I remember a time when individuals took an active role in their wellness and the health care system wasn’t so broken and costly.
I remember a time when there weren’t medications and vaccines for every little illness because they weren’t needed.
I remember a time when most of the food we ate wasn’t laced with pesticides and toxins (GMOs).
I remember a time when we could afford to go to a doctor without insurance (some even came to us).
I remember a time… do you remember?
As I get older the “good old days” seem to be the “better old days.” And I remember those years as if it were just yesterday. I’m sure it’s the same for every generation.
We keep increasing the number of medications and vaccines and inventing new health problems. There are more acronyms for potential ailments than there are actual health problems. Pharmaceutical companies have us worrying about every little tick, twitch or itch because they have invented a supposed new cure or at least a new coverup of a symptom. We don’t have well care system because it’s more profitable to have a sick care system.
We have come to a time of relying on a broken system to fix us and we don’t seem to want to fix ourselves as well.
We have come to a time of non-responsibility for our actions of trying to keep ourselves well.
We have come to a time where we believe that our sick care system is the norm and is the answer.
We have come to a time where our food is laced with toxins and chemicals and mostly inedible, and non-nourishing.
We have come to a time where we’re always in work mode and don’t take time to rest.
We have come to a time where we don’t exercise, get the right nutrition, or take enough responsibility for our health.
We have come to a time where life expectancy is now getting shorter.
Our sick care system is so broken that it is 10 times more expensive to fix us than to support our ongoing good health by using prevention techniques, having a well care system in place. Of the dozens of health conditions we experience here’s just one example of the costs associated with diabetes just in the U.S.
Approximately 16.5 million people (5% of the population) have diabetes. The average “Direct” cost of care for a diabetic is $17,200 a year, which amounts to about $300 billion a year. Add that to the “Indirect” costs totaling $85.7 billion for a staggering total of $386 billion. And that’s just diabetes!
Here’s a breakdown of direct and indirect costs:
o Hospital inpatient care (43%) $143 billion
o Prescription medications to treat complications of diabetes (59.8%) $60
o Anti-diabetic agents and diabetes supplies (12%) $39.9 billion
o Physician office visits (9%) $29.9 billion
o Nursing/residential facility stays (8%) $26.6 billion
o Increased absenteeism ($6.5 billion)
o Reduced productivity while at work ($26.8 billion) for the employed population
o Reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($33 billion)
o Inability to work as a result of disease-related disability ($27.6 billion)
o Lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($23.8 billion).
With a small investment in prevention the Urban Institute concludes that the incidence of diabetes and hypertension could easily be reduced by 5 percent, that’s about $20 billion. I know with the proper programs and education we can do better.
Isn’t it time to help stop the madness and seriously take charge of your own self-care for yourself and others?
Isn’t it time to insist that all companies produce foods that have flavor and are natural and organic?
Isn’t it time to insist on a health care system doing what’s needed to prevent illness and it becomes the appropriate way all health care systems operate?
Isn’t it time to insist that insurance programs pay for well care such as chiropractic, massages, acupuncture, gyms, essential oils, and natural supplements so we are get sick less often if at all, are more productive, happier and THRIVING?
Isn’t it time for you be curious about, understand and be active in your health care?
It is time to get educated about natural remedies, understand the side affects of medications.
It is time to know your numbers and the average numbers of lab tests so you don’t create other problems while trying to fix your current problem.
It is time to eat quality foods, get the proper rest and exercise.
Doing these things can help you live longer, earn more, save more and be there for your family. If you don’t care that much about your health your family may because they need you and you need to be there for them, I hope.
Let’s have a“Whealth Care” system. It’s a lot less less expensive and more effective for you and us.