Education, in its attempt to prepare students to become active participants in the workforce, has often failed to educate students on taking responsibility for the most important decisions that they will ever have to make in their life-that is their health. The role education plays in creating healthy citizens’ tomorrow has often been overlooked with the entire education system assuming that students will somehow work out what to do, based on the limited information gathering skills they acquired during their educational years.
This is clear when analysing the limited outcomes of the Australian Science and PDHPE curriculums which have delivered most health related outcomes in the curriculum. These curriculums offer students many examples of diseases and health conditions, in terms of their symptoms, treatments and causes. Both curriculums also have outcomes related to achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle which may also prevent some life-style related diseases. However, both curriculums poorly prepare future tech-savvy health consumers to make effective health decisions. These consumers are not only more likely to use social and digital technologies to access health information on potential remedies and professionals, but are also more likely to use a combination of both eastern and western remedies. Considering the fears surrounding the sustainability of the Australian Medicare system, real questions must be asked regarding how effective our education system is in educating future health consumers on making effective and efficient medical decisions for both themselves and their dependants.
One book which discusses this crucial national issue is ‘Medicare Nightmare: The Great Australian Tragedy’ by Dal Ouba.
Whether one is working in the medical field, health insurance, education, government or medical legal field, the Medicare Nightmare is a great eye opener on how this lack of efficient information flow or awareness dooms our healthcare system to failure and undermines the foundation of our nation’s wealth - its health. Students in secondary and tertiary education must also be aware of how their education has failed to prepare them to make the most important decisions in their lives.
For decades, policy makers and the mainstream media have reduced public discourse on our health system to focus on side issues such as e-health or budget cuts, failing to capture the real cause of failure in our health system. That is, inefficient access to quality information to empower patients and their carers to make more effective timely health decisions in order to maximise patient outcomes.
This book is an essential read for health care professionals, policy advisers and analysts, teachers, health insurance CEOs and even students who are all key stakeholders in our medical system and thus contribute one way or another to its overall efficiency and success.
This book is also an ideal resource to complement compulsory subjects both in secondary education and undergraduate medical studies in the tertiary sector. It explains the unique concept of the 'Medicare Nightmare' and how it is linked to the oppression of women, disempowerment of health consumers and the unsustainability of our Medicare system.
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