I wrote two posts this week for the Courier-Journal’s online health portal, In the Prime.
The first was titled, Can an insurance company improve our health?
In this post I use the tragic story of a patient who stopped taking an important medicine because of a high copay. Two recent medical studies have shown that a value-based insurance design, or one that makes affordable the most evidence-based treatments, can actually improve outcomes and lower costs. The idea is simple: Make the best treatments free (or least expensive) while less-proven therapies are more costly. This way, everyone wins: the patient gets cheaper and more effective treatment while the insurance company saves money in the long-term–because of better outcomes.
The second post, which I called The real solution to obesity lies with â€œthe clickâ€ tells an inspirational story entwined with my favorite sport, cyclocross. It’s not just an account of how Mr. Earnest Gagnon used cycling, not surgery or pills, to pedal off hundreds of pounds. It’s more about how true solutions to obesity lie with harnessing or stimulating that internal click within ourselves. You know, the flip where something happens inside us. It tells us that it’s time to be healthy. And that once this new philosophy becomes entrenched, there’s no going back. Obesity hath no chance in those who have clicked.