A previous article for the Huffington Post is still very relevant today.
Here is the introduction and link to the remainder of the article.
The Top Four Reasons Owners Need A Healthcare Buyer’s Advocate
Compensation, healthcare & employee benefits are often significant sources of frustration for business owners. By the end of this article, you’ll see that finding your own buyer’s advocate is not only a good idea; but, a necessity.
There is a new service called independent evaluators that focuses on helping business owners and their employees. This new service changes the purchase paradigm by offering a business owner their own buyer’s advocate. A good advocate puts control in the owner’s hands, giving them back control they may have inadvertently given away.
Here are the top four reasons to consider a healthcare buyer’s advocate:
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?”
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
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.
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.