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Health Crisis

In reading many of the articles recently about the “health care crisis” and “universal health care” I have decided to weigh in.  First of all our medical care is top in the world.  You cannot get better care any where else.  We have the best facilities, schools, doctors, surgeons etc.   They can save your life when the time comes.  There is no debate.  So the problem isn’t with our medical ability.  So what is the crisis?  Some people think that the crisis is that it costs too much or that it’s not accessible to enough people.  This is a result of the crisis, but not the crisis its self.

The crisis is that everyone seems to think that our medical establishment is designed to keep us healthy rather than what it is designed for, to save lives.  We all know what we should do to be healthy, it’s called maintenance.  We understand it with cars and houses.  We know that if we eat right, exercise, get plenty of rest, a check up and a tune up occasionally then barring some unforeseen accident or extreme illness we will be healthy.  Some times your insurance will cover an annual physical/checkup, but it will not cover exercise.  Chiropractic maintenance isn’t either.  That’s understandable, none of your car maintenance is covered in your car insurance.  That’s because car insurance only covers accidents and rare mishaps.  Even knowing that we still do it.  Because if you don’t take your car in for regular maintenance you expect it to break down.  What would happen to our country’s medical expenses if people did maintenance care on themselves?  Costs would go down.

That is the crisis.  The reason we cannot solve this crisis with new laws is because we live in a free country.  We cannot mandate that everyone make healthy choices.  The only way that we can solve this crisis is through education, changing the hearts and minds of Americans when it comes to HEALTH care.

As an example here is a study that was done by insurance companies.  It found that people who sought regular chiropractic maintenance care cost the insurance company less.  Now that means that either chiropractic care reduces health care costs directly by reducing the frequency of illness; or that people who embrace the idea of maintenance care as taught by chiropractors are more willing to take healthy care of themselves.  Either way it’s a good thing.

Sure the government can offer help and even incentives, and so can insurance companies, but the attitude of the majority of Americans must change to a wellness model of health care.

Healthcare Reform More Powergrab than Reform

From what I can tell the major players are all fighting to get the most power from “Health Care Reform” that they can through positioning.  I get a sense of urgency from everyone in more ways than one.  There’s the hurry to the reform table  or we won’t get a seat.  That may be true, there are groups trying to cut people out now.  Second I feel like this reform is being pushed so fast so that no one will be able to see what it really is, kind of like the “Stimulus Bills” that no one even could read.

Here’s what I’ve seen at the meetings I’ve been too and in the news.  (I’m not even going to cite these things.  If anyone wants to link a story, feel free.)

The medical doctors are fighting a political battle to take away physician status from others.  They are doing this by trying to make it illegal to refer to yourself as a doctor unless you have the MD or DO degree.  This affects dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, lawyers, PhDs, etc…  They say it’s a public safety issue and they don’t want people confused, but in reality it goes to healthcare reform.  You see the “national health care” is to be modeled after medicaid/medicare (Oh that’s a good idea, they run great.) which places control with the physician.  If your a non-physician provider then you have less control and pay.  MD’s don’t go to management school, they are no better suited to be in charge of a musculoskeletal patient than they are to be in charge of a a patients teeth.  MDs have no extra special training.  It’s a power grab.

Physical Therapists are trying to become doctors for the same reason.  They don’t like being technicians and want some of that market share, so without really adding education they are trying to take the title or responsibilities.  Here in Utah recently they tried to sneak the term diagnose into their law, it’s just a term they said.  Well, doctors diagnose because they have the training, PT’s don’t have the training.

I know these turf wars are going all over throughout healthcare.  I’m just more aware of the chiropractic ones.  There are battles for control going between providers and insurance companies, and insurance and government officials, the only group that I don’t see fighting is the patients.  Why is that?  Why won’t the people speak up and take personal responsibility?  It’s your health take care of it!  Here’s one way you can: ChiroVoice it’s the voice of patients.