Welcome to Health!

My philosophy on medical care is to conduct health maintenance based on statistical certainties rather than on cost considerations and the standard unrealistic guidelines. I work in partnership with my patients to create a health care program that is designed to prevent and intercept problems before they become life-threatening illnesses.  I can say, with some pride, that most of the time, not one of my six-thousand-plus patients is in the hospital.

Yet, as much sense as this idea makes — and as healthy as my patients are — this is not the standard of care throughout the medical profession or health care in general.

The United States has an alarming number of uninsured citizens — 42 million and growing — living in the richest country in the. Americans trek to Canada or Mexico because they can’t afford to buy prescription drugs here in the United States. Insurance coverage continues to dwindle while costs continue to rise.

I believe that this scenario has been created by a peculiar perspective within the medical community that encourages physicians to postpone care to the end of life – what I call “prolonging the unprolongable life” – rather than preventing or intercepting health problems before they begin. That is a dead-end perspective that makes absolutely no sense to me. As a physician, I find it emotionally debilitating; as a patient myself, I find it woefully inadequate; and as a businessman, I find it completely cost-inefficient.

In the Live Better Longer blog, I will explain how patients can proactively work with doctors to monitor their personal health trends. I’ll explain what tests are available, why these tests are important, why patients should demand them, where they can be performed, how patients and doctors can negotiate payment regardless of your insurance status, and even how this revolutionary concept of medical care could change the world. I’ve even created the Check-Up Checklist to help provide an easy way for patients to regain control of their own health care.

I believe that if patients are educated about what they should insist upon in their basic health care – and if they understand how simple that care can be – then they will demand that of their physicians, who will be forced to provide that care. It is my hope that patients who become more empowered and proactive in their own care will help their physicians to become better doctors. Those doctors, in turn, will then pass that knowledge on to other physicians, who will pass it on to their patients, and ultimately insurance companies will begin to sit up and take notice. As this concept begins to spread throughout this country, a grass-roots movement will have been born.

I sincerely believe that I have stumbled on at least part of the solution to our health care crisis. I’m not saying this because I think I have all the answers – I know better than that. But every day I hear something that pertains to what we’re talking about, and every day I wonder why in the world we don’t just apply a little common sense to this whole crazy scenario.

This simple yet practical approach to medical care can empower patients, physicians, and even insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, and our own government. All that’s required for this to work is a physician and a patient who share this mindset and who understand the difference between assuming health and actually verifying it.

It is my dream that this concept, this process that I know to be so effective, will one day change the way we practice medicine. And I hope it will change your life.

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