At least, my idea of it. What if healthcare would finally be based on a realistic view of the human being? At present, this can feel idealistic because it is – rightfully – so.
Let’s take this for granted for the time of your reading this text, starting from mind-body unity and proper insight into the importance of a vast amount of meaningful non-conscious mental processing. Note how fundamental this is and how relevant to every human-related endeavor.
Quanta qualia conventus gaudia!
[How manifold and profound the joys of this reunion!]
Are you still remembering what we take for granted now? Good — so, people are optimally taken care of in body and mind, including where body and mind are two ways of looking at the same thing.
As a starter, this brings an immense additional amount of prevention in a broad sense. Thereby – and note that we are operating inside the description of an idealistic future – a cost-saving in the U.S. is getting realized of about $ one trillion (1.000.000.000.000) yearly [*]. Nice! This money can be spent in better ways inside or outside of the healthcare field.
On top of this, people live longer and happier. They still get ill, of course, but on average less and at an older age after a more fulfilling life.
Do you think this is impossible?
Then think again very, very hard and document yourself appropriately in light of the above-mentioned fundamentals. Accept the possibility of essential changes, and the surprise will be yours. You might find some perspective in the future of mental healing.
Meanwhile, let’s go on.
The number of hospitals is reduced by 30%.
It would be 50% if people wouldn’t live longer through optimal care, so they have more time to become ill. Also, this doesn’t take into account the additional possibilities of healthcare the future may bring (and need to be kept affordable). We can go for the same number as in 2023 but for a much higher level of healthcare on the somatic side as well.
Entering a hospital would also feel different: not as a place where the body is unduly objectified, but rather sanctified since all healthcare providers would look at it as the worthy temple of the total human being.
No dissociation between conscious and non-conscious, nor between body and mind.
Each person is like a miracle that can fully be appreciated in its open complexity. Thus, everybody knows the positive environment’s beneficial influence on health and well-being. This makes everybody feel genuinely responsible (no guilt!) for each other.
Especially healthcare providers are keenly aware of this, and thus, for instance, of the deeper meaning of a genuinely empathic physical examination, a doctor’s touch, as so nicely brought in a TED talk by Abraham Verghese.
Coming from about 50%, there is hardly any burnout (or depression, alcoholism, moral despair) in healthcare providers since they know – also deep inside – they give optimal heartfelt care. That’s exhilarating! Also, patients are deeply grateful because they feel, from deep inside, that they receive optimal care.
There is no naggingly intuitive sense that something essential is missing — no unsaid communication between physician and patient that the other would be responsible for this lack. No ‘mental case patients’ or ‘insensitive physicians’ anymore.
There is much less dragging and nagging of chronic patients for somatic cures that don’t touch them anyway at the soul (or deep mind) level where much of the origin of many of their issues resides.
There is a lot of gratitude in many ways. Medicine is the most humanly rewarding profession on earth except, perhaps, AURELIS-coach 😊.
There are hardly any legal disputes.
There are fewer side effects and other sorry consequences (such as many deaths by administration errors) of medications that weren’t needed anyway.
Moreover, the open connection with the provider during the healthcare process makes the patient feel in well-supported control from start to end. If something goes wrong, the responsibility is taken together and felt together. Both parties remain friends and can comfort each other — yes, indeed, each other.
If there are bad feelings, transformative mediation is the remedy.
The role of Compassionate A.I.
This role is huge and well-integrated. All find it utterly straightforward. Please read Medical A.I. for Humans.
As a matter of fact, Lisa plays a vital role in many healthcare trajectories. The Compassionate practitioners (body and mind) seamlessly cooperate with Lisa as each case unfolds to the optimal benefit of the patient/client. At the user’s request, there can be a dialogue between the user, practitioner, and Lisa simultaneously.
On top of this, practitioners and Lisa can have dialogues about how to heighten human empathy (even more) or about a specific case at the user’s consent. At every moment, the user’s privacy is sanctimonious.
At the practitioner’s request, Lisa can become a second opinion provider in a practitioner-Lisa dialogue or with the patient actively involved. The latter situation leads to optimal joint decision support at human-initiated initiative. Up-to-date scientific sources can be consulted when appropriate.
This kind of interaction is integrated in future practitioners’ education. This way, medical students need to learn less about abstruse outlier diseases and can concentrate on depth of essentials.
In parallel and through continual Pattern Recognition and Completion, Lisa is a tool for in-depth ‘Lisa-science with a heart.’
In many cases, a cure is not seen as a return to a previous state but as an occasion for further mental growth.
This way, many people can look back at their experience of being gravely ill as worthwhile since they have learned something they appreciate for the rest of their lives.
Can we please strive to make it happen soon?
[*] Straightforwardly: The projected U.S. healthcare costs amount to $ 6 trillion (+/-20% of GDP) in 2030 and rising with 5% each year (https://www.healthsystemtracker.org). This is only about consumption. The societal cost of bad health (absenteeism, presenteeism…) is not included. The share of ‘mental etiology’ (psychological and psycho-somatic, incl. most addictive behavior) is, according to many researchers including me, about half ― say, 3 trillion. Relieving 33% of this comes to $ 1 trillion.