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Medicare Won’t Go Broke, But We Could Do A Lot More to Lower Costs and Be Healthier

Medicare may not go broke, but there are certain things we can do to lower our healthcare costs and increase our health. One is to get vaccinated for pneumonia and flu. Pneumonia and flu combined is the fifth leading cause of death among seniors, yet 30% of Americans over 65 don’t get vaccinated, even though […]

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Demand the Right Care and Eliminate Unnecessary Care!

It is well known that Americans get too much unnecessary care to the tune of over $700 billion dollars and over 20,000 preventable deaths. Incredibly, as reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the medium level of needed necessary care across 45 core measurements is only 59%! For example, the best practice guidelines recommends that […]

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Let’s Put Health Back Into Healthcare!

Since the advent of health insurance, more of an emphasis has been placed on treating disease than in promoting health, resulting in a “disease care”. Healthcare reform  should be about how we make people healthy rather than how we get people healthcare insurance. A healthcare system focused on you, rather than on your disease. We must change […]

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Reform Medicare Spending While Increasing the Quality of HealthCare

It looks like we’re going full-steam ahead with Universal Healthcare, and well we should. However, if we don’t reduce the costs of Medicare the system will still bankrupt us. By 2030 there will be 71 million Americans over the age of 65 accounting for approximately 20% of the population. Due to these demographic shifts, healthcare spending […]

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When To Talk About Death and Dying?

Death and dying is a tough subject for us to broach. However, as we get older it  becomes important to have a family discussion about what to do if you’re incapacitated in the hospital with not much hope of recovery. Advanced directives such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), a Living Will, or Durable Power of Attorney […]

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