You said in your last anon response that you think in a few years, how medicine is practiced will change quite a bit. How do you think it will change? Thank you!
Ohhh a great question! Watch, I’ll look back on this and I’m gonna laugh at myself. BUT these are the things I think will change:
-personalized medicine is going to really take off
-the fight for universal healthcare is not going to stop; I predict it will get more intense. We will be tinkering with and working on universal healthcare in all countries. I think universal healthcare in even 10 years is going to look very different from what it looks like right now. How? I’m not sure
-resource rationing in the face of universal healthcare is going to increase and doing this to with our aging population, people out-living their diagnoses, children with congenital diseases living into adulthood will require creativity and serious discussion. It’s going to be bumpy.
-the ethics of dying. We have amazing technology to prolong life. I believe that the discussion of what is a good life, what is a good death, do people have a right to choose their death, and all the topics around death and dying will have a lot of public attention. We will, as humans, all need to really to begin talking about this. If you folks haven’t watched Extremis on Netflix…that’s what I’m kind of talking about.
-emergence/re-emergence of infectious diseases. I know I’m biased because I love ID. But I really do think so. Global warming is already causing mosquito and animal behavior changes, which brings them closer to us, which brings zoonotic diseases and diseases we thought long gone or controlled back into our lives. Also: antibiotic resistance and the end of the antibiotic era if we don’t pour more money into public health, epidemiology, disease control, antibiotic development. I think the next decade is going to be really special for ID specialists, and I’m excited for it
-the clash vs union of technology and medicine. And to that effect, the medical-industrial complex and the absorption of physicians into the complex.
-In response to the aforementioned prediction, the reclamation of medicine from business people back to physicians but in the form of physicians with MD/MBAs, QI fellowships (quality improvement), and the industrialization of the way we practice medicine
-public health. Like just public health overall. It’s going to take on new responsibilities, new roles.
-mass casualty medicine as a discipline is going to really gain traction outside of the military as part of public health
-an emergent deficit of primary care physicians, if we continue to pay them inadequately and deny them the respect they deserve
-privatizing medicine like concierge medicine but for the middle/middle-upper class
What other predictions do people have?