Wakanda Forever! That’s what I have been yelling for the past few days since the premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther. An amazing film which feels more like an expose of African and African American culture than a superhero movie, it’s splendor leaves little to the imagination. King T’Challa (the Black Panther) hails from Wakanda, a utopian East African land. Filled with sprawling African plains, soaring mountains, and generous waterfalls it is inhabited by beautiful animals and even more beautiful people.
One particular scene I was interested in was when CIA Agent Erik Ross is shot in the spine by supervillan Klaue. Presumed to be a gunshot wound in the thoracic spine, he is taken to Wakanda for treatment. In it’s scientific lab, he is healed through the power of vibranium, Wakanda’s magical metal. Infused within the terrains of Wakanda after a vibranium-filled meteor crashed into it’s lands, the metal provides superhuman abilities when consumed. It is also known to harbor kinetic energy and is a part of Black Panther’s suit (and was also used to make Captain America’s shield) . With it’s healing properties, not only is Mr. Ross’ health completely restored, but he is healed in record time (24 hours).
With the amazing ability vibranium had on the CIA Agent, I am tempted to ask- what would health care look like in Wakanda? Here is what I think:
1.Healthcare would be free
2. There would be no racial/ethnic/gender/ sexual orientation bias
3. Mental health= priority
4. Nutritional and physical health would take precedence
5. Eastern and Western approaches to medicine would be appreciated and celebrated
6. All drugs would be effective with no side or adverse effects
7. Technology and Human Intelligence would work together
8. The physician- patient relationship would improve
9. Health care worker burnout will no longer exist
In reality, no health care system that exists today is ideal.The points I listed are what I feel it would take to create a place of medical bliss. A “perfect” health care structure would incorporate several of the good qualities seen in many of the worldwide systems functioning today. For now we should endeavor to improve the current structure in our respective country, aiming to be a place where we can avidly repeat King T’ Challa’s words when he realized Erik Ross was hurt. “Give him to us, we can heal him”.
What do you think would help create a perfect health care system?
Originally published at medium.com