Friday, October 9, 2009

Expanding the Needs in an Interdependent Community

Reviewing my last two blogs, some people may question the issue of the abundance of those in need and my use of positivity when it comes to health. Using the same example as before, if a doctor has ten patients and only needs two things, should the doctor turn down the other eight or the ones who don’t have what he or she needs? Of course not.

It’s the doctor’s duty to ensure the health of each patient. For the ones who do not have what the doctor needs, they can offer communication, as I explained in a previous blog. There are other options available. The remaining patients can either offer a type of need that the doctor can save until later when he or she needs it or they can go to another doctor who does need what the patients are offering. Just because one person is a doctor, does not mean another can’t be. However, they both must treat each patient equally. By each patient, I mean any patient that needs a doctor, and not a specific doctor. To further explain, if Tom and Jerry are both doctors and they have ten patients totaled together, both Tom and Jerry should ensure the health of each patient, regardless of whether the patient chooses Tom or Jerry. In the case of an absence of patients, the doctor can utilize another type of need to obtain other types of needs. With this being said, I hardly doubt that within a community, there will be only doctors. Everyone has a unique gift and it is doubtful that all will be the same.

So far, I have said that doctors are essential to put patients in good health. What if the doctor is unable to fix or cure an illness? Should the patient still return a type of need? I have stated over and over that doctors have the duty of ensuring the health of their patients. If there is nothing that can be done for the patient and the doctor has done everything he or she can, including researching, then yes, the patient should return a type of need. If the doctor refuses to research further after realizing nothing can be done, the patient should not be expected to return a type of need. It is the doctor’s duty to not only ensure this patient’s health, but to educate him or herself on the illness for future patients. This within itself will fulfill a type of need, communication. This method does not only pertain to doctors, but to anyone. If anyone fails at a job, the person must educate him or herself to better themselves for the future; thus fulfilling a need.