There’s near universal agreement that our health care system is in crisis, that it costs too much, and that the quality is not what it could be. Our guest today offers a different perspective on the problem, writing, “From a policy perspective, the wrong question was asked: ‘How do we make healthcare cheaper?’ The question should have been ‘How do we make those living in our great nation healthier?’” Our guest today is one of the most honored physicians in America, Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, practicing gastroenterologist and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Florida International University School of Medicine. He founded the Camillus Health Concern that services over 10,000 homeless patients annually. Dr. Greer has been honored with three Papal medals, a MacArthur Genius Grant and recognition from three Presidents. He is author of the book Waking up in America.
In this first installment of a 2-part episode, Dr. Greer addresses the real causes of illness and why we need a more global perspective on solving our health care problems.