My husband will turn 65 the end of November, and thus I’ve been forced to look at Medicare in detail. Let me tell you, it’s ugly! The many myths I’ve believed have now been shattered. Medicare is not a panacea. As a matter of fact, my husband’s Medicare will cost us more for basic annual services such as blood work and checkups than our existing ACA coverage does. (Affordable Care Act) AND he’ll pay $104 monthly which is higher than current premiums, with far, far higher potential financial exposure than the current coverage offers.
It’s discouraging to think that our government pushes those at age 65 into a program that really isn’t the best thing for anyone. Luckily for us, we do everything in our power to stay away from the standard Western medical community by remaining well. Unfortunately accidents do happen and my husband was hospitalized because of an accident in 2010. He was also hospitalized because he ate some bad stuff in 2012. In looking at our coverages, it appears that we would pay far, far more using Medicare than we’d have paid with our previous insurances.
So, it’s become increasingly clear that we MUST keep ourselves healthy. This country is not like France nor is it like Canada, where quality health care is available for all at a minimal cost, if any cost at all. In the US it’s every man for himself. Thank goodness for the wellness-minded providers! At least you are getting quality for what you pay where with the standard medical community, your results are always questionable and quality is long gone.
I invite you all to contribute to a list that we can all share, of health-minded providers, natural healers and alternative healers in the comment section below. You can include health food stores, wellness providers, integrated medicine providers and any other alternative provider that you deem worthy.
I should also add that the same holds true for our beloved furry and feathered family members. The same lack of respect towards wellness, the same cut ‘n’ drug thinking applies to veterinarians.
And if you have been reading this blog, you know that I am a strong believer that reading labels, organic eating, healthy choices and meditation will go a long way towards healing.
I’ll start the list here, but urge everyone to please, please add to the list!
Mitzi Schardt, MSN, NP – Fort Myers / Cape Coral, FL
Robert Murdock, NaturalFamilyPhysicians.com / Fort Myers and Cape Coral, FL
Whole Foods nationwide
Natural Pet Care LLC – Metarie, Louisiana (They do phone consultations)