Healthcare of the DIY Kind
Healthcare truly is a Do It Yourself (DIY) commodity these days and a great many people do not understand this. It is truly not being taught in our schools. It is one of those home inspired lessons that are not being taught at home. Lots of folks are hanging on to their jobs which have health insurance benefits and lots of folks believe the emergency room is how you see the doctor.
Healthcare in the USA is a big business with lots of profits. The Insurance Industry decides what illnesses you can have and what illnesses they do not acknowledge. They decide who can administer their healthcare benefits and who may not.
Most families, who think of themselves as middle class are just one illness away from financial ruin. There is no middle class any more, there are those who are descending into upper levels of lower class and those who are upper middle class and believe if they play it safe they will make it thru or that they have found the magic in the system. Only 10% of the folks have all the wealth and security that brings.
Healthcare was the subject of 26 articles and blog posts I read this past week. All but 3 of the articles were fear mongering about how the new healthcare plan is already not working and how folks are being denied care – so vote for someone else, who is their suggested candidate.
Going to Fact Check and I discovered that most of this information in these articles is based on 2004 information, statistics and twisted suggestions and outcomes. This is just political ranting and raving casting out to the ignorant- the sound bite driven populace. So what’s NEW?
I have been denied healthcare coverage for the past 20 years for the malady which I contend with and am working on healing. I do not fit into any of the categories or numbered definitions available.
Our health insurance company changed the rules in 2010 and failed to notify their customers. They tell us an information booklet is coming out by the end of the year; now pay us more money.
And just wait until you turn 60. Those 6 years before you receive Medicare are quite the doozy! Don’t tell me you were not forewarned. And there is a lot of cage rattling about Medicare; please take note.
Healthcare in the USA is about taking care of yourself and learning all you can. One needs to keep learning all the time about how to eat healthfully, how to maintain the body, and when something goes wrong have some concept or idea of what your body is trying to tell you. Those 15 to 20 minutes of time with the Doctor may get you stuck in the wrong code or treatment plan, not to mention paying for a large number of tests.
I budgeted $20,000 for our healthcare needs for 2010. It is the 8th month and we have already used all of those funds. Those dollars are just for premiums, co-pays and deductibles. We eat very healthily and exercise well – and we never stop learning and researching.
The real reason healthcare is on my mind is because we are having an election, our state primary is next week. I am working on my knowledge base, questioning and teaching what I know, but I do not have something to advocate for – to promote, except Healthcare DIY.
One voice plus one voice plus one voice = This can change the world.
How do you do your healthcare? If you live in a country that provides healthcare, how do you advocate for yourself and keep yourself healthy? Are there voices in your area advocating new definitions of health and health care? Do you pay your taxes and your insurance premiums? How should we pay for the poor, and the middle class?
Looking forward to your great comments: