Re: Health Care for Retirees Eliminated
Fasting on my coffee is a no-go. It could be more or less described less as coffee and more as cream and sugar with a little brown liquid added to tint it slightly...
I saw an interesting study once that said that excessive or overly extensive testing can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. In particular the "whole body scans" that are being pitched to well-to-do senior citizens. They cruise my dads "Sun City" a couple of times a year offing both CAT style and ultrasound style partial or full scans.
The study said that like any machine, there are 'flaws' and 'concerns' in everyones body, almost at any age. For most people, they'll live and die with those flaws and never suffer any problems from them.
Show someone in their 60's or 70's the growths, arterial blockages, calcium buildups and all that stuff and they start worrying. The worry creates more problems than the flaws.
My dad couldnt stand it and had them do a bunch of the tests. Gave him a nice cd-rom full of videos. He has 9 "areas of concern". Showed them to his doctor who told him "Thats probably low for the average person, and these are all things to look at and be aware of, but nothing I'd do anything about or be concerned over.". He worried about it and talked about it for 2 years even though I provided plenty of reading materials that backed up what the doctor said. Hasnt mentioned it in a year or so although he still makes some noises from time to time about wishing he had a PPO plan instead of an HMO so he'd have more access to a variety of specialists without having to go through the HMO 'traffic cop'.
I suspect that would lead to a lot more expensive tests, perhaps some invasive procedures, and the net-net of the whole thing would be a negative...
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.