minecraftsmurf, on 31 May 2012 - 10:47 AM, said:
Overall, I feel that prevention is ultimately the most cost efficient method towards our healthcare future. As a cultural society, we have the potential to teach individuals that ‘only’ they have the ability to make holistic decisions that will drastically lessen their healthcare risks such as eating properly / counting calories, actually exercising (daily), and deciding to not engage in events that impose unnecessary ricks, etc.
I for one have been (some may say ‘lucky’ but I feel much of it is self-onset) have never been to a hospital outside of a physical checkup. Additioanly, I have never been on any ‘prescription’ medications and as a child when the school suggested ADD medication thankfully my parents refused. However, I still pay out of the rear end for medical insurance (over $1,000) annually. They are making money on me not losing money! I think it should be like car insurance! It goes up when you have ‘accidents’ and ‘make bad decisions’ but goes down when you ‘avoid accidents’ and ‘make good decisions.’
In my case the former was impossible. My family suffered from cancer, arthritis, asthma etc. So I do think you are "lucky."
As I mentioned before life is basically information and probability, down to when you walk to the street. My family came out the wrong end of the stick. My mom takes five-ten medications and even with insurance I have to help her pay for them. She wants to work part time but hasn't had any luck.
For me, I'm not as sick but stress from relationships has cause my health to go down, along with constantly UTIs and infections from being a woman. Now some women can wear spats, which are spandex shorts, and even have sex with tons of guys without having to worry about yeast infections and or other infections. But if I wear a napkin for too long, BAM BI, UTI, or YF.
Another example of the luck system: My cousin had tons of credit cards paid off by a man. In...10,000-20,000 per card. Mind you she still has credit cards, etc. and still gets credit cards. She's never been homeless and she's always had friends to help her with everything or family members. Her daughter never missed a Xmas, has her mom pick her up for everything at 23, etc.
When you have the choice of either not eating or eating what choice would most people make? There were times that I had the choice of either risking for food poisoning, eating mcds or pizza, or nothing at all while I was working 12 hour shifts. Now you may be thinking mine "Then why work there?" Because I like working and that's the only job that accepted me. Some people deal with this every day or can't make lunches because it's against job code.
Why else would MCDs make a commercial about the work force and missing lunch? Because it happens a lot more than you think. Some people's poor food choices are because of jobs and bosses as well as the unexpected, high expectation of work. Mind you this isn't everyone but this would explain why some people get fat during work and jobs, which would explain a lot of bad health issues/insurance concerns/etc.
@Xeno: seriously? Maybe I should move to your state. I've been trying to find work for 2 years now and most of the leads I got told me that they either want older people or know Spanish. They don't say it but a lot of the companies like Jewels/Ultra/Best buy want people who either have the experience, people who speak two languages, or older people (due to the young mentality.) It's frustrating but it doesn't stop me from still looking.
This post has been edited by The Fujoshi: 31 May 2012 - 11:47 AM