Analysis Tracks How Health Care Value Has Changed Over 200 Years

Mass. General Hospital records reflect changes in costs, patient mortality

No one questions whether or not health care costs have risen, and risen dramatically, in recent decades. But beyond questions of cost alone is a bigger question: how has the value of health care changed or, in other words, is the health care system getting what it pays for in terms of improved patient health?

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A Healthy Life Requires a Healthy Attitude

If you want to be healthy and happy instead of pained and sick, you have to readjust your attitude toward health. Healthy people are happy people. And shifting your attitude from “nothing helps” to “I can make better choices” is often the key step that offers optimal wellness and emotional fulfillment.

Health and happiness represent a frame of mind that influences our choices. In turn, making better lifestyle choices leads to wellness instead of chronic ill health.

Healthy Thought Processes

You are thinking, “I don’t choose to be unhealthy. It’s not my choice to be in pain. I see specialists and practitioners to help my condition.” . You are making your way as best you know how.

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Tips on Staying Actively Involved in the Health Care of Someone You Care For

When you care for someone in the home, you must also manage that person’s health care. This means choosing a good medical team, keeping costs down, arranging for medical appointments, and getting the best, least expensive medicines. It also means knowing what the insurance rules are and, most important, being an advocate for the person in your care.

Doctors and nurses can focus on physical diagnosis and may ignore the emotional aspects of care. Sometimes they have little time to consider the spiritual aspects of healing. Although you should consult with professionals about the levels of therapy and support needed for the person in your care, you do not have to accept what they suggest or order. Keep asking questions until  Continue reading