An Ounce of Prevention
Posted by joyinhome on July 19, 2010
Access to quality and equitable health care continues to be an issue for many in this country, especially for women and families. Additionally our health care system has many layers that must be addressed. The Affordable Care Act seeks to tackle one such layer.
As a doctor who has cared for patients of all ages, I’ve seen the power of prevention in action; but I’ve also seen many missed opportunities to prevent unnecessary illness and suffering. For too long, the cost of regular checkups and screenings have led many families to avoid going to the doctor, leading to a higher risk of a chronic illness, and more costly care down the line.
If we want to truly reform health care in our country, we need to make sure our health care system provides Americans with the care they need to stop illness and disease before it starts. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year – and often are preventable.
The Affordable Care Act highlights regarding prevention.
- New health plans on or after September 23, 2010, are required to cover recommended preventive services without charging a deductible, copayment or coinsurance.
- The first-ever National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy.
- Investment into policies to increase the number of primary care professionals to help ensure access to preventive services.
- Easier and more affordable for those covered by Medicare and Medicaid to access preventive screenings and services.