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This Can Never Be Said Too Often

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  Patrick Smith wrote @ July 7th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I have been a part of the health care system for 35+ years serving in financial and administrative positions for providers including a national cancer center and a nationally recognized children’s hospital. I have also been on the payer side, working for two HMO’s and profits on both sides are always more important then the members/patients allegedly served.

Throughout my career in Healthcare, I have observed some of the best and some of the worst in what we call a system, which in reality is not a system at all, but rather a host of providers that network and feed each other. Sometimes the patient fares well, and sometimes the patient is sacrificed for lack of being an advocate for themselves.

Americans and the American system of healthcare has yet to accept responsibility for the failure to be held accountable for our actions and inactions.
All the money in the world, or at least 15-20% of our GNP has been to no avail as we mistakenly believe that we are invincible and have the right to abuse our bodies and then ask others to pick up the tab.

Ken Thorpe has identified the real reasons why our healthcare system is so expensive and is in failing health. Unless the OBama Administration and Americans collectively accept responsibility for our failures and address the real reasons for increased healthcare, we will simply continue down the path of failure.

There are but two truths that I see that can prevent this nation from enduring what appears to be a disaster in Healthcare:

1. Exercise, diet and common sense can do more to reduce the cost of healthcare then any other initiative being proposed. Instead of video games we should be hiking, running and walking. Instead of smoking, drinking and eating fatty foods, diets need to be radically adjusted. Prevention really is less expensive than the cure, if it’s not too late for a cure.
2. Managing end of life health issues for the chronically ill will require Americans to acknowledge their mortality as opposed to denial, enabling us to make better decisions on when “Just say no” to the surgery and endless drugs that add little or nothing to the quality of life.

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