Prevention Is To Be Proactive
In defense of the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare means to take care of your health, to stay healthy. In America we have sickness care. And that keeps medical establishment happy while you are sick.
Not enough attention to one very important aspect of the Obamacare is that it encourages and promotes prevention.
Unfortunately Democrats and the current White House suck at public relation and the propaganda about it’s accomplishments.
Real problem with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the administration did a terrible job explaining the important parts of this new law. One of which is prevention. In a long run just this (prevention) should greatly improve people’s health and reduce healthcare cost overall.
Here are some facts.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced that the healthcare reform law provided approximately 54 million private health plan participants with at least one new free preventive service in 2011.
In 2011, the healthcare reform law put employers on the hook for preventive care by prohibiting co-pays or deductibles on things like mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopies, well-child visits, flu shots and other medical services designed to catch and prevent serious conditions before they become bigger problems.
The law also made preventive services free for most people on Medicare, and it’s estimated that another 32.5 million people on Medicare received at least one free preventive service in 2011. That brings the law’s beneficiary grand total to 86 million. http://www.hrmorning.com/86-million-benefit-from-obamacare-mandate/
The fact that getting more people access to the healthcare when ‘small’ illnesses can be treated before they become more complicated and dramatically more expensive, will save considerably more money than we spend in the long term.
A new study conducted by The University Of California Irvine and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, has produced some results that indicate that the approach taken by the ACA(Affordable Care Act) may be very much on the right track.
The study involved giving health insurance to some 26,000 previously uninsured people in Richmond, Virginia, allowing them to access primary care services in the area. The demographics of those participating in the program were designed to match the demographics of those who will be affected by the expansion of the Medicaid program in 2014.
Similar to Medicaid, participants were responsible to re-enroll in the program proactively for subsequent years.
To date, the study reveals that primary-care visits, for patients who continued to participate it the program for three years, rose from 1.06 in the first year to 1.60 visits annualized over the three years of the study. Not surprisingly, the emergency room visitation rate fell from 1.02 for these folks in the first year to .74 by the end of year three. When measuring the change in health care costs for those participants who increased their visits to a primary care physician during the three year period while decreasing the number of visits to the emergency room, the study reveals that, on average, the total annual health care costs per enrollee fell from $8,899 in year one, to a startling $4,569 in year three—an almost 50 percent decline in the cost of health care per individual.http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/03/12/early-signs-that-obamacare-is-on-the-right-track-to-reduce-costs/
So my usual and constant advise is to learn how to live healthy. Proper diet, exercise, reducing stress, meditation and positive attitude in general. And if you hate your job – do something else. Be proactive. Be happy. Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling.