The emergence of Medicare, Medicaid, labor unions, private insurance companies, etc. resulted in care being based on formulas -- not individuals. Likewise, the significant medical and scientific advances in testing and treatments have saved countless lives but further distanced patients from their doctors.
As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the nation, we would be remiss to not use this time as a moment to discuss not just the death, but the preservation and physical conditions of black bodies. Conversations can't end at violence and injury -- instead, we must also acknowledge that health, wellness and the security of quality health care are important aspects of a life well-lived.