What Does Health Cost?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

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92-April 2

“Every cloud has a silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get to the mint.”—Don Marquis

It seemed, no matter what I did, I got a bad cold every year. Someone would sneeze around me and bingo! A cold. My negative affirmations were loud in this area. And since I also believed that any cold would immediately degenerate into a sinus infection, it would be necessary for me to spend $125 for a doctor’s visit, plus about $75 for antibiotics, cough syrup, etc. So colds were not only miserable for my body, they were miserable for my pocketbook.

Something had to be done. You can guess, by now, what I did—yes, positive health affirmations! But I could see I needed to back up the positive thinking with some ships, so I took action, too. I investigated preventive health measures, and decided to consistently take vitamins, eat better and exercise more. Each action I took was a physical demonstration of my mental belief in my health.

I wasn’t quite up to speed on my positive changes when a cold laid me low. But I continued to think positively about my health (between sneezes). A lot of people had told me of the benefits of Echinacea, an herbal remedy for colds, so I bought some and took it every day.

And you know what? The cold ran its course, but didn’t degenerate into sinusitis. I didn’t need to go to the doctor and I didn’t need to pay $200. I paid $6.99 for a bottle of herbs.

Works for me!

I believe in mind over matter. I believe metaphysical medicine, in Quantum Healing, as Deepak Chopra’s book says. I believe we sometimes create our disease, and sometimes we can heal them, just through our intentions, affirmations, and faith.

And I also believe in Western Medicine, flu shots, aspirin, penicillin, dental fillings, operations, and cough medicine. They’ve helped me on a number of occasions. When I improve my metaphysics, I’ll need invasive medicine less. Until then, I’ll see my doctor when I need to.

Take a look at your health maintenance program. Taking care of your body is just like taking care of your car. Are you doing the small, regular maintenance checks that keep your engine running smoothly? Or are you waiting for the big breakdown before you pay attention? Regular maintenance is a lot less expensive. Your body is the number one piece of business equipment you own. Take care of it.

Because if you ruin it, you don’t get another one.

Today’s Affirmation: “Shining, radiant health is flowing now through all parts of my beautiful body!”

The cost of health is a very big topic – especially these days. My 93-year-old dad and I spent some quality lunch time near the end of his life discussing the Obama health care package (along with various wars, elections, and other topics-of-the-day). We were glad some action was taken, and understand “progress not perfection” but we were quite miffed that it’s all still left in the hands of the insurance companies. Why have a middle man skimming profits off the deal when you could have it all go through Medicare, a single payer system that already works?

The insurance companies would still be around to provide Cadillac services for those who wanted and could afford all the extras. They’d be smaller, though, and they don’t want to give up the whole pie for just a slice. Understandable. But we should fight them on this, and win.

The problem with insurance companies is that they make the most money from NOT SERVING THEIR CUSTOMER. They make more money when they deny claims, their profits zoom, the shareholders get richer, and the corporate executives make big multi-million dollar paydays. So is it any wonder that they devote a lot of their time and energy to preventing people from using the medical insurance they’ve been paying for? Watch “Sicko”.

My friend Suzy beamed at me at a networking meeting – she told me she was 68 and proud of it. And delighted to be on Medicare. I signed up for that when I became eligible, too, and got my official Medicare card. That saved me about $6,000 a year. Because one of the down sides of owning your own business prior to the Affordable Care Act was that you were on the individual health insurance market, and they could basically charge you anything they wanted. raise your premiums any time they wanted, and dismiss you from insurance rolls entirely if you got sick and forevermore had a “pre-existing condition” that prevented you from obtaining any medical insurance at all.

The remaining problem with Medicare is that the Republicans inserted a rule that Medicare could not negotiate drug prices. So we stick seniors with higher costs for drugs when they need them the most?? My one medication went from $262 per year on regular insurance to $850 per year on Medicare. That makes me mad every time I have to buy it.

The medical industry is all out of whack from a financial perspective to begin with. No one knows what the real cost of any hospital stay is going to be. It’s impossible to price compare or be a smart consumer. When you’re sick, you go to the nearest or best hospital and your only thought is to get well. That’s not a great time for comparing costs.

But the difference between the amount of money paid to the hospital when you have insurance, and the amount charged to you if you don’t have it is astronomical. So you have to have it, no matter what it costs.

The latest news from a Financial Planner was that in the future you aren’t going to be able to live on Social Security because 90% of it will go to pay your medical costs.

Now that, my friends, is really sick. Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to have to fix health care costs. Who do you think is going to do it?

Prosperity is a habit. You have to practice it every day.

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Chellie Campbell is a Financial Stress Reduction® Coach and the author of The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire, and From Worry to Wealthy. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s books You’ve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Past president of the LA Chapter NAWBO, she was "Most Inspirational Speaker" by Women in Management and "Speaker of the Year" by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs. She does daily inspirational videos in The Wealthy Spirit Group on Facebook.

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