Is ‘ZDoggMD’ restoring humanity to health care? (weekend reading)

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”175″ /]ZDoggMD–an advocate/video artist, real name Zubin Damania, MD, internist, former hospitalist at Stanford Medical Center and founder of a member-based healthcare service called Turntable Health HQ’d in reviving downtown Las Vegas–has a cause, and that is reforming primary care out of the present failing model, saving patients and healthcare professionals as well. The ZDoggMD videos focus on the breakdown of the system, including that doctors–and nurses–have become the face of a system that is bankrupting both older adults and the chronically ill. This Editor would also add that it’s a system that is burning out and driving out older, more experienced doctors and nurses to retirement and admin-type jobs, and making the entire field unattractive to 20-somethings, as it gets more formulaic, cost savings-driven and care-short. See Dr Damania on ‘stopping playing the game’ in this TEDMED talk on Zombie Doctors.

The Unbreak Healthcare movement has a specific list of grievances, here as listed in investor/consultant Dave Chase’s article:

  • Doctors: Working as glorified billing clerks to insurance companies and are abused by the system leads to burnout
  • Nurses: Volume-driven disregard for patient safety & understaffing cause major stress (focus on computer data entry instead of bedside care)
  • Middle class: Healthcare’s hyperinflation caused an economic depression & is #1 driver of bankruptcy
  • Millennials: Their health care “bill” makes their college debt look small and will make them indentured servants to healthcare (more…)