Sunday Thoughts (solving healthcare)

You’re going to be hearing a lot about polls in the coming months.

With next year an election year (maybe you’ve heard), it’s inevitable.

Regardless of who you support or what you believe, most people in this country can agree on this: the state of healthcare in this country is far from perfect.

It’s hard to get most people to agree on what to do about it, of course. But most people do agree something should be done…

In fact, a recent Gallup poll found 7 out of 10 believe U.S. healthcare is in a “state of crisis.”

Guess what? That’s not new.

Heck, it was 50 years ago (!) that President Nixon first declared the very same thing!

It’s common knowledge that America spends more than any nation on the planet on healthcare. And that part isn’t getting any better.

Back when Nixon was sounding the alarm, that was less than 7% of total GDP. Today, it’s closer to 18% and rising…

But while everyone bickers about how care should be doled out, who should get it or how much, and whether that’s a “right” or a “privilege,” to me, we need to take a big step back and examine the big flaw in the system itself.

Because it’s not really “healthcare” at all. It’s “disease care.”

We wait until we get sick, and we chase a way to fix it. (And try not to go bankrupt in the process.)

We treat symptoms with expensive “solutions” like dangerous surgery or drugs that muck with the way our bodies function normally.

Often causing new problems along the way.

Disease care does little to keep us healthy, when you think about it. It does generate some pretty healthy profits though…

But preventing disease in the first place, while not nearly as profitable, is surely healthier. And ultimately that starts at home.

I try to support each one of you the best way I know how. When I hear that some advice or something I’ve offered is helpful, it’s gratifying, for sure. But I’ll fully admit, a lot of what I research or create comes from selfishness too.

I want to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible, so this isn’t some “do as I say, not as I do” schtick. That it can help other people is an amazing bonus.

I do my best to eat a healthy diet most of the time. I make time for regular exercise. I supplement my diet where and when I need to.

And I keep reading and learning and trying to find ways to avoid what most people in this country think is inevitable…

A rapid decline as we age, and a laundry list of problems.

Health, like disease, isn’t something that just happens to you. Sometimes you have to work at it.

But isn’t that true of anything worth having?

And if you don’t have your health, what do you really have? Any effort you put towards staying healthy is one of the best investments you can make.

Let the politicians and bureaucrats bicker. Let them tinker and pontificate, or maybe, make real change to the “system” for once.

There’s not much I can do about all that. Probably not much you can do either.

But you can work to keep yourself out of the system as long as possible.

Protecting your health, your independence, your freedoms and your wallet along the way.

Something to think about as you get out for a healthy walk today…

You were planning on doing that, weren’t you? 😉

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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1 thought on “Sunday Thoughts (solving healthcare)

  1. Jeff,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. We must first remember that the healthcare industry is an industry meaning that it runs on good old fashioned capitalism. There are a lot of people making money on people getting sick which makes for resistance when change is proposed. Let me be clear, however, that I am not a corporate conspiracy theorist. I work for a reputable medical device company that provides life benefitting and life-saving technology. And while I personally try to avoid pharmaceuticals, they do play an important role in managing health. The point is that because the healthcare industry is profitable, it will be resistant to change.

    Many people complain about how our healthcare system is broken. However, I would bet that the majority of those people have not traveled to hospitals around the world. There are plenty of horror stories of bad things going on in our hospitals and clinics, but I have seen first hand how hospitals in the U.S. are the best in the world. Even compared to our European and Canadian counterparts, we have the finest facilities, equipment, staff, and physicians. Patients don’t have to wait months for elective surgery. Medical research and education in the US are recognized as being the best in the world with US medical schools attracting students from all corners of the globe.

    I agree that there are many problems to fix and better ways of delivering optimal, cost-effective healthcare. However, we must make sure that we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    Jeff, I personally believe that the best way to improve US healthcare is to do what you are doing every day. That is to teach people to take responsibility for their own health, and to be educated and aware of the best way to care of themselves. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure. And that my friend, is why I support your mission and buy your products.

    With highest regards,

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