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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Cost of Health Care Reform

You've probably heard about President Obama's speech on health care reform at the American Medical Association. (If you missed it, you can watch the speech at the AMA's website.) An overhaul of the nation's health care system has some physicians wary, and Obama's speech was an attempt to win them over.

Over at the Health Populi blog, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn discusses a few ways for us to spend less on health care without sacrificing quality:
Jane's third point should catch the attention of any wellness professional. We currently spend $218 billion a year on diabetes treatment, and she argues that "there are real savings to be had in laser-focusing on this epidemic."

For many people, the first step is learning about their risks through a health fair screening. In our upcoming newsletter, we'll expand on our recent blog post about the A1C test--a new way to screen for diabetes. If you're not already a subscriber, be sure to sign up here at Corporate Wellness Insights.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From a personal perspective as well as from working in the medical field for over 25 years, we need to address the real issues that prevent people from living healthier lives. I have spent hours with patients counseling them and educating them about their health. the bottom line is: Our American way of life is TOO STRESSFUL! Europeans work an average 35 hours a week, and FAMILY LIFE IS PRIMARY. They go home for lunch every day and eat lunch with their family. Americans work an average of 60 hours per week, and have no time for family, fun, and healthy living. Many of my clients worked for corportate america. All commuted over 3 hours per day. All worked over 12 hours per day. this leaves no time for sleep! Lack of sleep = poor health!