The (Secret) Rules
What we’d most want our friends and loved ones to know
There are many aspects of our bodies and of our current sickness system that many of us share gross misconceptions about – to the detriment of our own quality of life and to our pocketbooks.
Some of the most important misunderstandings include:
The human body is not a perfect vessel. If we look hard enough, we can find something imperfect. That doesn’t mean it should be immediately or aggressively treated.
Diagnostic and screening tests aren’t perfect. Sometimes they’re not even good.
Procedures and medications don’t work on everyone. Sometimes they work on almost no one. And sometimes they hurt more people than they benefit. But they’re still used, and when they are, we pay for them.
Procedures and medications don’t necessarily impact everyone the same way. Sometimes our doctors can predict whether we can benefit, sometimes they can’t.
Even if your insurance pays 100% of the fees associated with a test or procedure, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s in your best interests to have it done.
Just because insurance won’t pay for something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it.
Just because a healthcare service, procedure, or product costs more, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of higher quality.
“It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us in trouble. It’s the things we know that ain’t so.”
Artemus Ward (but often mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain)
How we might help
There are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings that distract us from our best available paths to lifelong wellness, health, and, when needed, high value healthcare. We would like to help you will understand how to see through many of these distractions, how to avoid their pitfalls, and how to seek further information and tools to aide in your own path to wellness and value based consumption of healthcare products and services. In this section, we will cover common myths and misunderstandings that impede our pursuit of wellness and value based consumption of healthcare products and services. For each, we’ll point out how better understanding these topics can help individuals and heads of families, and where they can learn more on each topic.
Some areas we’ll cover
When I have a health or medical problem, my doctor will examine me and do some tests, and that process will always lead to one clear-cut treatment plan – ‘The Solution’. If I apply ‘The Solution’, I’ll get better.
Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers are shining stars for creating life saving innovations, and need high profit margins to support the research and development of the next great lifesaver.
Next: We live in a great country. But you think we’re great at delivering healthcare? Think again.
The next areas we’ll cover soon
Thanks to all of those who have provided input so far. Based on what we’ve heard, these appear to be the next highest topics of interest that we plan on covering next:
I’m not too worried about the cost of healthcare, because I’ve got insurance, so they pay.
If insurance pays for a test, medication, procedure, or treatment, I might as well get it.
If I need a procedure or to go into the hospital, they’re all pretty much the same in quality and cost.
I’m sure others have the same condition I do, but there is no way that their experiences can help me. Or mine, theirs.
My employer provides my health insurance, so it doesn’t matter that I don’t understand it. I don’t have any alternatives, anyway.
My doctors and my hospital all have electronic medical records, so they must talk to each other and know what each other has done for and to me.
When I’m about to die, my doctors or my family will decide what’s reasonable to try to save my life. Or if I write a Living Will, it’s all taken care of and my desires will be followed to the letter.
All this wellness and value based consumerism stuff sounds great, but I’m too young (or too old) for all that. It can’t impact me at this stage in life.