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"Are patients getting sick or cured in hospitals?''

I am willing to write a magazine article about this topic:
"Are patients getting sick or cured in hospitals?''
This is mostly about the hospital environment where the patient stays for days weeks and even months. Here in my country, patients are left as objects where health professionals visit them for a short period of time, do their job in minutes and then disappear! Patients spend the rest of their time with pain, listening and watching other sufferers , and waiting for death.
They are isolated from the world.
When we visit relative patients in minutes, we feel the bad conditions they live in, talk for minutes and then forget about it. But they, patients, are the ones who have to stay there and try to cope with it.
Obviously, this is not right and must be changed.
Please help me by 'donating' ideas!!
What are the bad things you notice in hospitals?
What are the good things that you notice in hospitals and is done somewhere in the world?
What are the good things that you notice(from your ideas and imagination)?
If we had to make a non-profit organization to deal with this, then what will it have to do?
This is mostly about fixing the hospital's environment and making a better place where patients can enjoy their stay!

social workers, clowns, magicians....anything,, I respect all ideas!

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  • Feb 26 2012: I think that overall it's about shifting hospital care from looking after a condition to looking after a human being. Hospital infrastructure is the starting point and that is certainly a massive issue in some Southern Italian cities such as Naples. And yet, if we were prepared to care for a human being instead of a disease and did all that goes with that, we'd massively improve patients condition. You certainly don't go to hospital to watch a movie or play a cards tournement thought there wouldn't be anything wrong with that if that was possible. But a patient should be looked at holistically, especially if hopitalised for cronic conditions. E.g. if I went to hospital and they made me participate in my nutrition and in understanding my overall condition, I'd feel more responsible and participative of my health. Also, there is a problem of incentives: hospitals get money on the basis of the number of beds they keep full and especially bad hospitals where people don't want to go, will hold patients in preparation and after surgery for far to long.

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