Health Care Should Include Preventative Measures
For insurance companies, health care entails visits to a doctor, prescriptions, and the treatments given to cure or manage diseases and conditions. Only care given by medical professionals and establishments is covered by medical insurance. This is biased and unfair. Several conditions require the participation of the patient for successful treatment. Preventative measures carried out by a patient, such as diet and exercise, should also be included in care that is covered by insurance companies.
Several maladies require a specific diet in order to manage the condition. When you have to consume particular foods to prevent from becoming ill it is without a doubt a medical need. Even when this is the case, food is not considered a medical matter that is covered by any policy. Foods that have low glycemic indexes are ideal for people with diabetes. Not eating a glycemic conscience diet can exacerbate diabetes making this an essential part of managing the disease. Patients that are gluten intolerant must consume gluten free foods. Constant research is being conducted on using diet as a cure so the list of diseases cured and managed with food alone is sure to grow. None the less, even though your doctor insists upon a particular diet, no prescription for food covered by a medical policy exists.
Exercise is another preventative measure often required in health care yet rarely paid for by medical insurances. Diabetes, high-blood pressure, and arthritis all require exercise to treat and manage. It is again, another thing that a doctor will insist must be done yet is not considered health care. Obesity rates are rising as well as the issues that accompany extreme weight gain like diabetes and high-blood pressure. Costs for a surgery that constricts the size of your stomach will be absorbed, but the cost for a gym membership or a personal trainer will not regardless of the fact that it is an essential part of maintaining or improving your health.
The costs of diet and exercise are minimal compared to those of a doctor, pharmacy or hospital. In a time when health is declining and costs are rising it only makes sense to include exercising and eating right as part of health care. It will prevent the formation of several diseases and significantly improve the management of existing conditions. The financial burden to insurances and the world would be dramatically less if prevention was a part of medical care. The rate of disease might also plummet if people were given the financial assistance to take care of themselves before having to see a medical professional.
Eating right and exercising are critical directions that are commonly doled out by physicians. In some cases your cure is dependent on carrying out these directions given to you. However, no prescription will be written by your doctor for these vital treatments. No costs for carrying out these unprescribed mandatory instructions will be reimbursed. The world needs to wake up and understand that health care involves more than just a visit to the doctor.