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Fixin' Healthcare

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Holey, Moley

The NY Times editors are concerned about the doughnut hole in the Medicare prescription drug program. Their concern is based largely upon the inequality created among senior citizens by this peculiar aspect of the program. That opinion is well and good as far as it goes. And, there is little argument as to the lack of rationale from a medical or insurance perspective.

It would be better if the editors would concentrate on the doughnut. With or without a hole, the Medicare prescription drug program strikes at the heart of the health care system. It is more about catering to sickness than achieving and maintaining optimum health status. And, don't use physicians as your guide. They are taught and know more about writing prescriptions than they do about nutrition and physical activity. By far, it is easier to write a prescription than to inspire someone to change.

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