It is estimated that more than $18 billion could be saved annually if non-urgent patients were to take advantage of primary or preventive health care and not rely on ERs for their medical care. According to the New England Health Institute, 66% of ER visits were entirely avoidable. The decision to receive treatment at the ER is one of many reasons why Americans spent $3 trillion on healthcare in 2014.
Approximately 87% of Americans are insured, but many are in high-deductible plans, which can require patients to pay an average of $1,217 to $4000 for families of four before insurance kicks in. If the patient chooses an out-of-network hospital, the patient may be required to pay the entire costs. The uninsured are forced to pay the whole bill out of pocket.
The number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical debt. No one should be sick because they are poor or poor because they are sick!
MOST AT RISK OF HEAD INJURY IN YOUTH FOOTBALL?
Young football players, aged 9 to 11,
are more likely to experience brain-jarring hits to the head if they are part
of a team’s running and passing game or a fast-moving defender. High-magnitude impacts (greater than 40 times
the force of gravity) more often involve positions such as quarterback, running
back and linebacker. These players
experience nearly twice the number of severe head injuries as a lineman.
About 8% of the head impacts that occur during youth play and practice
are considered hard enough to be classified as high-magnitude. Dr. David Dodrick, professor of neurology at
the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, states that high-magnitude impacts are “equivalent
to getting punched in the head by a boxer.” “We are seeing evidence that the younger you
expose kids to that kind of contact, the more likely it is they will have both
psychiatric and neurological consequences down the road.” These children have developing brains and are
ATTENTION MEN! 1 IN 9 AMERICAN MEN ARE INFECTED WITH ORAL HPV
Most information about the human
papillomavirus (HPV) centers on women
since having the virus increases their risk of
developing cervical cancer. But HPV
causes men to develop health problems
too! More than half of men who are
sexually active will have HPV at some point in their lifetime. Often, a man will clear the virus on his own,
with no health problems, but sometimes the immune system is unable to eliminate
Eleven million American men are infected with oral HPV, which can lead to
cancers of the head, neck, and
equates to 1 in 9 U.S. males aged 18-69.
Some guys are at a higher risk than other. Black men,
plus guys who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, currently use marijuana and
reported 16 or more vaginal or oral sex partners in their lifetime had the
greatest chance of a high-risk oral HPV infection. Plus, men who already have genital HPV were
four times more likely to also have an oral infection
as opposed to guys who did not. By 2020, there will be more HPV-positive oral
cancers among men than cervical cancers among women. There is
currently no way to screen for oral HPV.