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Top Ten Benefits of Private Health Care System

A publicly funded health care system has long been considered the backbone in providing for the health care needs of any given community. That is even more true with the installment of new healthcare laws and the Affordable Care Act. However, this scenario has changed with the entry of private health care businesses that cater to people driven by hyper health consciousness and increasing health awareness. Most people are willing to pay a premium to avoid long queues and the perceived risk of infection in public-sector hospitals, besides availability of a ready access to specialized care. There is a steady increase in private sector hospitals, health hubs, and insurance companies to satiate the growing hunger for quality and customized health care. There are numerous benefits of a private health care system, despite being in the limelight for being an expensive provider.

To name just a few, the top ten benefits of private health care are:

  1. Quality Health Care: Often, Private Health Care has been equated to quality health care! A patient’s freedom to choose rival providers is the fodder that drives a healthy competition between various health care providers.
  2. Multi-Speciality Coverage: Private Health Care Providers are the major players when it comes to specialized medical and surgical treatment provided under a single roof or plan.
  3. Insignificant Waiting Time: The concept of “Service with No Waiting Time” offered by Private Health Care Providers for a premium, is a welcome offing for this busy generation that equates time with money.
  4. Generation of Jobs: Private health care system has generated abundant health care related jobs in insurance companies, hospitals, residential care facilities and health spas. Today, private health care industry is one of the largest industries in the world.
  5. Competition: Tough competition for better services at a lower price is what makes the private health care industry a boon for patients.
  6. Value Added Services: The public health care system falls short when it comes to providing value added services like personalised nursing or intensive care facilities, while their counterparts provide the best of services for a premium.
  7. Self-Financing: Private health care system does not require Government funding, saving tax payers’ money, with distribution of cost between the providers and their customers.
  8. Job-Related Health Care Incentives: Many employers provide lucrative private health care incentives as a benefit for employees which reduce government spending on health care.
  9. Physician Choice: Private Hospitals hand it out to the patient when it comes to choosing their doctors.
  10. Customised Health Insurance: Most Insurance Companies offer a wide variety of customised health insurance options that suit every patient’s needs.

It is benefits like these that make the private health care system a lucrative business proposition. The conscious effort to outdo the public health care system has generated a highly competitive atmosphere in the healthcare sector that pushes public players to join the fray and offer quality healthcare at a reasonable cost.

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Impact on Health Professionals and Patients: A Welcome Side Effect?

Even doctors and other health professionals have experienced a renewed work environment with the stiffening competition in healthcare. Government sector hospitals have started providing benefits to their employees, equivalent to or better than private players, to lure them and make them stay. This in turn pushes private players to provide better packages to health professionals while at the same time keeping essential healthcare reasonably affordable to all sections of society.

Overall, private healthcare has triggered in a quality-cum-cost revolution in both private and public health sectors benefitting end-users in the bargain – doctors and patients. In short, it is a “WIN-WIN” for all.

Affordable Healthcare Act

How will the ACA (Obamacare) Affect Senior Citizens?

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has polarized the country and will change the U.S. health care system. Seniors citizens have been especially worried about the new legislation’s potential impact on Medicare and their health care costs. This infographic addresses the impact that the Obamacare legislation will have on senior citizens and Medicare, and details the contrasting political viewpoints covering 5 key elements of the reform. Republicans and Democrats differ significantly in their beliefs as to the impact of the Affordable Care Act. From each side of the political aisle the impact on Medicare, individuals, prescription drugs, health care choices and the impending doctor shortage are analyzed. The infographic offers an unbiased comparison of the supported facts argued by both Republicans and Democrats.

Impact of ACA (ObamaCare)medicare

What do you think? Will Obamacare offer senior citizens lower prescription drug costs, a more efficient health care system and cost-savings from free preventative services or will the Medicare cuts be too big to overcome, causing increased healthcare costs and fewer medical choices?

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Top Ten Medical News for Week 2 of 2014

Medical Science is developing at an astronomical rate and so is medical news. It is absolutely essential to find the right news at the right time to make sense. We at Medical Island have endeavoured to find the best medical news from across the globe.

Read on to find the most inspiring and latest medical news and how they influence your life on a day-t0-day basis.

Following are the Top 10 Medical News for the Second Week of 2014:

1. Vitamin D levels during pregnancy linked to offspring muscle strength – Medical News Today

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com Monday 6 January 2014 – 8am PST

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that mothers who have a higher intake of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to have children with stronger muscles.

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2. Overweight and obesity in developing countries ‘alarming' – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:19:36 GMT

Overweight and obesity in developing countries ‘alarming'Medical News TodayThe ‘alarming' rise in overweight and obese adults in developing countries is growing into a huge public health burden, says one of the authors of a new report from a UK think …

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3. Single faulty gene causes major type 2 diabetes symptom in mice – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:19:36 GMT

Single faulty gene causes major type 2 diabetes symptom in mice. New research from the US reported in the journal Diabetes, shows that the loss of just one gene in mice is enough to cause fasting hyperglycemia – a major symptom of type 2 diabetes.

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4. Ovarian cancer: combination therapy using decitabine ‘effective' – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:13:08 GMT

Ovarian cancer: combination therapy using decitabine ‘effective'. Women with recurrent ovarian cancer showed clinical benefit when treated with a drug called decitabine before undergoing chemotherapy and a cancer vaccine. This is acco …

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5. New lung cancer screening guidelines approved for older smokers – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:13:08 GMT

New lung cancer screening guidelines approved for older smokers. “The benefit of screening may be significantly less in people with serious medical problems and there is no benefit in screening someone for whom treatment is not an opt …

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6. Anticancer properties of novel compound ‘confirmed' – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Sun, 05 Jan 2014 08:18:32 GMT

Anticancer properties of novel compound ‘confirmed'. Medical News Today recently reported on a study suggesting that low oxygen conditions found in some tumors may trigger the production of proteins that play a part in the spread of b …

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7. Good night's sleep good for brain health – Medical News Today

http://news.google.com Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:14:18 GMT

Good night's sleep good for brain health. A good night's sleep may be essential to brain health, say Swedish researchers who found depriving healthy young men of a night's sleep increased blood concentrations of brain molecules to lev …

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8. CNN.com – Pollution could turn China's dream into nightmare – Opinion – CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/ Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 0238 GMT

So it became national news when, starting from December, Shanghai, Nanjing, and other cities in that region were cloaked in heavy smog for about a week.

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9. Mercury News – Jahi McMath – Brain-dead teen's body may be too may deteriorated to save after successful move from Hospital

http://www.mercurynews.com/ Monday, 06 Jan 2014 06:31:34 PM PST

But even the best medical tools cannot replace the brain's role in regulating the critical balance of essential hormones, immunity and other chemicals, said Dr Neal E Slatkin, a neurologist and chief medical officer of San Jose's Hospice Of The Valley.

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10. Good News For Health Care: Medical Connectivity To Grow Over 800% in 7 Years

http://www.hotmedicalnews.com Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:29:49 GMT

Transparency Market Research recently published a report anticipating a 38 percent compound annual growth rate in the market for medical-device connectivity through 2019, from $3.4 billion worldwide in 2012. If this comes to pass, it is good news, because it will cause health costs to drop and quality to increase.

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Five Alternative Healing Methods that Actually Work

Thirty years ago, chiropractic and therapeutic massage were widely considered to be “quirky” healing procedures that weren’t commonly considered as actually doing anything to help the body heal.

Now, both are widely accepted methods of augmenting and, in some cases, replacing more traditional medical interventions. There are some healing methods available now that many people think are as “questionable” as people considered chiropractic and massage in the past. However, research is showing that there some of these treatments show a high level of effectiveness for certain types of pain or injury. While not every treatment is appropriate for every person or injury, when used as in conjunction with traditional medical treatments, many alternative methods are able to speed the healing process and make the patient more comfortable during their recovery.

1. Acupuncture/Acupressure – Acupuncture, the introduction of fine needles to different parts of the body to stimulate healing, has been around for centuries in the East. The needles are used to redirect “qi”, which is the body’s natural energy flow, in order to help with healing an injury or an illness. While many people still balk at the idea of needles, acupuncture is able to provide relief for a number of people with many different digestive, muscular, and skeletal conditions. Acupressure uses traditional acupuncture points and stimulates them with pressure from the hands or fingers of the practitioner instead of using needles. When seeking an acupuncturist or acupressurist, it is important that they have received the appropriate training and apprenticeship in order to effectively practice their craft. Before your first treatment, you should spend some time with your practitioner in order to learn about their background and learning before going under the needle.

2. Yoga/Meditation – Another ancient Eastern practice, yoga provides physical exercise as well as the vehicle for mental rest in the form of meditation. Yoga, in its most basic form, is a series of stretches and poses that gently stretch the muscles and joints of the body while encouraged the body’s natural energy flow to follow beneficial paths for the practitioner. Many yoga practitioners find themselves easily sliding into a relaxed mental state, which can help with anxiety and blood pressure issues. Yoga is easily modified to the ability level of the practitioner, requiring each person to only go as far into the poses as their bodies will allow. Most gyms offer yoga classes so finding a class isn’t difficult for most people. Be sure to talk to your yoga teacher before your first class and explain any limitations or concerns. Most instructors will be able to demonstrate modifications to the poses that may offer more comfort to people with certain conditions. The gentle stretching and mental benefits of yoga help many people heal from both physical and psychological conditions.

3. Herbal Medicine – Before modern medication made of chemicals, medicine was made from herbs and plants found by the local wise woman or shaman. In recent years, there has been a movement that has embraced the knowledge of the herbalist, bringing herbal medicine back in to favor with many people, particularly those concerned with the amount of chemicals being put into their bodies. Before beginning an herbal regime, it is essential to talk about what you are planning to take with your physician then work with an experienced herbalist to be sure you are taking the best herbs for your conditions and that there are no contraindications or interactions between any medications you are on and the herbs you take. Be sure the herbal preparations you use are made from a reliable manufacturer and listen carefully to the advice of your herbalist. Most health food stores or those that specialize in organic products have herbalists on staff to help you decide the herbal preparations that will best address your personal health needs or issues.

4. Reiki – Another Eastern healing technique, reiki focuses on the release of stress and blocks of the body’s energy flows in order to improve health and healing. For reiki practitioners, illness is caused by stress that blocks the natural flow of energy through the body. Reiki removes these blocks restoring energy flow and, therefore, restoring health. While finding a good reiki practitioner may be a little difficult, if you ask at your local martial arts studio, yoga studio, or health food store, you will most likely be able to find someone who can help you with this art. Reiki does take time to work as some blocks are very severe so it may take a few sessions to begin feeling the effects of the treatment. You will want to talk to your practitioner before your first treatment in order to assess their background and learning. Reiki practitioners need to be regularly aligned by a Master and should be able to explain this process to you. Once you have begun to heal through your reiki treatments, it is important to keep going to your practitioner at regular intervals for realignment and to have any areas that are prone to blockage checked before they become problematic.

5. Magnets – Medical grade magnets can provide a significant amount of relief for those suffering from joint, skeletal, and muscular issues. Far stronger than typical household magnets, medical grade magnets help to increase blood flow, make ions in the body more reactive, and can help with the production of certain beneficial chemicals, such as melatonin. It is essential to purchase medical grade magnets if you are going to attempt this treatment and get information from the seller about how to use the magnets. A great number of people find relief quickly with this method; many times in the first session. Magnets can be used locally, in the form of a magnet that is placed over the affected area in a wrap or light bandage. They can also be used generally in the form of a bracelet that rests over the main arteries in the wrist which will help to move the benefits throughout the body. Magnets can be used while participating in sports or activities or when at rest after a workout. Many bracelets that contain magnets are made of other elements, such as tungsten carbide, which amplifies the effects of the magnets through its own healing properties. Magnets can be safely used by most people, however, for those who are under age 7, have a diabetic pump, or are pregnant, it is important to discuss this treatment with a physician before trying it.

Final Verdict

As people become more concerned with the chemicals they introduce into their bodies, they are also becoming more aware of alternative methods of healing the body that don’t require the chemicals of traditional medicine. Working with your doctor, an alternative healer can provide relief and support for the more traditional methods your physician is using. Many people find such success with these alternative healing methods for themselves, they are also using them to help heal their pets. While every method won’t work for every person and these techniques are not a replacement for traditional medical treatments, many people find relief from their discomfort and that their healing is faster when using an alternative treatment in conjunction with more traditional medical interventions. As these treatments begin to become more popular and better known, they will become more accepted as effective treatments by the general public.

What is alternative today can, as people begin to find relief and share their experiences with others, very quickly become mainstream tomorrow

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Two Toothbrushes

Gingivitis: An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure

Gingivitis is one of the most common dental hygiene problems. The symptoms of gingivitis are sore or inflamed gums that are receding away from the teeth which may bleed a little when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. Another symptom of gingivitis is embarrassingly noticeable and difficult to cure bad breath.

If gingivitis isn’t cured, the problems will come to extend beyond the aesthetic and uncomfortable. Gingivitis is caused by toxic bacterial infection, and if left alone to proliferate it will become periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is linked to having higher risk of heart disease (yes, believe it or not), respiratory ailments, and certain complications related to birth and baby health in pregnant women. Some research also suggests that it has a causal relationship with higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And, as you may have already intuited, severe periodontal disease can lead to the loss of teeth.

Approximately 30% of people who get gingivitis have it progress into periodontal disease. More than 75% of adult Americans will get gingivitis.

The good news among this grim information is that you can prevent or, if need be, totally reverse gingivitis by taking certain inexpensive steps. These steps don’t cost a lot of money but they do demand discipline. However, with practice even that discipline becomes an easy routine. You prevent major trouble (and possible big expenses) with these simple, routine actions.

Brusha-brusha. This one is so easy, even a Neanderthal can do it. But that just makes it that much more shocking how many people don’t brush their teeth regularly. You want to brush your teeth twice a day (three times a day is even better, but that does understandably become unfeasible for a lot of us), and the best times are when you first get up or just before going to work and then again just before going to bed. Get a new toothbrush or new electric toothbrush head every 60 days (or more frequently).

Floss. This is the hard one. Flossing can seem quite annoying and time-consuming. So in order to work this into your daily regimen, consider these stratagems:
(a) Start by flossing just one tooth per day, gradually building up to two teeth per day, then three, etc. Within three to four weeks, you should be magically finding the time to floss a lot, if not most or all, of your teeth every day.
(b) Make use of disposable hybrid dental floss picks for your teeth. The picks act like toothpicks and are attached to handles which tautly hold a string of (often mint-scented) floss. These clever devices make flossing that much easier and more efficient, and their appearance even makes it kind of Space Age cool.

Rinse with anti-plaque & gingivitis formula. This is the easiest one, and it all comes down to merely remembering to do it. This isn’t the same as mouthwash, although it does freshen your breath, too. You just take a swig and swish it around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out and you’re all good to go. You can do this when you feel like you don’t have time to brush or floss, too. The best time to use this stuff is just after brushing: use it as the rinse-out of the remaining toothpaste in your mouth.

Have healthy habits. The leading cause of gingivitis is just simply unhealthy habits. It’s more than not brushing enough — it’s a high sugar, high carb diet, and even lack of exercise. If you exercise more, you strengthen your immune system and that makes it harder for those toxin-producing bacteria to breed in your mouth. Lots of sugars and refined carbs going over your teeth and gums just feeds and breeds those bacteria. Cut way back on those sugar-laden and “white bread” foods and drinks, and save them for special occasions like holidays, and go for a run a few times a week instead of being the couch surfer. Also look into using health supplements such as Co-Q10, manganese, and magnesium, among others. Your mouth (and the rest of you) will be grateful.

If you do develop gingivitis: use a mixture of one ounce of warm water and once ounce of hydrogen peroxide to swish around in your mouth for 20 to 30 seconds. (Please take out your chromium metallic dental prosthetic plate, if you have such a thing, before you do this — that's very important!) Use this wash three to five times per day until the gingivitis is gone. (This is in addition to the other techniques outlined above.)

Smile!

[box type=”note”]About the Author: Jessie Flesner is a freelance writer in New Albany, Indiana. She often writes about the dental industry for PDental Inc.[/box]