Changing Our Health Care Focus

July 2, 2009 at 6:21 am Leave a comment

j0438790When it comes to health care reform, many people don’t really care whether the final proposal comes from the right or left, Democrat or Republican, single payer or private plan, but they hold a strong belief that Americans should have access to some form of health coverage that will provide basic quality care.

Ken Dychtwald, noted psychologist, gerontologist, and author (Age Wave, With Purpose), recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post entitled, “The Biggest Problem With U.S. Health Care — And How to Fix It!” Dychtwald theorizes our problem is not how much money we are spending on health care, since we currently spend twice as much as other modernized nations, but that we’re not spending the millions of dollars on the right things.

Dychtwald outlines a four-part solution:
1. Multiply the amount of scientific research needed to delay or eliminate the diseases of aging.
2. Make disease prevention and self-care a national priority.
3. Replace medical incompetence with aging-ready healthcare professionals.
4. Palliative care: death with dignity.

His emphasis is on urging we Boomers to focus on re-visioning healthcare’s purpose — to create long-lived, productive and healthy men and women.

What do you think about the author’s point of view? Add a comment below or click on the link to Dychtwald’s posting and leave your comments there.

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