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How to Reduce Medical Costs

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    How to Reduce Medical Costs

    To help seniors and others reduce health care costs Money and Markets had an article on how to achieve this objective entitled, "How to Save Money on Rising Health Care Costs", and to read it click on this link:

    https://moneyandmarkets.com/save-mon...rticle-Traffic



    This just might especially come in handy for those with Medicare get ready for the new enrollment season coming up shortly.

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    The "What Else Can I Do" paragraph in this article is the MOST important part of the equation. At least Half of our health care expenses occur among people who refuse to take good care of themselves....Obese, etc.
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    My part in reducing medical costs is to take care of myself and NOT run to doctors for every ache and pain...they will find something to dig deeper and put one in more medical expenses and lord knows where else.

    I spend most on Prevention and buy into straight Medicare, no medigap and buy my couple inexpensive drugs out of pocket.

    If something ever comes up I'll cross that bridge...so much is fear but we can change our path by taking care of ourselves. I've had straight Medicare only for 15 yrs and I'm 80 and in good health except for the nagging arthritis and manage it as best I can....want no drugs for that issue. Ibuprofen is plenty and is harmful too.

    Still looking at PRP injections and if only our insurance world would cover us...it's so cheap compared to invasive surgeries that are so costly....totally upside down medical world. Drugs/burn/cut...the American way. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don M. View Post
    The "What Else Can I Do" paragraph in this article is the MOST important part of the equation. At least Half of our health care expenses occur among people who refuse to take good care of themselves....Obese, etc.
    I really wonder, sometimes, just how many Seniors out there are obese......I mean really obese.

    Wife and I try to take care of ourselves, but our biggest downfalls are exercise and, sometimes, what we eat. Try exercising in the heat/humidity we get here. Even doctors don't recommend Seniors going out in the hot/humid Florida summers.
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    There is obese and then there is overweight. I used to be an exercise queen into my mid 60's and then joints began to scream...so now I stretch on my bed every day and that helps the joints and even marching in place to get the blood flowing.

    A big one for me was eliminating BREADS in my life and white potatoes...and even pastas....I put my mind to it and did it...there is plenty to eat...besides these 3 whites...

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    [QUOTE=ClassicRockr;920991]I really wonder, sometimes, just how many Seniors out there are obese......I mean really obese. (/QUOTE]

    In this part of the country, it seems that at least 1/2 of the people I see are substantially overweight...both young AND old. There are a couple of good indicators for people to check their weight....the BMI index, and even better, the "Waist to Height" ratio. If a person's waistline is more than half their height, they need to start thinking seriously about changing their habits if they don't want to become a fixture at their doctors office.

    After we voted today, we went to the casino, for a free Bruch, and some fun gambling....it was a good day....I broke even, and the wife won almost $200. The casino was full of Seniors, per normal, and I would say that well over half of them were carrying a substantial amount of excess weight. It is pretty obvious that there are a lot of people who spend their days sitting on their Rump....be it in front of the TV, the computer, or a slot machine.

    If a person searches the data on the CDC website, it quickly becomes obvious that Obesity is the Number One health issue in the nation....far surpassing smoking, etc...and quickly becoming the Primary reason for our soaring health care costs, and overburdening our doctors to the point where they are increasingly finding it hard to spend the quality time they should with their patients. It seems to be "Politically Incorrect" for anyone to engage in "Fat Shamming", but until our people begin to take a serious look at themselves in the mirror, and resolve to do something about the Gross Image they see, our health care system and costs will continue to spiral out of control. It's pretty much a Given that we spend Twice as much on Healthcare here than most other nations, and the last time the WHO ranked the nations overall health, the US came in about number 35.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicRockr View Post
    I really wonder, sometimes, just how many Seniors out there are obese......I mean really obese.

    Wife and I try to take care of ourselves, but our biggest downfalls are exercise and, sometimes, what we eat. Try exercising in the heat/humidity we get here. Even doctors don't recommend Seniors going out in the hot/humid Florida summers.
    You don't have to go out to exercise.. get on the floor do calisthenics, walk the mall or do laps around Walmart, go to a gym, go swimming. Walk up and downstairs. Pick up some light weights and do reps. FL heat is no excuse.

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    How to Reduce Medical Costs


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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    You don't have to go out to exercise.. get on the floor do calisthenics, walk the mall or do laps around Walmart, go to a gym, go swimming. Walk up and downstairs. Pick up some light weights and do reps. FL heat is no excuse.
    It gets hotter than blazes here in the summer (over 100 many summer days) and the heat makes me feel quite ill if I get out in it for very long. I have my treadmill parked in the airflow of my swamp cooler (and in front of the TV) and during the godawful heat I go on it in the very early morning or late at night, with the cooler on high if necessary. NM desert heat isn't an excuse, either.

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