I call the special interest groups that dominate American healthcare the Government Industrial Medical Coalition (GIMeC). (I pronounce this acronym “gimmick”.)
GIMeC is made up of the following members:
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Institutes of Health
- Insurance companies
- Drug companies
- Medical device companies
- Disease Advocacy Groups
These members support each others’ beliefs and interests. The complex interaction between all these members is what makes reforming healthcare so difficult. Essentially all these members have a rarely questioned set of assumptions about the impact of the formal healthcare on people I call the POEM assumptions.
When we start to question these assumptions and act on a new understanding of the role of healthcare in America, we can finally create compassionate affordable care.