Quality of Life: Improved or Worsened by Health Care? - Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality
Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 31, 2011 | 5 Responses
I respect the great heart, the motive, of every physician and healer. For, I believe, they yearn to improve their patients’ quality of life and care. Yet, is this what’s taking place? Perhaps not — because when it comes to health care, we are learning more is not always better. Sometimes more means that quality of life suffers.
For example, many American primary care physicians believe that their own patients are receiving too much medical care. This was the take-away from a survey of primary-care doctors conducted in 2009.
The most important factors physicians identified as leading them to practice more aggressively were malpractice concerns (76%), clinical performance measures (52%), and inadequate time to spend with patients (40%). Physicians also believe that financial incentives encourage aggressive practice: 62% said diagnostic testing would be reduced if it did not generate revenue for medical subspecialists (39% for primary care physicians). – Archives of Internal Medicine
My heart goes out to the physicians facing this dilemma. I know they want to help and heal.
Where does the patient stand in all this? According to over one hundred new articles recently released, excessive medical testing is a problem. Excessive testing can lead to diagnosing conditions that never would have caused problems. This leads to more treatment with its own special side effects and complications. The cycle continues with even more tests and drugs prescribed. No wonder quality of life is declining and health care expenses are ballooning.
However, there is a method of care that has no side effects, and its costs are minimal. This care is spiritual in nature. This responsible, spiritual care may be viewed as just another short-lived alternative method; yet, it was successfully practiced 2,000 years ago.
I believe Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew how to supply others with real quality of life. He knew how to heal. He didn’t over-treat. And he taught others to heal.
Many are beginning to recognize that Jesus utilized specific, spiritual laws in order to heal. This is why he could teach others. His healing ministry was not a one-shot divine wonder. He told everyone who would listen, “Follow me. Heal the sick.”
I have found, in my own practice, that this type of spiritual care physically restores without undermining quality of life. For example: Glen collapsed in his home. After a friend found him, he was rushed to a hospital, where he lay in a coma for two weeks. Doctors believed he would never revive. Yet, Glen’s family and I prayed.
To the surprise of the medical staff, Glen awoke. He was told that he had a serious kidney problem and would require regular dialysis and medication for the rest of his life.
Doctors wanted to begin treatment immediately, but Glen was used to using prayer as an effective treatment. So, he called me and wanted my continued spiritual care. I assured him that God was in complete control and nothing could impede his progress. I knew God would inspire Glen spiritually and restore him physically.
The next day there were already signs of improvement, and the doctors were willing to give him three days to gain even more significant progress. He, his family, and I continued to pray for his health. Glen told me that he had never prayed so diligently and sincerely. The doctors commented on the remarkable recovery taking place.
On the third day, the healing was complete. The kidney was fine. There was no need for dialysis or medication. Glen was released from the hospital.
Again, the motive of every healer, I believe, is to improve his patients’ quality of life and care. Quality of life and care are essential. Is this what you are experiencing?
While many people face over-the-top testing and costs, I have found that there is a method that can be practiced where more is always better.
– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com