Caution! You are about to enter the “No Doctor Zone”

cautionI am back to blogging but I will warn you up front, some of my news is not good. We are about to enter a new era of medical problems. No it is not a new disease, but our failure of ability to treat disease. Our “over – regulated” health care system is becoming so expensive, the average US citizen cannot afford it. The 900+ pages of the Affordable Care Act is not the answer. This Act is suppose to provide all Americans medical coverage. That is great, but we do not have enough doctors to treat these “newly insured” patients.

Have you noticed delays getting appointments with your doctor? Or have you experienced the long waits and then the short visits once the doctor gets into the room. Doctors themselves are voicing their concerns. They lack time to provide optimal care. This inability to devote enough time with the patient, A.K.A.- YOU will result in greater numbers of tragic outcomes. Many patients report having to drive long distances only to wait longer and longer to see a doctor. Emergency rooms are overused.

Predictions: by the Association of American Medical Colleges

  • The Affordable Care Act will extend coverage to 3o million  Americans in 2014.
  • By 2015 the U.S. will have 62,900 fewer doctors than we need.
  • By 2025 the U.S. will have 100,000 fewer doctors than we need.

Facts:

  • 50% of Primary Care doctors have stopped accepting new Medicaid patients. (This means those entitled to free health care may not find a willing doctor.)
  • 45.8% of physicians suffer a symptom of burnout.
  • High tuition costs and stringent academic requirements discourage new students to enter the medical field.

The health professionals involved in preventative medicine realized long ago that poor lifestyle choices and an aging population would create shortages of all kinds of medical services. The Affordable Care Act only accelerates this health crisis.

So that is the bad news. Now for some good news.

  • You can take individual responsibility for your health.
  • You can be proactive.
  • You do not have to wait and be a victim doomed for an early death.

Many people suffer with reversible and preventable diseases. For example, let’s look at hypertension. If your blood pressure is not in an optimal range, you have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. A blood pressure reading above 115/75 can be a cause for concern. Most doctors today don’t even treat a patients elevated blood pressure until it reaches 140/90 which is a danger level. Elevated cholesterol levels especially elevated LDL is one of the causes of atherosclerosis. Fasting glucose levels over 85mg/dL has been shown to increase the rate of heart attacks by 40%.  Type II diabetes has reached epidemic proportion. Children as young as age ten are being diagnosed with this debilitating disease, which can be prevented. It has been predicted the life expectancy of this generation of children to be less than their parents. This is a first!

Something must change and that something can be YOU. If you suffer with type II diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, sleep apnea, acid reflux, asthma, migraines, arthritis or gout, you can improve or totally eliminate these diseases. Yes, it is possible. The best way to avoid being a victim of this “No Doctor Zone” is to take aggressive care of your precious health each and every day. Getting to a healthy weight is the first step, then learning ways to insure you stay healthy. This insurance comes from educating yourself on healthy food choices, healthy habits, essential supplements and a continued lifestyle change. Learn as much as you can about health. Seek accurate and  proven knowledge. Make a  vow not to be 100% reliant on that burned out, overworked and time pressed physician. Make that decision to take charge and empower yourself. As your health coach, I will support you in your efforts.

For a longer life,

Linda

 

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