Do You Care As Much as The Lorax Cares?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

In Dr. Seuss’ book “The Lorax,” this particular quote holds a new meaning to me. Over the past few years, this saying has been represented by the faces of many of my patients. Especially those patients who needed someone to go the extra mile for their healthcare needs.

Whether it was researching conditions or medications, calling or meeting patient’s doctors for diagnosis and management collaboration, or making the proper referral – the impact of these experiences makes this Dr. Seuss book come to life for me.

But why?

After all … I was THEIR doctor. And they were MY patients. Isn’t that my job?

And the answer to that simple but complicated question is “yes.” The reality of this issue is that unfortunately today’s medical system has made this type of care very difficult. Which creates the importance of the following two objectives which have fallen to the wayside in our current healthcare system.

Being proactive in:

Patient advocacy
Evidence-based, integrative approach to each patient’s healthcare

As Doctors of Chiropractic, it is our responsibility to make sure our patient’s healthcare needs are being addressed, whether or not the insurance world or medical system complicates the process. Doctors of Chiropractic can serve as an example to other healthcare professionals and to our nation’s policy makers by implementing this collaborative and patient-centered approach to healthcare.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


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