DIY Healthcare, Electronic Records and Being Hung Out to Dry
The sun came out and so did my sewing machine; biking guy is now off working on knee recovery from his jogging fall and resulting stitches and I am attempting to mend the summer sheets. I need to be clear, it is only the top sheet, the bottom sheet had an unrepairable problem last year, and as force of habit, I had put it in the fabric box for future projects.
Top sheet is too threadbare in this spot, I have tried to reweave, used a patch and the stitches will not hold, my task is unraveling. Wash, hang it on the line, then fold it and put it in the fabric box. Oops, I need to rethink this, for on my list is the cleaning out of the fabric box and giving up the “always preparedness” aspect of parenting. What wondrous project will transpire or costume will we behold for future reference? This is no longer my job.
I am that sheet- simply elegant, white background with water colored flowers, of organic cotton, and torn. I need to keep changing.
On Thursday of the past week, I was told I was being irresponsible. I had to defend myself, but only for a moment. I went to our guru health care broker with my well researched and thought out plans and shared with him a few of the many things I had learned over my summer course of study-lifetime of working the health insurance landscape and he said that the 2 of the 4 designs I had proposed were irresponsible.
I listened to the small instruction on how we as citizens need to understand our bodies and do preventative health care. Then I shared with the guru that because of my cooking and care and my partner’s exercise regime, this 63 year old man sitting in his office’s real age was 38.
We had no list of medications to share with him, and we have all the worksheets, x-rays, dental records, vision records, and childhood medical records that we could have in our possession in our possession. I have done the same for my children, because early on, I realized that a person is a DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) experience limited to one lifetime.
I did not choose the no health care option or the divorce option. I chose my own separate CATASTROPHIC healthcare plan – worst case scenario my family will only be out $6,850.00. – this is called the Stop Gap. I will only get comfort care. I will need to pin this on my sleeve, because if I am unconscious or my family is not there to tell the ER or attending physician and they do work that I did not authorize – the insurance company is not going to pay them and they will be bankrupting my family.
Of course, my family can prepare a lawsuit. They will not, they will do what they have been taught and attempt to be responsible.
I am happy to report that in my state at least 2 health insurance companies have responded with 9 new “Not for Profit” health care plans that are very remarkable. They would not have done so without the new Health Care Laws in place.
I do not think that I am alone. I do not think that most people understand DIY Healthcare and what that means. Do you know what the Health Insurance Commissioner in your state is doing? If you live in the USA do you know when the “Not for Profit” healthcare plans will be available for review in your state? How many union representatives are a part of the review process? On the boards?
This is a good reminder that UNIONS brought us health care benefits along with weekends in the first place!
Do you understand how this country was built upon slavery and it is still treating stay at home mothers as slaves?
If your only source of health information is the media, I wish you Good Luck, because I found that none of them know of what they are talking about and their statistics are mostly from 2002-2004. Remember they are entertainers. Please don’t wait until you are 60 to do your homework.
Healthcare is an interesting debate. Essentially, people are being forced to save themselves in the face of bankruptcy and financial ruin. It’s an industry shrouded by political tensions and outlandish promises. Promises that electronic records will save millions and put many to work sit opposite of cries that additional medical coding and billing certification is unnecessary and putting people out of work. While the healthcare debate has carried on for months, few alternative systems have been presented, much less considered. Naturopathic medicine is little spoken about but increasingly practiced. Prevention based campaigns are out there, but not taken seriously and are mired in an economy based on processed foods and growing company profits with little care of the average consumer.
Now I am going to take my information and share with churches, schools, parent groups and folks in need. I am going to collect questions and research answers. I am going to share my list of resources on DIY healthcare – broadly. I am going to pass out information sheets from the health care companies and from the experts.
I am taking care of myself first and foremost, and oh yes, I ordered new organic cotton sheets made in the USA.
How do you educate yourself about healthcare? How do you take an active role? How do you keep your records? Do You know of a software program for individual and family records? Could you design and create one?
As always looking forward to how you add to this discussion with your astute comments.
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