Does the health of your healthcare provider matter?

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Have you ever been cared for by someone who smoked cigarettes? Have you ever been cared for by someone who was obviously not healthy? May be they were obese?

Now before you get your panties up in a bunch, I’m referring to those who are severely unhealthy. I’m talking about the healthcare providers who can’t take the stairs because they’re too unhealthy. Remember I said the word “can’t”, I didn’t say won’t.

How do you think a patient feels when their healthcare provider walks into the room and all they can smell  is a dirty ashtray?

How about when a healthcare provider gives the patient education on health maintenance, when they themselves are obese,  or have hypertension?

Once again, I’m referring to those healthcare providers who obviously don’t take care of themselves.

I throw these hot coals on the fire simply to bring the topic to light.  The cornerstone to great patient care is the relationship the patient has with their provider. And I’m talking about all healthcare providers. And I’m talking about all team members on the healthcare team. Not just the physicians. Not just the advanced practice providers. Not just the nurses. Not just the respiratory therapists.   This concept should extend to those who manage us.  This concept extends to anyone at the corporate level. I mean everyone.

Shouldn’t we all practice what we preach?

Check out the video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.

Should health care providers practice what they preach?How do patients feel about their health care providers smelling like a dirty ash tray?Will our patients listen to our health education and heed our advice if we can’t do it ourselves?I’m probably hitting a nerve here, but it’s an important and real topic. Remember, I’m talking about the unhealthy, not the mildly overweight. I’m talking about severe obesity, not normal weight gain we all experience as we age.What are you thoughts? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by Sean Dent on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Breathe it in… if you can

Gif of the Day: Smoker's Lungs vs. Non-Smoker's Lungs

If you’ve been around my blog before, I’ve jumped on my pedestal once or twice about how much I am against smoking. If you haven’t, consider yourself warned. Both personally and professionally I emphatically do not approve of this filthy, disgusting and EXTREMELY unhealthy habit (I did mention my distaste didn’t I?)

There is nothing positive about smoking. Nah-thing. I’d be boring you if I started spouting off all the evidence-based research that supports how BAD smoking is for your health and the health of others around you. Google it.

The above GIF just supports everything there is to know about smoking. Look at the color of the lungs. Yes, black lungs are bad. Look at the size of the lungs as they inflate. Yes, you guessed it smaller inflation is bad.

Just think about how much your body has to work in overtime just to breathe, both at rest and while active. Just to breathe. I mean, breathing is not something we take lightly is it? You don’t need to breath efficiently do you?

I mean if you want to smoke, by all means go for it. Just remember, your body will probably not like it much in the end.

Reference: Gif of the Day: Smoker’s Lungs vs. Non-Smoker’s Lungs – Cheezburger.

Charging a Tax on the obese, smokers?

I for one think this is bold. It’s no secret how I feel about smoking and the non-compliant diabetic or obese individual. Not to mention the strain it puts on the health care system, since most, if not all of these morbidities are preventable (to some degree) and ALL are treatable.
Treatable, meaning to lessen the ‘effects’ on the health care system.
You are not born obese, not are you born with a cigarette in your mouth. Diabetes can be inherited, but once again is very manageable and treatable.
So, yeah – I think this ‘tax’ just might ‘wake’ some people up.

Amplify’d from

Arizona Medicaid considers tax on smokers, obese

PHOENIX – Arizona’s cash-strapped Medicaid program is considering charging patients $50 a year if they smoke, have diabetes or are overweight. A spokeswoman for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System said Friday that the fee is intended to rein in health care costs by pushing patients to keep themselves healthy.

“It engages the consumer to start having a greater awareness of how they fit into the bigger health care puzzle,” said Monica Coury, spokeswoman for AHCCCS. “We want to be able to provide health care to people. And we want to stretch our dollars as far as we can. Part of that is engaging people to take better care of themselves.”

Some private employers and state governments have instituted higher insurance premiums for workers who are overweight or smoke, but Arizona’s plan would mark the first time a state-federal health care program for low-income residents has charged people for unhealthy lifestyles.

The fee would apply only to certain childless adults.

One part of the proposal affects people with diabetes. Coury says diabetics who fail to follow their doctor’s orders to lose weight would be subjected to the $50 charge.

Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said that isn’t fair to diabetics.

“This would fine people with medical conditions beyond their own power and control,” Sinema said. “I just don’t think it’s fair to vilify someone with diabetes.”

People who are obese or chronically ill, and those who smoke, would need to work with a primary-care physician to develop a plan to help them lose weight and otherwise improve their health. Patients who don’t meet specified goals would be required to pay the $50 under the proposal.

The plan requires approval by the Republican-controlled Legislature, which has been considering $500 million of cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program to help eliminate a state budget deficit of nearly $1.5 billion.

A fee for Medicaid patients also would need federal authorization, and federal rules could prevent Arizona from enforcing the fee.

Coury says the $50 fee is a way of showing the federal government Arizona is serious about getting people healthy while stretching and managing dollars better.

“Part of that requires that we engage the consumer in active, healthy behaviors.”