Dr. Magee is firmly planted in the Western medical model, however, he does have some interesting ideas that perfectly dovetail with alternative medicine (although I don't know if he knows that!).
Please give a listen to his podcasts. Subscribe to them in iTunes (a free download from Apple) or listen to them on Dr. Magee's Website.
Of most interest, I think are the following episodes:
- Will Academic Medical Centers Survive?"
- Who Will Own Tomorrow's CME?"
- The Emergence of Home-Centered Health - Parts 1 and 2
Here are some of the things Dr. Magee says:
- Medicine has evolved from paternalism to partnership.
- The Internet gives medical consumers unimpeded information flow.
- We are moving toward a home-center healthcare model.
- The home is where patient education, behavioral modification, early diagnosis, therapeutic adherence, nutrition, fitness, wellness and prevention all reside.
- We need to focus on educating home care-givers, and supporting them with information and services.
- Academic medical centers, as they exist today, do not fit into this model (yet). They are awkwardly trying to adapt.
- The problems with academic medical centers are related to their size: incomplete reimbursement for the cost of residency education, competition from community hospitals, multi-step decision processes, an overtired workforce, and excessive complexity.
- These institutions must become leaders in giving information to patients.
Dr. Magee's assessments of the current state of medicine are often quite insightful. I really like this podcast. Please beware of two things before you subscribe to his podcasts.
Dr. Magee reads all his remarks word-by-word, for this reason his delivery can be quite dull. Do not expect even a moment of humor from Dr. Magee - uh uh.
Also, the guy who does the intro and outro is super-duper annoying. It is a taped thing that is the same everytime, and the guy just has the worst possible voice. This announcer-guy tries to make his words sound "fun" or "gay" or something, but he ends up just sounding weird.
Having said that, go have a listen. The information will stand out enough that you'll be able to live through the poor delivery and sound quality.
Hopefully my podcast ends up being a little better! (Gulp!)