Health care and the Economy have been hot topics for some time. So many people pay through the nose for health insurance that covers little or cannot afford health insurance at all. In addition, so many doctors are struggling either to make a decent living, or are working twice as hard for half as much. This has created a whole new paradigm in the offices around the country
Health care has become consumer driven. In the recent past, you went to a doctor and did what he said and the insurance paid for it. Not so anymore. First, due to the vast amount of information available to us on the internet, we approach the doctor less as a true doctor (in Latin doctor means teacher) and more like a physician (one who is licensed to apply remedies). Secondly, because of the shift in cost responsibility, each doctor’s visit is a buying decision. We want the best care for the least amount. We want options so we can decide what is best because it is our health and our money.
This is my response! First, your health is your responsibility. Please don’t ever let anyone take control of it. Because it is yours, you have choices on how to keep healthy. As a doctor, my job is to educate you on how you can either maintain or regain good health. As a physician my job is to administer adjustments as one facet of your healthcare. I believe that people who get chiropractic adjustments consistently enjoy better health. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that regular chiropractic care helps to maintain a good immune system and promotes flexibility, proper nerve flow and greater balance. If you want to wait until you are sick or hurting, that is yours to decide. Likewise, if you want to exercise preventative or maintenance care, you will reap the rewards. Some lucky people can function properly without chiropractic care for a long time. Others cannot. Some people see the importance of maintaining proper function of their joints and are willing to pay for it because they see that the benefits have value. They also believe that in the long run, it will save them money. Others would rather take the risk until they are affected by it. Whatever you decide to do, they are your options and you need to feel comfortable with them. Likewise, you need to realize that certain approaches have more value. Sometimes the more expensive option will save on future costs. Sometimes it won’t but has more immediate benefits. Either way, do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Now, concerning the economy, we are all in this together. I get it. Because I get it, I put this verbatim in the booklet I give to people at their first visit:
We live in a world of financial instability. Healthcare is a major concern because of cost and access to care. Ultimately, your health is your responsibility and should be one of your highest priorities.
Because of my passion to empower others with the ability to live a healthy life, I believe in giving everyone who is truly desirous of attaining greater health, that opportunity. For this reason, I express to you my promise that if you cannot afford the recommended care to achieve your goals, I will personally arrange a comfortable solution, be it a longer payment schedule, a reduced fee (based on hardship), or something else. I have only Three rules should you need an alternate payment arrangement. 1. Stick to the program. 2. Don’t discuss the arrangement we have made with others. 3. Share your success.
In my office, health comes first!
Why am I willing to bend over backwards to help someone who may not be able to pay me what I am worth? Let’s just say that I truly believe that you reap what you sow. I look way beyond financial success for validation. If I can make a difference in someone’s life and lead them to good health, I feel confident that I will be sufficiently compensated in various ways including financially. So far, I haven’t been let down and have been able to support my family. Some call it Karma, I call it sticking to my purpose.
I cannot take responsibility for your health but I can show you an affordable way to dramatically improve your health. The question is are you ready to be an educated consumer? Don’t let the insurance companies or the government determine your health care.
It’s up to you!