Healthcare for All is Here Today
December 1, 2011 in World
This article continues my series where I go through the exercise of looking at the six pieces in Jane Evershed’s OccuPIE. They are:
- end all wars
- environmental responsibility
- free/real education
- healthcare for all
- release of free energy technologies
- an ethical economy
Today, I write about the fourth piece of the OccuPIE, healthcare for all.
As I have worked through this series, I find that the solution to each piece of OccuPIE keeps coming back to personal responsibility. This is especially true when we look at the piece called “healthcare for all.”
This phrase implies that healthcare is available for some people and not available for others. It implies that healthcare is something that comes from outside an individual. It is provided by one person for another.
I understand the concept.
We are bombarded with it by hospitals, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies through advertising. Hospitals, medical buildings, and insurance offices dominate certain parts of our cities’ skylines.
The messages are clear:
- Healthcare comes from outside you.
- You must pay a lot to receive it.
Both statements are false.
Healthcare is a personal responsibility. Individuals practice it through diet, rest, and exercise. We practice it through prayer, meditation, and spiritual seeking. We practice it through love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
All of those things are within everyone’s financial budget. None of them cost a lot of money.
As I have said throughout this series, individual responsibility is the answer.
In fact, individual responsibility may be the only change that is necessary as we look at the entire OccuPIE. I’m already seeing how this applies to the piece called “ethical economy.” But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s get back to healthcare for all.
I understand there are specific conditions that benefit from certain medical technologies. These are costly. As a society, we may need to look closer at how to make these procedures accessible to everyone.
However, the issue of healthcare for all is best resolved when we change the way we perceive healthcare.
We must recognize that it starts within. We must see the connection between our mental and emotion issues and physical symptoms. Headaches often come from fear, body pain comes from anger, and colds show up when we’re trying to avoid something.
We must make the connection between our habits and symptoms. Tiredness comes from a lack of rest and exercise, nausea comes from our diet, and insomnia comes from worry.
Medical professionals are trained to label our conditions so they can then treat them with a pill or surgery. This is a viable practice for a society that is looking without for healthcare. It is often unnecessary for a society that looks within.
If germs caused disease every time, everyone would get sick when exposed to them. This doesn’t happen. If a treatment cured a disease, the treatment would work every time. It doesn’t. There is something else going on with germs, disease, and treatment. This something else is within the patient.
The ancient cultures knew this. Their medicine men used rituals and cleansing practices to bring healing. They only allowed themselves to receive food in exchange for their work. This helped them remember that healing doesn’t come from the medicine man. It comes from within the patient.
We have healthcare for all.
It is within us.
The change that is needed is for us to recognize the truth.