This is a time of great change in how health care is delivered in our country and there’s a lot of pressure to reduce the cost of care. There are three major players who have an impact on the cost of health care; the government, medical professionals and the patient. I spend a lot time talking on this blog about governmental policy and changes in the health care delivery model so today I’d like to focus on the patient.
It’s highly likely that in future years we will all pay more for our care. As patients, we can take more responsibility for our own wellness. We can make conscious decisions about what we can do for ourselves and our families so that we may have healthier lives.
We can’t completely control the future and some aspects of our health are out of our control, but we can raise our odds by eating well, being physically and mentally active, working toward a healthy weight and not smoking, among other things. A focus on these areas will likely elevate your health.
It is important for all of us to learn what we can do to live healthier lives. Doing so will help to control health care costs but more importantly doing so will increase the value of our lives. In terms of healthy lifestyles knowledge really is power so make it a point to take some time to educate yourself on things like food choice, (note I didn’t say diet – I don’t like the word), exercise and activity and stress reduction.
GVMH is full of experts, don’t be afraid to ask one of them for information or advice.