A Relationship-Centered Health Reform to the Traditional U.S. Medical System
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The actual interaction between the physician and the patient has always been the fundamental component of any health care system. Traditionally, paternalistic disease-based care guided treatments in the United States with wide success and approval. However, with present poor access and perceived poor quality of care, the current U.S. health system is no longer adequate. Relationship-centered health is a new perspective in medicine applicable to primary and specialty care. This approach aims beyond physical pathology, and focuses upon developing the necessary health care bonds that benefit the holistic human experience. Implementation of a relationship-centered perspective would be relatively simple and would not demand drastic changes in policy. However, changing to such an approach would drastically improve physician, patient, and community aspects. Educating future physicians in a relationship-centered model is necessary in order to effectively care for the diverse population and complex health problems of the United States.