This column is a continuation of last month’s post on American healthcare issues. If you missed it, see the previous post in my Blog.
Last month we discussed five topics, which I described as the “big-picture items.”
In last month’s column I talked about healthy families. That topic led me to thinking about the “health of our nation.” What health issues are you concerned about? Although there are specific public health issues such as chronic diseases, infections, and obesity, I would like to discuss the big-picture items (which indirectly impact our health) such as our doctor shortages, the cost of healthcare, aging, and hospital errors.
We need more healthy families. It begins with good parenting; I dare say, parenting is the most important job on the planet. Developing strong family units creates a healthier society of better citizens. It takes hard work and discipline to raise healthy families, and it also takes time and sacrifice.
Have you sat at the bedside of your loved ones in a hospital or nursing facility feeling helpless and frustrated? How many of us have heard our loved ones say the following? “I press the call light and wait forever. I am in pain…..I lost my dentures…. I cannot find my robe….. My rosary beads are gone…. The alarm goes off every time I try to get out of bed on my own…” If you don’t want this for your future, now may be the time to think about preserving your good health.
Do your family and loved ones a favor and get your important papers together and accessible for them. None of us plans to get sick or end up hospitalized, but it happens. Planning for medical care in advance eases the many burdens when there is a medical emergency. Where do you begin?
We are inundated with information about back pain. That’s because so many of us experience it, and pain is something that we obey. Here are some statistics from the American College of Rheumatology that will grab your attention: 80% of the world’s population develops back pain; the back-pain price tag for the U.S. alone is $50 billion dollars a year; and next in line to a cold, back pain is the second most common health affliction.
American’s gastrointestinal (GI) tracts are burning up with “heartburn.” Heartburn is not the accurate term; it is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Millions of Americans are diagnosed with some sort of symptoms of GERD with 15 million experiencing symptoms daily and 60 million having flare-ups at least once per month.
We can fix at least ten health problems that we may face. Let’s discuss how stress can make us sick. Stress is not just a feeling; it is actually a physiological response that is built into our bodies,
The answer is no. Women typically need more healthcare because of the demands of family planning and pregnancy. Did you know that women typically pay more in
We are finishing up the last section of a three-part series on how to develop a healthcare plan that works for you. We’ve included the steps of building relationships with your healthcare providers, gaining knowledge and health literacy about your health status, developing an effective system of communication and collaboration with those involved in your health plan, and the value of maintaining your own health record. Then we looked at what to do if you think you have been misdiagnosed and how to promote transparency when mistakes are made.