In the next couple of months I will have the opportunity to learn about and compare the different health care systems of Europe and the US. Topics to be explored include technology, access to care, sustainability, historical and cultural observations, just to name a few.
As a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) I see the flaws and strengths of our system every day through the accounts of my patients. There are of course patients who are visions of health, however, the majority are saddled with medical debt, prescription drugs, preventable diseases, and obesity. This country has the capability to cripple ones life through the very system that is meant to give one full viability. Yet here we are- convinced we have the best medical system in the world.
Soon I will have the opportunity to work in the health care industry in a foreign country. With an open mind and unbiased approach, I will write about my findings. Is the quality of life really higher in Europe…? Do they really have la joie de vivre? La dolce vita?
Follow me as I take a comparative look at these cultures and health care systems. And while you are at it, enjoy the scenery!