The biggest problem with healthcare in America is that it doesn’t work.
Outcomes are abysmal. 1 in 8 people are diabetic. At the current rate, the CDC predicts 1 in 2 will be diabetic by 2050.
Most importantly, it fails to work for the most important person, and that’s YOU.
The reason it fails to work boils down to four things:
1.) It costs too much. Last year, conventional health insurance premiums for individual coverage averaged over $400 per month with a deductible of $4,000. Family plans averaged $800 per month with a deductible of $8,000. That’s $8,000 per individual and $18,000 per family before any co-pays, co-insurance, medications, or other out of pocket or out of network expenses! That’s a lot of money. And what does it give you?
2.) It doesn’t give you what you need. Patients need access to primary care physicians and specialists when they have questions. They want access to an expert who can help. Often they know more about their problems than the doctor. Instead of answers, they’re forced to stand in a line or wait for months for anyone to see them. When they finally get to meet with a physician, it’s only for 5 to 10 minutes… this is all dictated by the health insurance companies. The doctor has no choice but to order more labs, give you a prescription, and refer you to a specialist. All without any specific plan to get you healthier.
3.) It gives you what you don’t need. Conventional healthcare only treats the symptoms of your illness. It does not look at the root causes of illness, nor does it prescribe real solutions to make you healthy. The systematic overuse of healthcare services is a well-known problem that contributes to your high costs without any measurable outcomes.
4.) It’s a terrible experience. All the above contributes to a terrible experience, which is not conductive to getting you healthy. Lets’s say you go in because your joints are aching, and you want to talk about what’s causing them to hurt. You want advice, so you wait in line, and then a doctor writes tells you to start taking Ibuprofen, and then sends you off to see rheumatologist. Or if you think you have diabetes, which can be completely controlled through diet and exercise, the doctor writes a prescription for metformin, and sends you off to see an endocrinologist.
Why don’t they work to get you to restore your health to when you were young and vibrant? Because the system doesn’t make any money that way. Maybe it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time for you to take control of your health and be young and vibrant again.
And they descend further into the abyss of the sick care system.
The bottom line is… when you can no longer afford healthcare, the only option is to get and stay healthy.