Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Government Needs A New Language to Convey Health Risk

Fox News Channel, where I am a contributor, is devoting more and more energy to healthcare coverage. And while Serious Medicine Strategy makes no attempt to cover all of health news overall, we reserve the right to pick out particularly important items, including at FNC. A case in point is something that Dr. Marc Siegel said this morning about swine flu, the H1N1 virus, on the eve of hearings at the Senate Homeland Security Committee. I didn't get a chance to record exactly what Dr. Siegel was saying, but the gist of it was, The government needs a new language to convey health risk. It needs a new way to communicate with people about what's safe and not safe.

I am not doing justice to Dr. Siegel's words, but the point he was making squares with a constant theme here at SMS, which I wrote about at some length just a few days ago: We need a strategy for thinking about healthcare and medicine. And the information age should be our friend in this effort, helping to surround us in a veritable aura of information, about what's possible, and about what's going right, or wrong, in our own bodies.

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