Category: Health and Wellness

Category: Cost of Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Health Insurance

Preventive Care Vs Corrective Care in Everyday Life

I’m constantly amazed by how many of my friends are so particular about the maintenance they do on their cars. Or their boats. Or their homes.

Let’s face it, these assets cost a fortune to fix when something breaks. If you can head off those bigger costs by regularly spending a little bit of time and money on preventive maintenance, it makes good sense to do so. And so we do. Read more

Category: Health and Wellness

What’s Your Cancer Story?

If you live in Louisiana long enough, odds are your life will be touched by cancer. Either you personally, or through the trials and tribulations of a loved one. I was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1983 and count myself fortunate to have survived the surgeries, the treatments and to be here, cancer-free since 1984. Read more

Category: ACA and Policy, Cost of Healthcare, Health and Wellness

Why Bother With Health Insurance?

It’s Expensive, I Don’t Use It Much

As we were developing our recent Straight Talk posts that dealt directly with terminology, how health insurance pays for your health care, and how your out-of-pocket spending and your health insurance carrier’s spending relate to your premiums, another question kept coming up. This one came specifically from younger folks with health insurance. It went something like this: Read more

Category: Health and Wellness

Immunizations: Pain and Salvation!

I’m often struck by how ahead of the curve medical innovations have been in the United States of America. Years ago, I worked with a man who was brilliant, a programmer who had a Ph.D. in mathematics, who also had a disability. After several months of working with him and sharing a few meals together, we got to know each other. I learned his disability was due to catching polio as a child. That seemed really strange to me because he was younger than I am, and I got the polio vaccine as a child. Most American kids born since the mid-1950s have gotten the vaccine, and we’ve never met anyone with polio. Read more