Restoring Health to Healthcare
The Only Path To Ending Our Healthcare Crisis
America is facing a worsening healthcare crisis. Even though we spend more than twice the average per person (about $10,000) on healthcare than any other industrialized country in the world, we are the sickest of them all. More and more people are getting sicker and sicker at younger and younger ages often with serious, chronic diseases and conditions (such as: cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, stroke and obesity) which are responsible for about 75% or more of our healthcare expenses. Overwhelming medical bills is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the USA. There are still millions of Americans without health insurance and millions more who have health insurance but it is often not enough to offset their healthcare costs. They are essentially underinsured. Insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles are high to begin with and are expected to be significantly higher in 2017. Major health insurance companies are significantly reducing their participation in the Affordable Care Act’s state based exchanges in 2017 because they are losing too much money.
The Republicans have so far unsuccessfully tried to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with three different bills which certainly brought to light the complexities of trying to put together a plan to help our ailing healthcare system and at the same time satisfy the concerns of the various factions involved. The bottom line here is that all of us want access to affordable, quality healthcare at a reasonable cost in terms of health insurance premiums, co-pays, deductibles and protection from financial ruin if one is unfortunately afflicted with a catastrophic illness or injury.
I believe most of us assume that these are the causes of the crisis. While all these are serious concerns, they are the results of the cause but they are not the real cause and unless we acknowledge the actual cause and do something to fix it, we will not get this healthcare crisis under control. This book does just that!
Part One – “What Our Nation Needs To Do”, identifies the underlying cause of the problems and then describes the key parts of the solution that provides affordable, quality healthcare for all and exactly what the government, the insurance companies and the healthcare professionals need to do to get this done. It also shows how this can be accomplished without adding billions of dollars to our nation’s debt or increasing taxes or cutting Medicaid or Medicare services or reimbursements to healthcare providers.
Part Two- “What Each Of Us Needs To Do”, describes what each of us can do to help ourselves and our country end this major problem once and for all. It introduces the Wellness Continuum which is a simple, self-manageable guide on how you can improve and monitor your individual health and wellness.