Health Care Strategic Solutions
by June Beck
Managing health care requires more individual attention than ever before. A comprehensive health care strategy must include attention to the health care plan, prevention, scheduling and financial planning. Understand your health care plan, and view your overall health with open eyes.
Make exercise a part of your health care strategy in order to minimize your needs for health care. The Mayo Clinic states, "The merits of regular physical activity--from preventing chronic health conditions to promoting weight loss and better sleep--are hard to ignore." Plan an exercise program that fits into your lifestyle and stick to it.
Make diet a part of managing health care. Eat fruits and vegetables. The Harvard School of Public Health states, "It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits: Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and probably some cancers; lower risk of eye and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep appetite in check." Plan meals that include generous servings of fruits and vegetables.
Exercising and a healthy diet help keep weight under control. Of course, obesity links to several serious medical conditions but even being overweight can cause health problems. "Fortunately, even a modest weight loss of 10 to 20 pounds can bring significant health improvements, such as lowering one's blood pressure and cholesterol levels," contends WebMD.com. Managing health care means managing your weight.
Take advantage of all preventive care covered by your health insurance. Optimize prevention as a part of your health care strategy.
Schedule all non-emergency procedures and treatments needed after the deductable is met when possible. Plan bladder lifts and colonoscopies, for instance, with financial considerations in mind.
Work with the doctor's office. Talk openly with insurance coordinators about your financial considerations. Help them to help you as you plan in order to optimize what your health care plan can do for you.
Discuss health care with your doctor. The California Office of the Patient Advocate says, "Most treatments have both benefits and risks. To make the best choice, ask questions. Learn about your condition and the treatments. Then work with your doctor to decide on a treatment plan."
Avoid problems by following the directions provided by your insurance provider. Understand and carefully meet all specific criteria. This will save money in the long run.