Health Care Parallels Education
I was listening today to a Fresh Air interview from a couple of weeks ago on the reasons for the high cost of health care:
Highly informative and thought provoking. One thing that struck me was the discussion about how we don’t pay primary care physicians enough and that specialists make a majority of the dollars. This is not earth shattering news, but it I was reminded of a similar problem in higher education. Specialization is highly valued where as general studies and thinking/life skills are not, despite the fact that it’s these more general abilities and knowledge that determine how successful you are in your chosen trade (specialized or not). Same thing in medical care: it’s not the specialists who have the most impact on your health and mortality, it’s the general, preventative things you do (or do not) that have the biggest impact. And who should be looking after us on this front if not our primary care physicians?