As consumer-driven Americans, I think we know HOW to be smart consumers, but we don’t apply our normal buying rules to healthcare. And why should we, when there are so many reasons not to? First, it’s a complicated system that most don’t fully understand. Then there’s the fact that pricing isn’t transparent. Finally, the end user (that’s you and me) isn’t paying for the service - instead “insurance is paying for it,” so why do I need to worry about the costs?
I recently flew from Seattle to Bowling Green, Kentucky for a business meeting. Sounds easy enough, right? No! It was truly a “trains, planes and automobiles”-type experience. I spent 40 minutes on a train to the airport, arrived at the airport 60 minutes prior to my flight, the flight time combined with layover time was 8 hours, then a 90 minute drive to Bowling Green. I finally arrived at my hotel, only to get 5 hours sleep prior to my meeting. Then, I did it all over in reverse that evening to get home.
Did you know nearly 10% of the US population has Diabetes, including 25% of seniors? If trends continue, 1 in 3 American adults will have the disease by 2050. Look to the person on your left. Now to the person on your right. One of you will be diabetic.
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When is the last time you had a massage? I love them, but don’t get them often enough. You know you’ve had a great one when you stumble off the table with crease lines all over your face from the “donut hole” (I’m pretty sure that’s not the technical term) and you can’t remember the last 5 minutes of your life.
This is a guest post by Dr. Kent W. Davidson, M.D who works with our Doctors Online partners at eDocAmerica.