It’s no secret that the American healthcare system is a flawed and expensive institution. In 2014, following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 33 million people remained uninsured (Smith and Medalia, 2015). That same year, the United States spent a total of 3 trillion dollars on healthcare and two years later, the state of healthcare still remained critical (Health Expenditures, 2016).
Your outfit of the day, your #OOTD, your power suit, your perfect desk to date wear, it sounds like such a small thing to be able to wear something that you are proud of and feel good in to work, but the second that is taken away from you, you realize it makes all the difference. It changes your attitude, your demeanor and how you carry yourself amongst your co-workers, customers or in this case, your patients.
“But you don’t look sick!”
Chronically ill patients hear this phrase again and again from friends, family, and colleagues alike. People assume they’re making a valid argument, when it is nothing more than a biting attempt to invalidate your illness and discredit your suffering. Rooted in ignorance, it does nothing but create resentment.
But there’s another side to our story, and we have officially decided we not only want to go public about it, we want to do something about it.
Using a scale based on average annual base salary, career opportunities rating and number of job openings, career website Glassdoor just released its list of the best jobs in America. And, little surprise, of the 25 they list, a number of them are in the world of healthcare.
But what is surprising is just what positions they list in the field. Physicians don’t make the list at all, for example. Neither do many of the other “top expert” jobs, such as surgeon, that get a lot of the recognition in America.
“My son feels like an old man. He suffers from constant, debilitating fatigue, painful body aches… he feels like he’s dying.”
Those are the words of a desperate mother. Her son Joseph had always been an active and athletic child, but starting at the age of 12, his health began to deteriorate inexplicably. Over the next 5 years, Joseph and his mother consulted with 14 different doctors, endured dozens of tests, and racked up more than $75,000 in medical expenses – but still couldn’t find answers. Continue reading When Crowds Are Smarter Than Doctors
This has been a busy, exciting time for CrowdMed, and we’re extremely grateful that much of that excitement has to do with the press we’ve gotten. In only the last month, we’ve appeared in multiple mainstream publications. Here are just a few of the stories that have been written about us.
Actor Announces Investment in Crowdsourced Medical Diagnosis Platform.
Almost one in 10 Americans – and 350 million people globally – are affected by the approximately 7,000 different types of rare or difficult-to-diagnose medical conditions. With this investment, Dempsey is working with CrowdMed to help expand the platform and give an additional resource to those facing undiagnosed illnesses. Continue reading Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey Invests in CrowdMed