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Comments made by EdieS

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 2)

Two things that don't really seem to be addressed are personal responsibility and the triad that keeps running these discussions about health care and its costs. People need to assume some responsibility for their own health: weight management, diet, exercise, stress, etc. There aren't magical ways of treating these issues; individuals have to take care of themselves. They can see primary care providers (not always a doctor by the way), specialists, be hospitalized, have home care, whatever, but until an individual assumes responsibility for their health, they won't be healthy.
On the second point, by continuing to invite doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to organize the system, we continue to get a system that benefits doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Where are the nurse practitioners, physician assistants, therapists, pharmacists, nurses,etc. in this discussion? Why is it whenever anyone talks about primary care, they only mention physicians? Other providers are licensed to provide that care, at a lower cost, although many insurance companies won't pay unless the care is "overseen" by a doctor, which translates into an increased cost.

Thanks for your time

August 4, 2009 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )