Enjoy these two segments recently featured on San Diego’s Public Broadcasting System.

Part 1 Health Care’s Institutional Illness

Part 2 How to Cure America’ Health Care Crisis

A perfect storm has been brewing just over the horizon and is heading this way, bringing with it a torrent that has the power to ruin the lives of whomever it touches. The leaders of our nation have seen the forecasts and are wringing their hands not knowing what to do about it. This storm will wreak more havoc than any natural disaster in history, leaving millions of Americans sick and unprotected, at least the lucky ones. The unlucky ones will not survive. The name of this storm is not a common name like Katrina, Andrew or Wilma. It is called America’s Health Care Crisis.

Most people are completely unaware of how big this America’s Health Care Crisis storm is, but much like other disastrous events in our history, the day will soon come when the world as we all know it will end. Early signs of the looming storm have already begun to impact us. Just consider these facts:

* Every 30 seconds in the United States someone files
for bankruptcy due to a serious health problem.
According to a recent study by Harvard University,
researchers found that 50 percent of all bankruptcy
filings in the United States were the direct result of
excessive medical expenses.

* Health care spending in the United States is more than
$1.8 trillion, which is more than four times the amount
spent on national defense and almost forty times the
amount spend on Homeland Security.

* Although nearly 45 million Americans are uninsured, the
United States spends more on health care than other
industrialized nations, and those countries provide
health insurance to all their citizens.

* In 2003, the United States spent 15.3 percent of its
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care. It is projected
that the percentage will reach 18.7 percent in 10 years. By
contrast, universal health systems in other countries
consume much less of their GNP: Canada – 8.4%;
Sweden – 9.1%; Germany – 8.2%; Japan – 6.8%; UK
– 6.2%.

* According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the
Health Research and Educational Trust, premiums for
employee-sponsored health insurance in the U.S. have
risen five times faster than worker’s earnings since
2000.

* In fact, most people are shocked to find out that
Starbuck’s Coffee spends more money on health care
costs than they do on coffee, and General Motors
spends more on health care costs than they do on
steel!

The incredibly high cost of health care in this country could even be tolerated if the enormous expense led to better health among the population, but this hasnít been the case. According to a study by the World Health Organization, the United States ranked a pathetic 15th among 25 industrialized nations based on a wide variety of health measures including infant mortality, the percentage of the population who have access to health care and the incidence of degenerative disease. The United States ranks behind the entire European Union and countries such as Cuba, South Korea, Singapore, Aruba, Greece and the Czech Republic.

To make matters worse, the current state of our medicine-based health care system actually contributes to an increase in disease and disability. This should be alarming. There are six times as many people who die from medical mistakes as from HIV/AIDS. A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) documented the danger of relying on medicine as the primary means to promote health. In the JAMA article, Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health listed the negative health effects of the U.S. health care system itself, including:

12,000 deaths per year from unnecessary surgery
7,000 deaths per year from medication errors
20,000 deaths per year from other errors in hospitals
116 million unnecessary physician visits
77 million unnecessary prescriptions
17 million unnecessary emergency department visits
8 million hospitalizations
3 million long-term admissions
199,000 unnecessary deaths
$77 billion in unnecessary costs

Read the entire Introduction to Discover Wellness

About

June 20, 2007

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A powerful and practical guide focused on fixing the cause of America’s health care crisis: the number of people suffering chronic lifestyle diseases. With over 50% of personal bankruptcies related to medical debt and companies such as Starbucks spending more money on health care than on coffee, America’s present health care crisis is making America sick.

Discover Wellness solves America’s health care crisis not by claiming to cure all disease with the elusive holy grail of medical treatments but by providing common sense, time tested, proven advice for better health through better living.

Ultimately, we are all paying the bill for health care it’s just a matter of what you choose to call it: taxes, increased premiums or increased prices of products and services. At the end of the line we all pay for the cost of sickness in America.

We welcome constructive ideas and creative suggestions, encourage positive debate that works toward common ground and positive outcomes. Our only goal is to do what we can to address, what economists and health trend experts predict to be America’s #1 issue.

We invite you to join the conversation…

Hello World…

June 20, 2007

Good body every day, excuse me I mean good day, everybody,
Welcome to Discover Wellness. Please look around and discover a fresh perspective to the ultimate solution to America’s health care crisis. Although the title sounds simple, we recognize it’s not. That is why it is so important for more and more people to join the conversation and participate. It’s only by each of us realizing what’s in it for us, that we can once and for all reverse the trend that truly threatens to bankrupt America.

Sound like fear tactics, I wish it were. See what America’s top accountant has to say about it on his recent appearance on 60 Minutes.
60 Minutes Video Clip