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Smoking is expensive. If you buy one pack a day for 5 years you will save $13,687.50 by not smoking.
If you buy 2 packs per day for 5 years you will save $27,375.00 by not smoking.
This information came from a chart: QuitPlan, 1.888.354.PLAN
In Minnesota, five of the six leading causes of death among American Indians are related to commercial tobacco use: cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and lower respiratory disease. This fact comes from QuitPlan. In the American Indian population cigarette smoking is very prevalent. For example 48% of American Indian men and 40% of American Indian women smoke.
Secondhand smoke is harmful to nonsmokers, as it contains toxins and cancer causing poisons.
Did you know that the tobacco industry commonly uses cultural symbols to target racial or ethnic populations? They use the words American Spirit cigarettes to promote natural tobacco and the package features an American Indian smoking a pipe.
Tobacco has been used and is used in cultural traditions.
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Warmed by Windchill by Jeffrey L. Tucker is the story of a weak, starving colt left to die frozen in a northern Wisconsin pasture. Rescued by Jeffrey L. Tucker, owner of Raindance Farms and Kathi Davis, owner of a horse training operation co-located at Raindance, their struggle to save the colt that led to over 1.2 million people following his progress on a blog and web cam. The twenty days he lived after his rescue resulting in the launching of a non-profit organization that continues to this day. This book can be purchased at most local book stores. Signed copies can also be ordered from: www.thewindchilllegacy.org for $17.95 plus shipping.
The Duluth Grill Cookbook by Robert Lillegard and photography by Rolf Hagsberg can be purchased at the restaurant on 27th Avenue West. The book tells how they changed their direction of the restaurant to urban gardens, gardens on the roof, outdoor gardening at the restaurant, and buying locally. It is jam packed full of home made from scratch recipes used in the restaurant. For example bison pot roast, Jamia’s lasagna, wild rice burgers, roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato sides, scotch eggs, red flannel hash, great smoothies, tasty salad dressings and much more. This is a one of a kind beautiful cookbook. I’d say even a coffee table cookbook. It sells for $29.95. www.duluthgrill.com/
A great article in the Wall Street Journal is ” How to Bring the Price of Health Care Into the Open” by Melinda Beck.
Patients are wanting transparency, the truth on the costs of health care and treatment. “Price Transparency” is the word of the day. Our utility bills and medical bills are going up. Everyone wants to be more spending conscious. How can one save money and make financial ends meet? Cardboard carrying boxes have gone up twenty five cents at the grocery store. Up, up, up is the trend.
Prices vary according to who is paying. Even medical professionalists are often clueless on the cost, until they read it in the paper that some is having a benefit to pay for their treatment bills. The patients keep getting treatment bills and then are turned into collection agencies when they cannot pay the minimum balance. Some are turned in to Cardon by medical providers to have them written off. These are usually those with lower incomes. No matter what your income, it can be extremely painful.
Do patients want transparency? Yes, they do. they want to know the cost. They want to know how much their insurance will pay and what they will have to pay. Patients want to know the bottom dollar, the details and the balance. I think most people want to pay what they owe as they have a sense of pride. Maybe we call it work ethics. It maybe that they can only afford $25.00 a month, not $600.00 a month. Some financial workers just don’t listen to their pleas. Do they feed their children or pay their medical/household bills?
Health plans are offering online tools to let members calculate their medical costs. Where is it cheaper to get this service? Is it the same quality? Does this provider have the most up to date medical procedures and machines to diagnosis the disease? Through the years we have seen changes in mammogram machines that can see more clearly changes. These are always new change.
Third party payers are often footing the bulk of the bills in this country.
“Last year, 38% of Americans with employer-sponsored insurance had a deductible of $1,000.00 or more-up which was from 10% in 2006, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
Silver and bronze plans created by the Affordable Care Act carry family deductible of $6,00-$10,386.00. This is still a problem for those struggling to pay their bills. More than half of the bronze plans require patients to pay 30% of the doctors fees according to the health information site-www.HealthPocket.com
Last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS grabbed the headlines when it released the average prices of 3,300 hospitals that charged Medicare for the 100 most common impatient services in 2011. Did you know that a joint replacement can vary from $5,300 to $223,000.00 across this country? A month later the CMS released more data based for procedures, and they would be $3,036 for a diagnostic and screening ultrasound someplace and $88.00 somewhere else. That is quite a difference in price.
There are other sites that can help patients as well.
There are about 360 health care systems that have signed up for the accountable care organizations created by the Affordable Care Act. That means they have agreed to provide the care given to a particular group such as Medicare the costs and how to lower the cost. The law also established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. We will see more assessment of hospitals and clinics in the next few years.
Starting in 2018 employers will have to pay 40% tax on the amounts spent beyond their set plan limits. They will pass this on to their employees who will have to get their costs down. Healthy ways will be forced on the American people, as they will have to become more cost conscious. Health care costs in this country have skyrocketed.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board is going to recommend spending cuts if Medicare’s costs exceed certain target goals. All populations of people will have to make cuts.
Right now in this country, there has been a lot of overtreatment of patients in certain medical areas. It is a known fact that breast cancer patients have been over diagnosed and over treated. Many do not need chemo. There needs to be “personalized cancer treatment,”not a one size fits all. We will see more treatment based on DNA families in the near future.
Some cancer patients are terminal and continual treatment does not help them. ”If the cancer does not kill them, for sure the chemo is killing them.” There has to be a quality of life in one’s final days. Some thing” hope” is all they have to hold on to and they try everything. Every situation needs to be evaluated.
Lots will be changed.They will be penalizing hospitals for patients who have been re admitted too many times. The same will hold true for patients who acquired infections. (I know my husband was in the hospital several years ago and it was at least two and half days before he got his diagnosis of cellulitis. He went to the hospital with it. Of course, it condition was a lot worse. He wrote a complaint letter, the situation was forced back on him, as though his complaints were his fault. Figure that?)