Taken from an article by Dr. Mercola, www.mercola.com, 22 December 2012
There is no doubt we are in a health care crisis of massive proportions. The Affordable Care Act is the current proposed solution, but to any person aware of the facts, it should be evident that so-called "ObamaCare" is not a viable solution because. . . . it doesn't give necessary attention to prevention.
The ACA will promote rather than solve the current problem of wasteful spending. American medical care is the most expensive in the world. The U.S. spends more than twice as much on each person for health care as most other industrialized countries, but no strategies are included in the Act to actually prevent illness and reduce health care costs. Instead, it expands an already flawed model of "care" that continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
A recent review of U.S. health care expenses by the Institutes of Medicine revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually. If you think it's bad now, wait until the ACA is implemented. There is nothing to prevent wastefulness already inherent in the current Medicare and Medicaid system.
SIX MAJOR AREAS OF WASTE
Unnecessary services - $210 billion
Inefficient delivery of care - $130 billion
Excess administrative costs - $190 billion
Inflated prices - $150 billion
Improper payments - $70 billion
Fraud - $75 billion
$825 billion areas of waste that should have been addressed!
The United States spends $2.7 trillion annually, TWICE the amount per person as most other industrialized nations. If this spending actually resulted in Americans being among the healthiest people on the planet, it would be one thing. What is money if you have your health, right? Unfortunately, that isn't the case.
Using life expectancy as a barometer for the return of our investment shows us that this expenditure is entirely in vain as the U.S. life expectancy ranks 49th in the world, and this is despite the fact that we are spending more on our health care than any nation on earth.
Inefficiency and waste are one thing, but statistics tell us that the U.S. health care system as a whole is shockingly dangerous in a number of different ways. Guaranteed health insurance does not equate to guaranteed health care.
Medical mistakes occur across the board regardless of what type of health insurance you have. All in all, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
From medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures, heart disease, cancer deaths and infant mortality, authors of many articles describe in excruciating detail how the pharmaceutical drugs is the fourth leading cause of death, and how the modern conventional American medical system has bumbled its way into becoming the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.
The cost of adverse drug reactions alone is more than $136 billion annually which is greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. You can take control of your health, and you don't have to listen to or abide this system that makes and keeps you sick in order to make corporations wealthy. There are ways major and minor ailments and diseases may be warded off with a healthy way of life. Even infectious diseases like the flu can often be eased or avoided entirely.
Imagine the lowered death toll, not to mention costs to the economy if more people decided to take control of their health. The added bonus is the healthier you are, the less you will need to rely on conventional medical care (which is the leading cause of death, remember).
SO WHAT DOES A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE INCLUDE?
1 - Proper food choices
2 - Comprehensive exercise program
3 - Stress reduction and positive thinking
4 - Optimal vitamin D with proper sun exposure
5 - High quality, animal-based omega 3 fats
6 - Avoid as many chemicals, toxins and pollutants as possible.
Avoiding pollutants means tossing out your toxic household cleansers, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides and insecticides and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
The most that can be said about the Affordable Care Act is that it's a start, but until the vested interests are removed from decision making within the law, we have much to do to make it a good law for every citizen.
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