Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Health Scare

So I just subscribed to the magazine Body + Soul, and in the Jan/Feb issue, they have this awesome article on what they believe health care reform should really be.  Enough with these goddamn pharmaceutical companies. We need to talk about health care from the ground up. What we eat, how we feel, how we exercise and interact with other people. What are life at home is like. What our life at work is like. Enough about trying to FIX all of these problems, why can't we learn and teach people to PREVENT these problems?!?!?!? 

At the end of the article, they share a few stats, beginning with this: " Many Americans assume that our health-care system is the best in the world, but statistics tell a more complicated story."

95% of US health-care funds go towards treating illness. 

5% goes to prevention. 

38% of American adults use CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

18 Minutes: Average appointment time with a physician in the U.S.

18 Seconds: Average time a patient speaks before a doctor interrupts. 

$76 Billion: Cost of health care associated with physical inactivity in the year 2000. 

I seriously can't believe how wasteful our current health care system is. Where is all the money going? Oh, wait. Don't answer that. STUPID QUESTION. Right now, I am unfortunate that my employer does not pay for my health care. Fortunately, I pay for it myself. I am poor because of it, however I'd rather have it than nothing at all. What's $200 a month compared to THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of dollars in debt because I got into a car accident. Or got pneumonia.  Also, I am very fortunate that the doctor I chose, one that was recommended to me by someone in my family, is amazing.  She took the time to get to know me, ask me what was stressing me out, and really listen to what I had to say. When I had my melt down and she wasn't there to see me, she called me to find out if I was OK and told me what she thought she should do to help me. That is a doctor who is DOING HER JOB.  Rather than just tell me how to fix things, she tells me how to stay healthy. I appreciate her so much, and I am so happy to have found her. 

I should not be the only one gushing about my doctor, every citizen in this country should be gushing about their own doctors instead of complaining about how shitty or rude theirs is...Or that they do not have one at all. I really agree when people say that it's up to us to change health care. Better eating habits, exercise, and really listening to our bodies. Yes, I definitely need to practice what I preach. With more encouragement I know that I'm not the only one who can be inspired to change. Like Mahatma Gandhi said "Be the change that you want to see in the world." We should all be practicing this, and showing others, especially the children of today, how to properly take care of themselves, and not RELY on doctors to FIX them. 

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