"Medicine is mainly curative...."
Medicine provides a passive role for patients. "I am helpless, doctor. Please do medicine to me."
Non communicable diseases are prevented by cultural norms, values, basic assumptions and artefacts (TVs, cars, adverts, packaging and sales etc) and not much by medicines. Despite having the most expensive health service in the world, the life expectancy in the USA is falling.
My hope for the WHO digitization strategy, UHC and SDGs is for interactive two way communicating EHRs for 7.9 billion registered citizens/patients who become co-creators and agencies of health along with Big Pharma, "medicine" and governments.
HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data.
Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com