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Patient engagement is a trendy topic for healthcare providers – the latest spin terminology for “patient compliance” – as in how do I get patients to follow treatment protocols? Take better care of themselves? Especially now that payment for my services may be negatively affected by bad outcomes and poor patient satisfaction?

What if there was no healthcare system? No doctor’s assistant to fight with to get an appointment on time. No insurance company to argue with over coverage. No bureaucracy. No bad attitudes from hospital workers for being overworked and underpaid. What if we went back (if only in thought) to the basics? Strip away everything that has labeled the industry for so long and return to what medicine was intended to be. I think you would get something like this: I spent a few weeks of my summer…