Healthcare: Ask Better Questions

EMAIL to President@whitehouse.gov

President Trump,

You are being led down the same path as Obama for healthcare solutions by the same consultants and lobbyists. Stop looking at their answers that have kept us stuck for 40+ years. The financial angle is not the solution for healthcare. Your industry consultants (like AEI) do not want the questions I’m asking to be asked, guess why.

I believe you want something different to make America Great and that’s why you were elected. The American public is stuck with a very broken system that is too self-serving; this kind of change is what you’ve targeted in your talks. I hope you will see the problem.

You need to ask different questions, I’ve written the questions that lead to better answers; find more than 50 blog posts that ask better questions here “Healthcare White Paper.” As a small business owner of 18 years, I’ve worked at insurance companies, with hospitals, doctors, individuals, the indigent, failing government organizations, large business and small.

Why not try something no one else is talking about; if you don’t go in a different direction the only fix will be a Government one. My posts point to a different solution.

May God Bless your work,

Don

*Don Watza, CEBS*
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Work, Money (economics) and Mission

Try to separate your work, money, and mission?

They all weave together in your everyday. In fact, they work toward the same end all day. The question is do you see each in your day, all day?

Struggle and conflict occur often because we think work, money, and mission don’t belong together. I’m curious what you think? Have you ever been at work and asked yourself “what am I doing here?”

Have you been at Church and found yourself distracted thinking about work?

As different as we all are, we are very much the same.

What do you do when you have time on your hands but no job? Do you worry about getting a better job? Do you worry about bills? We all have that conversation with ourselves that influences us. How often does your conversation include money, work, and mission? How much time do you spend thinking about these things and having that conversation? Why do you occupy yourself with these topics?

Of course, there are many other topics; family, sex, chores, kids, homework, school, and many others. But, on the whole, the conversation between your ears, I’m guessing, includes the three; work, money and mission. Is that true for you? Maybe I’ve got it wrong so share your thoughts below in the comments.

It occurred to me recently to pray for all three at once; work, money, and mission.

Quickly, my reason for my prayer: employee handbooks don’t say you can’t talk about God at work. Right? But, there’s a cultural taboo, “don’t talk about God at work,” right? But people are soulful, your fellow employee is seeking the joy God offers just as much as you. They are having the conversation you have with yourself; if I get more money, better work and fulfill my mission then I’ll be happy, joyful. Right?

Chasing money doesn’t make you happy, doing more work doesn’t make you happy, being focused on your mission but unable to pay your bills doesn’t make you happy. So, I decided I would pray for a job where I could have the full life God promises me (you too).

So, first, of the year I asked God for a job that; utilized my skills and experience (work), was at a place where I could be in a community that accepted my faith (mission) and paid enough to meet my bills (money).

Today, I read the quote from the Gospel of John (today’s reading) and realized my prayer that offered to God the best version of myself and organized my work to him was a prayer he answered.

whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:23-28

This new role is helping the owners of a small business. It uses my prior experience owner, economics, LEAN, HR, benefits (work), is set for 30 hours of work per week (money), and directs my efforts toward God (mission). Quite an answer to a prayer to do his will. LOL.

God’s sense of humor is not giving this gift when I was young, of course, I didn’t pray for this gift when I was young because I followed cultural norms (no God in the workplace). LOL.

mission: listening and validating employees through lean/six sigma.

Work grinds down employees who, as a result, feel disengaged, ignored, overlooked and unappreciated. In the LEAN role, I am connecting employees to the customer value in a way that’s meaningful to each employee in their own way.

Simply put, I validate each employee by listening to them. This work makes me think of the virtue of subsidiarity. That is putting decisions closest to the worker who is doing the work; this is totally LEAN and totally Catholic social teaching. Pretty cool, I am helping employees and the employer and doing mission work.

God should not be absent from the workplace; where people are there God is too. With eyes of faith we can see Jesus in each person. How often do we give others their due in this regard? As a business owner, I know all too well how the economic realities will push aside the value of the people. If HR is doing its job they should find the “human” in the resource.

I’ve always thought of work, money, and mission as together but never have I had the opportunity I have today.

I love economics because, like gravity, forces that affect economics are immovable. People have to work to pay bills. Companies need employees to be more productive than their competitor to survive. I like the reality economics imposes and I like helping employees and companies be more competitive.

So, this new role I prayed for has me in the middle of making people, productive and happier and improves customer value and profitability. Pretty cool, and an answer to a prayer. Thank you Lord.

Do you think it makes sense to merge mission, work and economics together for you? What’s your workplace like?

I’d love to hear what you think? Comment or share below.

“Things Not Seen” Do You Have Wisdom To See?

A few weeks ago I went on the March for Life in D.C. Then, yesterday, we protested Planned Parent Hood’s abortion practice. Joyful was the sleepless three-day trip for the March for Life and by incredible contrast, how overwhelmingly sad was yesterday standing up for life at the Planned Parenthood clinic.

A Bit Exhausted

The quote below was the Church reading the morning we returned to school at 4 AM. After three nights without sleep, a bit exhausted, I found myself listening for God’s grace and peace while reading the daily readings and taking the time to meet Him in his word.

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1; Daily Reading January 28th, 2017

The March for Life is a Pro-Life rally in D.C. each January that commemorates the 1974 Supreme Court decision making abortion legal; the famous case of Roe v Wade. The Rally helps me see hope in our future through the eyes of our youth; I have been seven times. I’m honored to listen to the hearts and minds of the forty-seven High School students who intuitively know there is something good about giving a voice to the unborn. But, I watch as they struggle with what the PC world tells them they should believe. Continue reading ““Things Not Seen” Do You Have Wisdom To See?”

How Is Your Health? How Do You Get Healthy?

Evidence-based medicine to me is a bit of an oxymoron. Some of the healthiest people I know have gone out of their way to find options to conventional wisdom. I would call western medicine and its foundation evidence-based medicine conventional wisdom.

Over many years I’ve spoken with many, many health gurus who all say something different. I mean that they differ from conventional wisdom entirely. How is that possible, a nation like ours subjects its citizens to trial an error because citizens have to turn elsewhere for information?

It strikes me that with all the evidence-based research done why don’t we have more cohesion among what humans should do to be healthy. I mean, shouldn’t we by now have a clear path to what’s good for us, what is healthy?

The U.S. ranks last overall with poor scores on all three indicators of healthy lives

Just for fun, I’ve accumulated here authors and people who have a message that they’ve found the solution to health. The problem I hope is obvious, we aren’t researching these techniques with the same intensity we research bio-pharma-solutions? That means, our professionals aren’t armed with the information to make us healthy? Continue reading “How Is Your Health? How Do You Get Healthy?”

Our Closed System

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Take a look at the complexity of our healthcare system, and this is just the relationship between the owners and the insurance company! It is no wonder that it is hard to identify what the main problems are in our system. Allow us to help you navigate the jungle of healthcare. We are the owner’s advocate, not the insurance company’s advocate.

We don’t get input from other countries or methods. We don’t allow “new” to permeate the way we do things. As proof, consider the venture capital “Blue Print Health” spent $2.3mm and only 17% was spent on anything “new” to help health in the last year or two.

It’s all new ways of financing medicine, the $2.3mm is not introducing innovative solutions to improve the health of individuals. We look to hospitals and pharma to solve the problem and they provide only solutions they can sell.

Get an upclose look at the chart by watching the video playlist where Don explains our current system.

Here’s the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/En7mjBQzsXw?list=PLEjdoULJEcEO_6hN4DILqvq1-e65bHW1P

How Google Proved I’m Right

The title of this post won’t win me the humility award of the day but Google’s insight about Diabetes and Heart disease proves why my White Paper is still on target. America’s leading tech firm, Google, can’t even get the details of two serious illnesses right.

google search result health information box 9-4-16Diabetes and heart disease are almost entirely weight related illnesses (not enough room to describe here but it is exploded in the White Paper). The epidemic of obesity is not a secret and yet the treatments recommended in Google’s health search box depicts the solutions commonly discussed. These solutions keep individuals sick, mask symptoms and provide little long term hope for those with the illness.

I applaud Google for recently adding these informational boxes. As the article linked explains Google recently added health information boxes for 900 health conditions.

The concept is spot on but the execution is terrible, at least, it’s terrible for the two samples I show in this post.

If we’re going to repair our nations healthcare system, easy access to accurate health condition information is a critical improvement that is needed. Only 1 in 20 searches are health related but that was enough for Google to make the investment in creating these health info-boxes.

The information provided is incomplete, it’s incomplete because it doesn’t tell those with the condition what their options are beyond conventional methods. There’s not room in this post to talk about those other options but we explore it in the White Paper.

Rationing

However, I made this post to use it as an example of what I call rationing. Our current system controls healthcare information which in many cases can be detrimental to the health of an individual. If you control information, your rationing options. Incomplete information about a health condition is clearly an example of how rationing already exists.

There is an economic cost to this bad information and unsuspecting employers and individuals will continue to pick up the tab. There’s outrage about cost but no discussion about real solutions. Watch my video about the system and why it will perpetuate itself unless change occurs.

Look for more to come as we discuss the US healthcare system the costs and solutions. But, first follow our posts and look for the White Paper in the  future.

 

Psychology of Food

An American Food Journey

People should be put ahead of profit. I’m a business owner and would like more profit, but not at the expense of people.  Well, that statement will send people zooming to another site. But, some read-on and those are the one’s ready to hear the message.

Are you still reading? That’s amazing. I’m not making a mass appeal, but I want to make the connection for people that our food profits are costing us more in healthcare premiums. Yep, our food system is making profit and sending people to the hospital in record numbers. Think it’s not true follow my white paper – owners health initiative.

25 years ago

my sister Patti said to Linda and I, we should drop sugar. Really, I said, what kind of hair brain idea is that I thought? Instead of engaging in a meaningful conversation over a bowl of ice cream, I, just like most people, did the only rational thing. I ignored her. We went on to talk about the kids, hers, mine weren’t born yet.

Okay, so I demonstrated what I call the psychology of food. What do I mean? Food is one of the last places of freedom. I mean, no body is, or was, going to tell me how or what to eat.

Don’t tell me what to eat

Disability is now a disease
Disability is now a disease

Americans do not want to be told what to do and food is a place where individuals can exert their independence. Who’s against that? I’m not, but, if you’re premium is increasing because people are being diagnosed with obesity as a disease (recent health news – see today’s google search image).

For a limited number of us, obesity is a hereditary issue, but for most Americans  I think our food production system and profit is the problem (conservatives did you leave?). I’ve recently watched “Food, Inc.” and you should too. Then, I watched Aziz Ansari, comedian, poke fun at food but makes a good point. I merged both together into a 3 minute clip on food, watch for it on the Ben-TV channel (once I get their approvals to use their video). Or just watch them, their both on Netflix.

If obesity has an ally who or what would it be? If there is such a thing as an ally to obesity who wants that? Maybe a better way of thinking is, who is the enemy to obesity?

Not just my opinion

Our government makes bad decisions on topics like this. They don’t use science, they use popular, attractive notions to sooth the public (liberals did you leave?). Well, the public is you and me and if obesity is covered as an illness watch out for the coming tsunami of cost baked into your premiums. As a medical economist I guarantee you this recent policy change will increase our costs. Over the last 28 years in this business I’ve watched awful public policy and we’re not changing the way we make decisions and everything we try to legislate isn’t working. And, frankly, neither party is offering suggestions (did conservatives and liberals leave now?)

Is anyone still reading?

Trusting politicians and political decision making with our healthcare, medical system and food system is not a solution.

The problems in this country can be viewed in many ways. If you’re liberal big company profit is bad. If you’re conservative, pandering to the poor and lazy is bad. Really? Are these the only positions? While the off the chart right and left argue the problems just get bigger.

Obamacare is not solving the problem and never will and republicans don’t have an answer.

I like my white paper – owners health initiative.

Oh, what about my health?

Fortunately, I have a great internist and a homeopathic Doc arrangement that is working quite well. I struggle with weight but otherwise am in good shape (for those using the numbers, I’m a BMI of 28, not great but okay). BTW – I did drop sugar and other things. Oh, about those movies, last summer we dropped regular chicken in favor of what Linda and I call, “happy chicken.” If you watch the video’s or my clip if gets approved, you’ll drop unhappy chicken.