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The System Is Breaking Us All: A Physician's Call to Action

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I live on the edge of an uneasy truce with my immune system. Autoimmune arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease mean I am a high utilizer of health care.

I am also a physician, so I see both sides of the complex, fragmented, ever-changing, unmapped morass of U.S. health care. I want to share my experiences so you know two things: (1) You are not alone in struggling to get the care you need and (2) Your doctor is on your side.

One balmy February day, I awoke to the dry and gritty-feeling eyes, stiff and swollen joints, and searing belly pain that herald a full-on “flare” of my autoimmune disease.

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