(Volume 4- Number 26)
The morning mist hugged the face of the mountain, magnifying its hills and valleys. It was surreal as the rays of the sun found its way through the jagged peaks and the mist.
The high altitude temperature of the Rockies was comfortable, but with a hint that it was going to get very hot later in the day. Back in the house, the morning news revealed a frightening map of the world on fire. Wildfires burning across the Western US, Central America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa. No continent seemed to be spared. Where there were no fires, rain, floods, hurricanes, tornados and typhoons were causing mayhem. Global Warming is fully at work and moving to change the very face of our planet. Yet there are those who claim that mankind has no control over the weather therefore is not responsible for its affect. Reminds me of a cartoon, I once saw; 'In a boardroom, around a large table, are sitting the board members. They all have business attire, but they are ostriches. The chairman of the board is saying; "There is a motion on the table and it has been seconded that we should all stick our heads in the sand!" '
Many seem to have the same sentiment about healthcare. Arguing that illness and sickness are part of life, therefore governments can't be held responsible. The barriers one faces in asking for affordable healthcare is always fighting for a budget and trying to justify and convince people about the importance of a healthy society. Its like fighting for flood control and fire prevention when everything is fine. But it is not till the water is filling the living room or fire rushing across the fence into the yard that we wish the provisions were there.
Today technology is making it easier for us to reach many, but availability of that technology is costly for many in the world. Still with a little help, Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education can spread healthcare affordably and profitably.