Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Weighing An Ounce Of Healthcare Prevention

"In all the ways the Obama administration and others are proposing to cut healthcare costs, including a single-payer option, limiting malpractice claims, and increased use and uniformity of electronic medical records, there is one that everyone - patients and doctors both - can utilize immediately: preventative health. The next time you talk to a doctor, ask ‘How much of what you see in a day is preventable?’ Whether the doctor is an internist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, or orthopedist, you may be surprised by the answer. I am not suggesting that if we just took better care of ourselves we would eliminate the need for a medical profession, but preventing illness has always been less expensive and more effective than trying to treat it. And the biggest threats to our health are largely preventable: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.


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