Health Care Costs By Richard
Dafter - for Howtobefit.com
Really Afford Not to be Healthy and Fit?
family became part of the group of over 40 million Americans who don't have
health insurance coverage. We are blessed, however, because our lives revolve
around health and fitness and all of us eat entirely organic. But what if we
didn't have a healthy lifestyle or our best efforts were to no avail?
There were two ominous sounding articles
Health that certainly could add to anyone's anxiety level. One, according
to the American College of Physicians said that, "Primary care -- the basic
medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine
physicals and minor problems -- could fall apart in the United States without
immediate reforms." The organization, a professional group which certifies
internists goes on to state that, "Primary care is on the verge of collapse.
Very few young physicians are going into primary care and those already in
practice are under such stress that they are looking for an exit strategy.
Dropping incomes coupled with difficulties in juggling patients, soaring bills
and policies from insurers that encourage rushed office visits all mean that
more primary care doctors are retiring than are graduating from medical
The headline of another report
reads, "Healthcare costs top benefit concerns in the U.S." and goes on to say
that "Eighty-two percent of employee benefit specialists polled said they are
trying to redesign some or all of their healthcare and employee welfare
programs to control the spiraling costs of U.S. corporate healthcare benefits.
Most specialists cited cost reduction as the motivating factor for changing
Finally, in one of the
most ominous signs of all, an editorial in the
New York Times entitled,
"Seducing the Medical Profession" says, "New evidence keeps emerging that the
medical profession has sold its soul in exchange for what can only be described
as bribes from the manufacturers of drugs and medical devices. It is long past
time for leading medical institutions and professional societies to adopt
stronger ground rules to control the noxious influence of industry money on
what doctors prescribe for their patients. Last week two new cases came to
light that reveal the lengths to which companies will go to buy influence with
doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals. Reed Abelson reported in
The Times on Jan. 24 about a whistle-blower's lawsuit alleging that Medtronic
had paid tens of millions of dollars in recent years to surgeons in a position
to use and recommend its medical devices. In one particularly egregious
example, a prominent Wisconsin surgeon received $400,000 for just eight days of
So if doctors can't afford to
be doctors because of spiraling costs, companies can't afford to provide
healthcare benefits and some doctors have to "sell their souls" to make ends
meet, what more do we need to be convinced that we have to take control of our
health and fitness through diet and exercise and healthy lifestyle choices?
Quoting from the article
by Kenneth Loy, "Have you made it someone else's responsibility to keep you
healthy? Do you depend entirely on a process where you become ill through poor
diet and lack of exercise and then turn to prescribed medications to make you
feel better? Shouldn't you instead be taking responsibility and doing whatever
it takes to achieve optimum health and fitness?"
If you are not convinced already that we
can't afford not to be healthy and fit, then perhaps knowing that iatrogenic
death is the third leading cause of death in the United States will make you
think twice about making health and wellness a top priority...