I post very little in the realm of “politics” but these numbers today just had me staggering. Even with the US population now at its arguably lowest growth rate in the last 100 years, the number of retail prescriptions provided per year is projected to continue increasing- and this is just RETAIL pharmacies!
There has been a lot of discussion about new healthcare structures with “Medicare for all” being touted as the best next step, and while I agree it would likely move us away from an insurance system that is downright nonsensical, it will do little alone to combat high costs over time and will do almost nothing to grow personalized medicine and lifestyle informed care.
There are many bright minds out there talking about real solutions to this problem that combine price transparency, universal HSA’s, changing medical school and residency education and minimizing the marketing power of pharmaceutical companies.
While this all may seem overwhelming, the truth is that you can make simple choices that will improve the state of our country’s health and our healthcare system.
1. Partner with a lifestyle medicine team who incorporates personalized medicine and nutritional care alongside preventive health education.
2. If self employed or part of a small business, seek out the use of healthshare organizations like @knew_health or Medishare that will provide you with the freedom to seek the services you want and the protection you need in case of unexpected illness.
3. Invest energy and time into yourself. In an ideal world medicine and nutrition care should give you education and analytics to help you build and sustain positive lifestyle habits. The foundation of this model, however, starts with YOU and your habits, not a healthcare provider.
At Resilient Roots we have sought to be a part of this solution beyond just providing personalized integrative medical care. Providing community education along with support for healthshare based communities, we recognize the complexity of the healthcare issues we face.
We are accepting new patients and would love to help you be a part of this positive revolution! Use the link in our bio to see our new patient services! - 14 minutes ago