their work
Cutting For Stone. Abraham Verghese