What Healthcare Means to Me
Have you ever thought about the American healthcare system and if it really works?
I recently met a woman who traveled as a health insurance consultant for major corporations. She shared with me how she was physically ill and trying to lose 60 pounds, but struggled because of her 12-hour days and non-stop travel schedule. She was helping major businesses purchase expensive healthcare plans, yet she was in poor health herself. The irony was profound.
I don’t judge this woman at all. I tell you this story to illustrate my belief that the world has it backwards. Our healthcare system says you need multiple prescriptions, doctors visits, and premium insurance plans to live a long life. But insurance companies are far more concerned about their bottom lines than your wellbeing.
Did you know the global health industry was worth $8.45 trillion in 2018? And the US spends twice as much on healthcare than the rest of the developed world. Yet, Americans are the most stressed, sick, and unfulfilled. Our system is clearly broken.
Healthcare to me has nothing to do with these outside factors. It’s about spirituality, body movement, a balanced diet, low stress, and a life of purpose–not just a paycheck.
I listened to a lecture recently and the speaker said, “We don’t have a healthcare system in this country. We have a disease management system.” Wow! I thought that was so profoundly put!
I often hear about people spending thousands of dollars or going into debt to see “specialists,” who never seem to fix the issue. They’re still sick, yet they’re not doing the internal work to find the source of their struggle.
To be clear, I’m not at war with western medicine. Doctors and nurses are good people who want to make a difference in the world. And they do help in many ways, and even save lives.
I only want to express that you have other options to be the healthiest, happiest, most fulfilled version of you. You can heal through prayer and your relationship with God and Jesus. You can heal by working with spiritual mentors, yoga teachers, massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and so on.
You can find true, gut-wrenching, soul-awakening healing ! I’ve seen it and experienced it personally. It's just not mainstream and the process won't fit into your company’s healthcare budget or agenda.
Healthcare in the US is a deceptive and greedy business. But you have the power to transcend the system. You have the power to heal; you just have to do the work.