Home Health Care Benefits

Recovering from an illness or injury can be a stressful time for both the patient and the patient’s family. That stress is compounded when chronic illness or disability is involved. Research has consistently shown that, when at all possible, recovering at home is the best option for the patient’s physical and mental health. Unfortunately, when the patient is elderly or too injured or ill to care for themselves, recovering at home is sometimes not an option.Finding friends or family members to assist with daily tasks is not always feasible. Even when family members are in a position to assist, the burden placed on them often puts a strain on their other family relationships, as well as their career and personal life. The alternative to home recovery-having their loved one leave their home to life in a medical facility or nursing home-is often a last and regretful resort.Luckily, there is another way for patients to remain in their beloved homes while receiving quality health care assistance: Home Health Care. Recent technological advance such as the internet and home infusion have made home health care available to many more patients than in the past. According to the National Association for Home Care, there are approximately 20,000 home health care providers today. While almost two-thirds of home care recipients are seniors over 65, home health care can assist anyone who requires some assistance while recovering from an illnesses or suffering a disability.Here are some benefits of home health care:o Seniors can continue living in their own familiar, comfortable environment
o Dignity and independence is maintained
o Patients receive one on one attention and care from the home health caregiver
o Home health care is often less expensive than care in nursing homes / assisted living facilities
o It relieves the burden placed on adult children to provide care for their aging parentsMost people prefer receiving care in a familiar setting where they are surrounded by love, patience and understanding people. Home health care providers help strengthen and increase the patient’s ability to care for themselves in their homes. They can also have a positive impact on a patient’s hopes and aspirations.

The World of Chaos – Organized Medicine + Politics = Health Care Reform

We used to say the two biggest lies are “The check is in the mail” and “It won’t hurt a bit.” Now, there is a third biggest lie, which is, “We have the best health care system in the world,” as Bill Clinton and George Bush uttered repeatedly during their respective terms. On the other hand, all of the standard measures of health care quality points to ours as being “the best substandard price-gouging health care system in the world”. One such measure is a comparison of cost and longevity. For example, Americans live an average of 77 years at a cost of $4,800 per person per year, while Spain, Canada and Japan respectively have life span-to-cost ratios of 79 years at $1,100, 81.5 years at $2,100, and 81 years at $2,000.Another measure is the infant death rate per one thousand live births and the U.S. has a rate comparable to third world countries at 6.9 compared to 5.3 in Denmark, 4.6 in France, 3.4 in Sweden and 3.2 in Japan. Additionally, the World Health Organization ranks the United States as 37th in the world, which puts us just behind Costa Rica.Therefore, we can see that the people of other countries get better outcomes for much less cost, suggesting that we Americans are paying more for inferior quality products and services. Although President Obama and other politicians acknowledge that health care is too expensive, they seem to be downplaying the fact that organized medicine has been giving the public a royal hosing for decades.Some of the problems with U.S. health care delivery as many other experts have also pointed out are as follows:Hospitals, nursing homes and clinics are unsafe with medical and nursing negligence being the fifth largest cause of death in the United States.Lack of access with 76 million uninsured (adding illegal aliens) and 106 million underinsured;Out of control cost with health care being 16% of gross domestic product (GDP) at $1 trillion which is a 250% increase over the last 25 years;Price gouging, with hospitals and doctors charging uninsured patients 1000% more than they accept from third party payers;HMO premium price gouging with high deductibles charging 300% more for individuals who purchase directly rather than through a group;Health care corporations are guilty of bilking billions of dollars from tax payers with fraudulent billing practices;Doctors perform unnecessary surgery with bogus diagnoses;H.M.O. members have to call for approval before going to emergency rooms with call centers outsourced to non-professional personnel in India and other countries;Administrative cost of DRG’s and CPT codes is $375 billion per year – 25% of total health care expenditures;Pharmaceutical companies obtain FDA approval for toxic drugs by paying large research grants to medical research facilities to achieve favorable results;Pharmaceutical companies pay bribes to physicians to prescribe their over-priced toxic drugs with tens of thousands falling prey to side effects.This short list of scams and rackets is really the largest, most harmful and costly criminal conspiracy in history. The perpetrators include HMO’s, pharmaceutical companies, hospital and physician groups and politicians. Additionally, with the political corruption achieved through expensive lobbying to defeat all attempts to impose regulatory standards, we can see why we pay such exorbitant prices for such shabby health care.To explain further, medical care has always been a business whereby the seller decides what the consumer will purchase and how much. Couple that control with fear of death, and the buyer will pay any price for care on any terms. Moreover, the people of our generation and the previous one grew up trusting our doctors and listening for the most part, to what they recommended. Then medicine evolved moving from cottage industry to commercial empires.However, to our disadvantage, we still had this mindset of “doctor knows best” for decades while the entire paradigm of ethics changed to acceptance of greedy commercialism with corporate executives capturing financial control of health care operations and finding ways to deny coverage for expensive services and equipment rentals with the pre-approval requirement fraud. Once a well-meaning physician prescribes a treatment, a non-professional decides whether it is medically necessary. Physicians, who became financially dependent upon their corporate “bosses”, would have to capitulate. Then Congress stepped in and gave legislative immunity to HMO’s from lawsuits for wrongful death and damages caused by withholding approval for life-sustaining treatment, thus leaving the doctors and hospitals holding the proverbial bag with malpractice lawsuits. The whole scenario was like putting a hungry shark in a pond to take care of the fish. The shark, knowing that if he swallows everyone in one gulp he won’t last long, says to each of his group members, “There is something wrong with the way your tail is functioning so I’m going to have to bite part of it off for your own good,” and the tasty fish replies, “You’re the doctor.”In conclusion, there have been some suggested health care reform models coming from various think tanks such as “public good”, which is government provided or contracted care, versus the “public utility model”, being privately owned health care with quality standards and pricing controlled by a government agency like public utilities. Although we get a lot of pundits and politicians arguing the pros and cons for both but we are lacking a viable solution.On the other hand, to come up with a workable infrastructure, we first need to abandon those policies that have ended in disaster, such as using financial incentives to control physician behavior, defining health care as providing diagnostics, drugs and surgery and autocratic corporate control of treatment plans. Furthermore, we have to stop believing in this myth called “freedom of choice” as if there was any free choice in health care to begin with. This term has become a way to placate us into accepting a crappy plan charging us more for less by saying, “We have preserved your freedom to choose.” So what if I don’t like the pond that I’m swimming in? I can look for another one with a different shark.On the other hand, there is another fiddle that came from Washington, D.C. called “health care reform”. We now have a new president and his political hacks in Congress who say they have revolutionized the health care industry by making it cheaper, better, more accessible and safer. The problem is that this administration and its pork barrel Congress has no clue as to what preventable errors cause the killing of 200,000 people annually in hospitals across the country, and even if they wanted to stop the carnage they wouldn’t be able to figure out how.As we listen to the political rhetoric about the current state of health care and how to improve it, we get a sense that health care is not so bad and we can make it better. On the contrary, when we go to a hospital as a patient or to visit and we see that people have to wait thirty minutes for a bed pan to avoid soiling themselves, we wake up to a different reality in the world of chaos. Therefore, as we examine the new health care reform schemes, we can quickly ascertain that our elected officials are planning to put more fish in the ponds and tell the sharks to take smaller bites.

Oriental Medicine Colleges- Common Studies

Find Oriental Medicine Colleges in the United States and Canada. Once you’ve decided to apply to one of several Oriental medicine colleges be prepared to learn about some of the most innovative yet effective ancient healing arts in modern times.Common coursework in Oriental medicine colleges entails studies in Chinese medical theory, bioscience, herbal medicine and nutrition. In addition, practical training in acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Tai Chi, Qigong, and other related TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) healing techniques and treatments are included in educational programs at Oriental medicine colleges today.Dating back thousands of years, many of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles and methods taught at Oriental medicine colleges offer prospective practitioners a unique perspective into natural healing, meridian therapies and holistic nutrition in the prevention and aid in maintaining overall health and wellbeing.Candidates enrolled in Oriental medicine colleges have the opportunity to pursue degrees like Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine or a Doctorate in Oriental medicine. Furthermore, some Oriental medicine colleges extend certificate and/or diploma programs in Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Chinese herbal medicine, and Tai Chi, among others.Comprehensive curriculums at Oriental medicine colleges comprise education and training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, Oriental medicine philosophy, Oriental massage therapy, traditional strategies, pharmacology, laboratory training, Chinese materia medica, herbal formulation, internal medicine, and clinical internships in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.Upon successful completion at one of several Oriental medicine colleges, graduates earn respective degrees and/or certification; and depending upon the individual state or province, Oriental medicine practitioners and acupuncturists must acquire licensure* to practice. (*Check state/province regulations regarding licensure.)If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding Oriental medicine colleges, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you.Oriental Medicine Colleges: Common StudiesĀ© Copyright 2007The CollegeBound NetworkAll Rights ReservedNOTICE: Article(s) may be republished free of charge to relevant websites, as long as Copyright and Author Resource Box are included; and ALL Hyperlinks REMAIN intact and active.

Are You Choosing the Right Stock Market Advisory Company

What do you do if you want to learn driving a car? You will try to find an expert teacher, isn’t it? You do not want to avail the services of a novice individual to help you out, but a professional person can provide you the vital tips and most importantly guide you efficiently. Similarly, when it comes to investing in the stock market for the first time, you require a knowledgeable advice to attain your financial goals and get profitable returns.

If you are a beginner, then it is quite obvious that you may be having no information about the process of buying the right shares in the market. In such a situation, getting the right tips from an experienced financial advisor or a registered advisory company will truly prove to be a great blessing in disguise. However, there are some of the important things that have to be kept in mind while choosing the top stock market advisory company, which are as follows:

How much assistance do you actually require?

Before you make up your mind to hire an advisor, it is imperative that you must first decide about the kind of service you require from them. You may need their help at the beginning or during the time of any issues. This is because an advisor has to formulate a map according to your requirements. Hence, it is suggested to ascertain your needs first and then take further action.

Choose a top ranked advisory company

It is a very important point that has to be taken into the consideration. Availing services of the well known advisory company or a financial advisor is an absolute necessity. Make it a point to carry out a proper background or research work about the company. Check out their credentials, reputation, experience, etc before hiring them.

Asking for a sample financial plan initially makes sense

When hiring a financial advisor, then do not forget to ask for sample plan first. It is imperative to note that there is no such thing called the perfect plan. A sample plan will help you to determine whether an advisory company is actually making sense according your requirements or not.

Conclusion

The financial planners or advisory companies can really turn out to be the greatest asset for you if you choose the best one. They are just like the professional sailors who can help you out to sail through stock investment related problems quite efficiently.

Deepak is a financial advisor who likes to provide quality tips to the people facing any issues with regard to investing in the stock market. He likes to keep himself updated about the stock market by reading articles, news and blogs, etc.

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