Health care for chronic and acute illnesses in the USA is average, with a few spikes of genius. Most follow common methods and do not learn about supplemental wellness. Some are fortunate to access health affordable health care. As an inverted bell, the low extremes – poorest and wealthiest have some access. The moon may belong to everyone but the best things in life cost money and influence. The VIP-Syndrome deals with health care for the richest and more influential. Is that true?
A significant issue is health care for all. Yet, even in areas around the world where universal health care is available, a person’s status may receive better medical care. It is known as VIP-Syndrome. A “VIP-syndrome” has been recognized. It occurs when a very important person (VIP) is admitted to a health care facility and the status of that person affects decisions about medical care.
Universal health care may require long waits for appointments and therapeutic treatment. Care visits are brief. In European countries, people need to spend more for better health care. Yes, it’s best to be a VIP or is it really?
Every now and then, you read news articles of hospitals that have floors dispensing ordinary health care and other floors where wealthy people may get upscale health care. What distinguishes heath care quality? VIP-Syndrome! In wealthier countries, VIP medicine is a variety of the VIP-syndrome—the phenomenon of a perceived “VIP” (very important person) using his or her status to influence a given professional or institution to make unorthodox decisions under the pressure or presence of said VIP, that relates to the accessibility and quality of care. It is not a schism of mediocrity. VIP-Syndrome demonstrates that status has privileges to better health care.
Who might be a VIP? According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), VIP patients, often those who hold celebrity status, power, or perceived connections, engender awe and fear in those who care for them, even though they may be medical professionals and clinicians who have an intimate knowledge of medicine and the medical system. Is this patient-centered health care? Or is it Netflix type health care on demand for short term health over wellness?
VIP-Syndrome health care may not be better than ordinary health care. According to the ABIM Foundation, VIP-Syndrome (in certain circumstances) may be bad for the VIP. ABIM stands for American Board of Internal Medicine and works towards core values of medical professionalism. As a VIP receives health care, that individual can sign and dictate custom health care.
Coined around 1964, VIP-Syndrome came from the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrist Walter Weintraub described the syndrome in a 1964 article in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, noting that “the treatment of an influential man can be extremely hazardous for both patient and doctor.” Does patient influence (or appearance) influence neutrality within a therapeutic treatment? Since 1964, this VIP-Syndrome brought up assorted ethical questions that tightened and set restrictions of therapeutic modalities.
For example, since First Lady Betty Ford made it vogue, rehab centers cropped up to serve addiction therapies for VIP individuals. Though efficacy studies have been tried, even the costly VIP rehab centers tend to generate less than 10% long-term graduates. This helps demonstrate that VIP-Syndrome Rehab-on-Luxury Demand fares about as well as ordinary rehab modalities regarding addictive behaviors.
In 2020, VIP-Syndrome is most viable as a tool to condemn a pandemic during a pivotal pre-election war of ideas. Chiding health care for all, one VIP with VIP-Syndrome is manipulating his health to win sympathy and erase a vast disease from the minds of fans. VIP-Syndrome is when the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many. Being a VIP in health care and influence on medical caring may be hazardous to health.
VIP-Syndrome is not a condition to be taken lightly. But… if you have the bucks and brains, the doctors may have degrees and experience but VIP-Syndrome means you’re still the boss. But does that VIP accept responsibility if the guesses are wrong? Do the probabilities of side-effects outweigh going back too early? That’s why VIP-Syndrome sounds like a form of disease itself. Means justify the ends.