That’s right: WE THE PEOPLE.

As of right now, I am claiming my power by taking full responsibility for a healthcare system that is not giving me choices and options, not giving me transparent pricing, not allowing me to travel outside my geographical area and leaving me and my family sick.

All because I have not spoken up.

Why when it comes to our healthcare costs and transparency in pricing “We The People” continue not to get angry and why don’t we insist on change?

Why is it that I can go into any car dealership anywhere in the U.S. and, after doing comparative shopping, I can pick out the car best for my needs, negotiate the price, and then make a purchase — all the while knowing the exact bottom-line pricing on my shiny new car?

I can even walk away with a guarantee! And I don’t have to worry about a surprise bill arriving two weeks later for unexpected, additional charges.

However, when I go in for a knee replacement surgery, I have no idea how much it costs.

I don’t have the ability to make comparisons on hospitals to find out if I am going to the best hospital with the best outcomes. I don’t know anything about the facility other than what my doctor recommends or what Aunt Marge recommended over coffee last week.

I don’t have the ability to comparative shop within my area or outside the United States and I have to stay in my geographical area. All topped off by the “surprise bill” I receive in the mail for a charge in the hospital that I have no idea what it is for.

So, I have no idea what the overall cost or outcome is for my knee surgery. I have no idea what surprise bills I will be receiving over the next month. I have no idea if I was really at the best place with the best outcome for knee surgery or if there is a guarantee.

Therefore, I could in fact, return to the hospital, beyond my control and be charged again for complications and receive yet another bill.

And “We The People” are ok with this?

As of right now, I am claiming my power by taking full responsibility for the healthcare system that is keeping me sick and broke because “I” failed to speak up.

When I was going through my divorce and starting new a business, I was so broke.
Raising three kids and starting a business but not broke enough for Medicaid, I made just enough money to end up paying those high deductibles—which actually kept us away from the doctor— and yet, even then I never spoke up.

I will never forget this next story, and I actually did not know whether to share, but here it goes…

Raising children as a single parent and juggling the household monies can be very tough.  A widower friend told me about the time his son had a cut on his leg. He brought his son to the doctor, as the cut was painful and not healing.

While waiting in the doctor’s office, he went  up to the counter to ask what the out of pocket costs of the visit were. It was over $200, which would force him to make a choice between groceries or this visit. His son looked at him and said, “let’s leave dad”.

He left, and then returned a week later with a worsening infection that was positive for MRSA. The widower friend has beaten himself up about this event. If I had gone through a similar experience, I know that I would be beating myself up too.

Why do we have to make these choices?

Why is it easier for me to plan my Disney Trip than it is to plan my colonoscopy?

I know exactly what theme park I will be visiting, the name of my pick up person in Florida, I even plan my 6:00 pm dinner, down to the salad dressing with Mickey Mouse, a full itinerary on a play-by-play action-packed day and transparent pricing.

But not with my colonoscopy and double the price. I would be lucky if my doctor even comes in after the procedure to just ask me about my overall experience.

This is not even the crazy part of this blog. What is unbelievable is that I am 54 years old and still continue this healthcare behavior. Almost as if I have accepted it and don’t have a choice in the matter.

I continue booking my doctors’ appointments and surgery when needed, and still, have no clue as to what the cost.

So, eight years ago I started traveling the globe looking at treatments and options and how other countries deal with healthcare. This blog is not going to be one of those “bashing the United States” articles and I am not going to ask the U.S. to follow another healthcare system.

My article is about how we are going to collectively work on changing the current U.S. healthcare system to be a bipartisan issue.

How will we, the most powerful person in the United States, start taking action?

So let’s talk about solutions…………………..…

 I was raised in a small town of 700 people in Minnesota, my mother died at the age of 54 of an operable brain aneurysm.

I am an educated customer and I want to be able to shop for a provider outside my geographical area. I want to shop for a provider outside the United States. Open up the market and let me cross state lines to get healthcare coverage, allow me the customer to have more choices and options, transparent pricing and my insurance should allow me the coverage. I can get online and shop for a car anywhere in the United States and make a purchase but I  am restricted on my healthcare. This will create more healthcare competition and better pricing. Don’t employers want lower healthcare cost?

The government runs at least half of the health care economy and regulates the other half.  

Why can’t we have a call to action and ask the people, the entrepreneurs what they think. State by state run focus groups that are directly linked to the Small Business Administration and our state by state political system. This is an open forum, the people chose who will represent the state and “we the people” go to work. We are encouraged to be the most innovative, kicking idea machine as possible and then scale the entrepreneurs recommendations based on outcomes. This is a paid board position by each individual state and entrepreneurs are accountable. We get  paid to disrupt the system

Every January I start off my new business plan, my New Years resolution and my financial plan. 

Why can’t we demand our insurance companies to cover a comprehensive yearly physical exam. I bring my medical records anywhere in the United States and get tested for stress levels, blood test, screening, discuss health choices, full body scan and then a one on one with my doctor to map out my year. The key is wellness, having control of your medical records, taking charge of your health. I chose where I want to go, what doctor I want to see, do they have the same values in wellness as I do? The customer/ patient makes the effort for wellness. We design and customize our health plan. 

I am working with more and more surgical centers and hospitals that have established themselves as Centers of Excellence and giving the customer transparent pricing.

Yes, you walk into the center and you get a guaranteed pricing on your healthcare procedure. Feel free to email me and I will let you know who these Centers are in the United States. They will also tell you their surgical outcomes. We need to demand this from every hospital and provider. 

 

The bottom line is that I want more control of my health and wellness choices and options, where I get care and how much it costs.

I want to hear your story!

#mymedchoices  or visit our website at

mymedchoices.com and send me an email.

 

A team voice seems to scream much louder. I will put together all the information you send me and roar.  

I was raised in a small town of 700 people in Minnesota, my mother died at the age of 54 of an operable brain aneurysm.

 

 

The government runs at least half of the health care economy and regulates the other half.

 

 

 

Every January I start off my new business plan, my new years resolution and my financial plan

 

 

 

I am working with more and more surgical centers and hospitals that have established themselves as Centers of Excellence and giving the customer transparent pricing.

 

The bottom line is that I want more control of my health and wellness choices and options, where I get care and how much it costs

 

  

I am an educated customer and I want to be able to shop for a provider outside my geographical area. I want to shop for a provider outside the United States. Open up the market and let me cross state lines to get healthcare coverage, allow me the customer to have more choices and options, transparent pricing and my insurance should allow me the coverage. I can get online and shop for a car anywhere in the United States and make a purchase but I  am restricted on my healthcare. This will create more healthcare competition and better pricing. Don’t employers want lower healthcare cost?

Why can’t we have a call to action and ask the people, the entrepreneurs what they think. State by state run focus groups that are directly linked to the Small Business Administration and our state by state political system. This is an open forum, the people chose who will represent the state and “we the people” go to work. We are encouraged to be the most innovative, kicking idea machine as possible and then scale the entrepreneurs recommendations based on outcomes. This is a paid board position by each individual state and entrepreneurs are accountable. We get  paid to disrupt the system

Why can’t we demand our insurance companies to cover a comprehensive yearly physical exam. I bring my medical records anywhere in the United States and get tested for stress levels, blood test, screening, discuss health choices, full body scan and then a one on one with my doctor to map out my year. The key is wellness, having control of your medical records, taking charge of your health. I chose where I want to go, what doctor I want to see, do they have the same values in wellness as I do? The customer/ patient makes the effort for wellness. We design and customize our health plan.

 

Yes, you walk into the center and you get a guaranteed pricing on your healthcare procedure. Feel free to email me and I will let you know who these Centers are in the United States. They will also tell you their surgical outcomes. We need to demand this from every hospital and provider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to hear your story!

#mymedchoices  or visit our website at

mymedchoices.com and send me an email.

 

A team voice seems to scream much louder. I will put together all the information you send me and roar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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