What is Health Care? According to the definition in my online dictionary: The field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind. (note: it doesn’t mention money)
Would you say that this is what we have in the world? In Canada even? It’s not anymore, or at least not what it used to be. Any time money is the motivation for your health care it’s not health care. If you go to your doctor and he/she says, “That’s normal for a person your age.” What he means is, “There is no profit in me treating this illness or problem you are complaining of. Normal is not a nice word. What it means is maybe 20 years ago it wasn’t normal and we would have treated you, but today everyone has that problem because of crappy diets and lack of exercise so today what you have is normal and we don’t treat it anymore.
If you go to your dentist and your insurance covers a treatment every nine months then you need to have it done every nine months. Why? Because your dentist wants the money every nine months, not every 12 or 18 months.
If your dentist recommends that you need a filling replaced, you get it done because your insurance pays for it. What do you care? Well, when you get a filling replaced the hole in your tooth is made bigger every time. Soon there is not a lot of tooth left. Then your dentist will want to put a crown on your tooth to save it. Frankly if you didn’t have the damn filling replaced every four years you wouldn’t need a crown today. Oh, and guess what? Your insurance doesn’t pay for the crown. You do. So, how often or when should you have a filling replaced? Ask your dentist, then ask 4 more. You’ll get 10 different answers. So when a dentist tells you that you need your fillings replaced (which mine did every time I moved to a new city and changed dentists) you need to ask, Why? Then do some research yourself before you commit. Seriously I have 8 fillings put in when I was 14 and had them all replaced when I moved at 18 and then moved again at 23 and had them replaced yet again. Why was it necessary to replace 8 fillings twice over 9 years? None that I know of… But my doctors told me I needed it done. So like a sheep I let them.
When your doctor starts making you feel like you’re in a used car lot and he’s the slimy salesman, it’s not health care.
Take money out of the equation for health care. The criteria for doing “a health care procedure” should not and can not be: Will the insurance company pay for it? Then yes we do it.
For the last 10 to 15 years I’ve been telling people, “You are responsible for your health care, so educate yourself.” If you rely on doctors to take care of you then be prepared to be ignored when your problems become simple old age. There is no cure or money in it. Treatment is not give because what you have is “Normal for a person your age”.
Normal does not mean healthy. Normal does not mean it’s OK. Normal doesn’t mean it’s fine and dandy. Normal means nothing at all.