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Another excellent article on hc in America
You are right.  I would assert that health care, dental care, vision care, hearing care, nutrition (care), and mental health care are all interrelated.  Yet many policies exclude or significantly restrict coverage of all of these.  Good general health depends upon all of them. And yet bundles including all of them will approach the ridiculously termed "Cadillac" tax by the time that tax sets in, in 2018.  While there are some good things in the bill, it also ultimately punishes those offering (and those purchasing) good comprehensive coverage for their families.  Instead, doing the right thing should be rewarded, not punished.

One other comment, knowledge about good nutrition must always be updated.  What we thought we knew at a given point in time surely will change in light of newer research.  So keeping up-to-date is essential for families.  But it is difficult to sort through all the industry-biased so-called research. News reports don't always tell us whether a particular producer subsidized the study.  And many nutrition departments in universities now have too-cozy relationships with industry sources. Regardless, though, making an effort to become knowledgeable is better for families than not doing it.

The same goes for our knowledge in the area of health care. It's essential to figure out whether studies claiming effectiveness of a drug therapy was funded by the manufacturer.  Was the the medication was subjected to prospective double-blind experimental conditions?  Or were the data merely retrospective correlational studies, with variance attributable to numerous confounds uncontrolled?  It's also really important to study the side-effects of medications via a PDR and to try to track down the research on various treatments.  Some surgical treatments are really inappropriate for certain people.  In some cases surgical treatments dont' even work in the majority of cases.  Being an informed medical consumer is a real, but necessary, challenge.  



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