Take Health Care Responsibility

The World Health Organization reports that the United States has the 37th best health care system in the world.  America’s health care system is fraught with problems and its patient satisfaction is rated among the worst in the world.  Even though America’s health care system is envied by the world, it ranks at the bottom of many health care indicators.  In the developed world, the United States is at the bottom of the list for infant mortality and life expectancy.Health care responsibility is the process is taking control of your health care.  The health care system has many problems, but great health care can be obtained if you are a smart health care consumer. Being educated does not mean that you need to have a medical degree or even a high school diploma; it means that you know how to get and transmit critical information.Having a system to organize and communicate your health information will significantly improve health care.  You need a system to organize your medical information.  Having this information improves the relationship with your doctor and having a good relationship with the physician who serves as your primary care provider is an essential step to getting optimal health care.  The current capitalistic health care system focuses on profit instead of patient care.

This does not mean that you cannot receive great health care in the current system.  It does mean that you will have to do more than have a good doctor.  You need to take responsibility for your health care.  Health care responsibility includes understanding your health and disease states, organizing your health information and communicating it with the system.  As ramifications of Obamacare continue to play out, it becomes clearer that the changes made are the wrong ones.

The new law cuts $575 billion from Medicare, but uses the savings to fund a new health entitlement, rather than deal with the financial insolvency that Medicare faces.Furthermore, countless employers have said Obamacare accelerated increases in their health insurance premiums, prompting them to consider dropping coverage or pass more of the cost onto employees and their families.

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