Is This What you Want?

What if you paid lots of money for something that you needed to have access to, with the hopes of never using it? Sounds crazy already, right?

Then, what if you actually had to use what you needed to have that you paid lots of money for, and the results of what you used were worse than people who paid much less for that access? You would probably say that was a poor choice or bad investment, right?

What if the system we were analyzing was your health care system?  According the The Commonwealth Fund, the United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. 1health

Think about it, what good is something that you pay a tremendous amount of money for that underperforms when you rely on it? Is the health care system you pay into really a “health care” system, or is it a “sickness care” system? It is important to make that distinction. Do you rely on your health care system to optimize your health or is it designed to control a sickness or disease so that you can return to the way you felt before you experienced the sickness or disease?

If I had a broken arm, I would go to the emergency room to have my arm set. My arm needs the proper help to set the bone so that my arm can properly heal. If I had a breathing problem, is it in the best interest of my health to be put on a prescription for steroids? What is the goal of the steroids? Is it to allow my lungs to function better, to return to their optimal function? No, the goal of the steroids is to open up the airways of my lungs so I can feel better, but at what cost?

Over the years patients have told me, “If only you were covered by my insurance plan I could afford to see you.” I understand the process: You pay for insurance so that you can use it to improve your health. Is that really the role of insurance? Is insurance that you pay designed for your health care or for your sickness or disease control? If you agree that’s the role of insurance, then it is still a vital role. It’s important to understand the distinction – chiropractic care offered in this office is designed to IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, not to monitor or control your sickness or disease.

I am proud to offer health care in my office to help you be the BEST you can be. It is important to understand the difference between this and what you pay your insurance premiums for. I support you in making decisions that will help you regain and maintain optimal health.

1 http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror

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