In 2009 and now 2010 health care reform and affordable insurance plans are in the works, maybe it will happen in the near future, maybe. I was encouraged by the President's speech and heard his hope to reduce waste by streamlining care, reduce needless surgery, make preventative tests affordable or free and reduce preventable conditions through education and wellness programs. In my opinion, this cannot happen with the majority of the population showing such a rapid rise in preventable conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and much more.
In January of 2002 I was very encouraged by the words of the Surgeon General. The following is what I wrote at that time:
Health Report 2002
The Surgeon General issues a community call to action as health problems resulting from overweight and obesity could reverse many of the health gains in recent decades. In preparation of this report several strategies were reviewed for their proven scientific effectiveness. Two important ones being to:
1) Change the perception of obesity so that health becomes the chief concern, not personal appearance.
2) Educate health care providers and health profession students on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity across the lifespan.
"Overweight and obesity are among the most pressing new health challenges we face today," Health & Human Service Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. "Our modern environment has allowed these conditions to increase at alarming rates and become a growing health problem for our nation. By confronting these conditions, we have tremendous opportunities to prevent the unnecessary disease and disability they portend for our future."
Surgeon General David Satcher recently said "Overweight and obesity may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking. People tend to think of overweight and obesity as strictly a personal matter, but there is much that communities can and should do to address these problems." Administrators of Insurance Programs and employers need to take a serious look at Preventative Health Care Programs and the importance they play in reducing healthcare and insurance costs for everyone.