A nation of hypochondriacs
March 27, 2010 11:35 PM Subscribe
Has the American health care nonsystem made Americans more neurotic about their health?
posted by bad grammar to health & fitness (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'd especially appreciate comparisons if you have traveled extensively between the United States and other nations or recently moved into / out of the United States.
My impression, as an American who has not lived elsewhere, is that the high price and often inaccessibility of health care, the model of health care as a privilege, has promoted and been reinforced by a libertarian can-do attitude towards health. If you eat right, exercise, stay out of the sun, don't smoke, etc., you will never get sick. Many doctors promote this attitude in order to scare patients into better health behaviors. The popular health press is also responsible for promoting this attitude.
Are Americans more upset about getting sick and more likely to be neurotic as a result?
This might also explain the underlying causes of the behavior of the tea partiers. They mostly seem to be seniors on Medicare, but perhaps they fear that the creation of other entitlements will cut into Medicare. They have internalized the libertarian attitude and think that other people who are sick don't deserve aid. But I'm also interested in your impressions of "normal" people.