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How to save the nation billions in healthcare costs


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We are in a current state of crisis when it comes to paying for our healthcare. Learn the simple truth that has led to this situation and more importantly find out what could be a major factor in the healing of this national disaster.

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How to save the nation billions in healthcare costs

  1. 1. How to Save the Nation $$$$ Billions $$$$ in HealthCare Costs! Dr. Michael E. Graham Macomb, Michigan USA
  2. 2. First –how much have we paid in the past?
  3. 3. In 2007 - $2.2 trillion was spent on national health care. $2,200,000,000,000.00
  4. 4. That jumped to:$2.6 trillion in 2010 That’s an additional $400,000,000,000.00 ($400 billion).
  5. 5. In 1980 only $256 billion was spent on health care.
  6. 6. It will jump to $4 trillion in 2015.$4,000,000,000,000.00
  7. 7. That’s why healthcare reform has to happen. It is simply out of control.
  8. 8. So how can we “fix” it?
  9. 9. Pass the costs of healthcare onto the employers.
  10. 10. But that won’t fix the problem.
  11. 11. Pay doctors and nurses less.
  12. 12. That won’t fix it.
  13. 13. Pay hospitals less.
  14. 14. That won’t fix it.
  15. 15. Make patients pay more.
  16. 16. That won’t fix it.
  17. 17. These scenarios have the proverbial“dog chasing it’s tail.”
  18. 18. I think we need to askProf. Einstein for his opinion.
  19. 19. “The world will not evolvepast its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” Albert Einstein
  20. 20. Let’s take a closer look at the cause of theNational Healthcare Crisis
  21. 21. It boils down to one thing.
  22. 22. Are we treating symptoms?
  23. 23. Or trying to fix the underlying causeof those symptoms?
  24. 24. The official policy of manyhealth insurance companies is:
  25. 25. “the amelioration of symptoms not to cure disease!” Blue Cross Blue Shield
  26. 26. So the problem is that the medicalcommunity is directed by the payers to “not fix” the illness or deformity but rather to just mask the symptoms.
  27. 27. Basically, they are saying:
  28. 28. “if you ignore something longenough, it will just go away .”
  29. 29. The problem is that nothing is “going away.”
  30. 30. The fact is,people are living longer and as a result, so is the cost of “covering-up” the symptoms.
  31. 31. Let’s skip the generalities and get into the specifics.
  32. 32. In 2009 -$475.3 billion was spent treating cardiovascular disease.
  33. 33. In 2007 – $116 billion was spent treating diabetesand its related complications.
  34. 34. In 2008 –$147 billion was spent treating obesity related issues.
  35. 35. In other words –$738.3 billion was spent on: cardiovascular disease diabetes obesity
  36. 36. What can be done tocombat these diseases?
  37. 37. A top recommendation is?
  38. 38. Exercise
  39. 39. But the majority of patients end up with painas their reward for exercising.
  40. 40. Pain ends our excitement to exercise really fast.So we end up right back where we started – Nowhere.
  41. 41. 1 out of 2 people end up with allsorts of musculoskeletal issues.
  42. 42. This leads us down another “rabbit hole” of insanity. The costs associated with musculoskeletal problems.
  43. 43. In 2008 110,340,000 individuals complained of one or more symptoms to their musculoskeletal system.That number will be significantly higher in 2013.
  44. 44. In other words: every other person over 18 years oldhas a musculoskeletal complaint.
  45. 45. Chronic musculoskeletal complaints are found 60% higher thancoronary & heart conditions.
  46. 46. 3 out of 4 persons (69%) aged 75years or older report one or more musculoskeletal symptoms. So, the older we grow, the more likely we are to develop a musculoskeletal problem.
  47. 47. 62 million (62,000,000) adultsreported back pain (in 2008)
  48. 48. 39 million (39,000,000) adults reported knee pain.
  49. 49. 17 million (17,000,000) adults 18 years and older reported thatthey have difficulty performing routine daily activities of life without assistance all because of their musculoskeletal complaints.
  50. 50. The direct costs for treatingmusculoskeletal disease was $575 billion ($576,000,000,000.00)and an additional $373.1 billion ($373,100,000,000.00) on indirect costs.
  51. 51. The total costs ofmusculoskeletal disease to society was estimated at $950 billion ($950,000,000,000.00) in 2010. It is over $1 trillion today.
  52. 52. What is the number one reason for back pain?
  53. 53. What is the number one reason for hip pain?
  54. 54. What is the number one reason for knee pain?
  55. 55. It all begins with the most abused andneglected part of our body - OUR FEET!
  56. 56. Specifically the talus (ankle bone) on thecalcaneus (heel bone)
  57. 57. When the talus is properlyaligned on the calcaneus
  58. 58. then the rest of the body is in A L I G N M E N T
  59. 59. and thenormal amount of forces areacting on the bones and soft tissues throughout the musculoskeletal chain.
  60. 60. People with aligned hindfeet are able to walk, run or exercise without suffering.
  61. 61. However,a partial dynamic displacement of the talus on the calcaneus
  62. 62. leads to apathologic chain reaction of destruction. M I S A L I G N M E N T
  63. 63. These abnormal forces act on the entiremusculoskeletal chain incorrectly.
  64. 64. This partial talotarsal dislocation
  65. 65. is what leads to the development of these chronic secondarymusculoskeletal symptoms.
  66. 66. People who have a misaligned hindfoot are punished forwalking, running or exercising.
  67. 67. So we have to look atback, hip, knee and foot pain as symptoms.
  68. 68. Pain is a warning signalthat something is wrong.
  69. 69. If we only address the symptoms without eliminatingthe source of the symptoms,then the symptoms will just reoccur.
  70. 70. Just like we can keep putting air into a tire with a slow leak, but the air will just escape and the tire will go flat again.
  71. 71. We can invent all sorts of ways toput air in the tire, yet we ignore the fact that it is just a temporary fix.
  72. 72. Eventually, the small holeprogressively gets larger and the tire is completely destroyed.
  73. 73. If we could have repaired thehole when it was smaller it wouldhave been a much easier fix than having to replace the entire wheel.
  74. 74. The same is true with our bodies. It’s easier to fix a mild deformity than to wait for it to become a severe deformity.
  75. 75. As the population continues to increase and the lifespan continues to grow longer,the already overwhelming costs of treating musculoskeletal diseases will become insurmountable.
  76. 76. It seems that no matter how hard the medical establishment tries, they are unable to provide long-term solutions.
  77. 77. We have to change our thinking and look to eliminate, or todecrease as much as possible, the underlying etiology.
  78. 78. Let’s look at musculoskeletaldisease from another angle.
  79. 79. Not to just focus our attention to where the pain is, but to look at the entire structure.
  80. 80. Walking is the second mostcommon conscious function of our body. Breathing is number one.
  81. 81. This partial talotarsaldisplacement is simply ignored or undertreated. No one ever pays attention to the foundation of the body – our feet.
  82. 82. Typically, someone withmisaligned feet has only 3 options.
  83. 83. Do nothing.
  84. 84. Put an arch support under yourfoot (that may temporarily helpwith the symptoms but won’t fix the problem.)
  85. 85. Internally fix it.Reconstructive rearfoot surgery. Looks like fun, right?
  86. 86. Problem with observation or“supervised neglect” is that while standing, walking, or running those excessive pathologic forces are destroying the body.
  87. 87. Also, there is progressive destruction to our body. That is why the older we get, the more likely we are to have musculoskeletal disorders.
  88. 88. Arch supports?Where’s the proof of hindfoot realignment. Even the best custom-fit device cannot realign and maintain that alignment of the hindfoot.
  89. 89. Rearfoot reconstructive surgeryis reserved until there is so much destruction that there is no other option.
  90. 90. Finally – it’s time for the real solution.This is the answer we have been looking for.
  91. 91. What if there was a rather simpleprocedure where a stabilization device could be internally inserted to realign the talus back on the calcaneus.
  92. 92. The normalamount of motion is restored.
  93. 93. No matter if the person was going barefoot or wearing shoes, the hindfoot would still be realigned.
  94. 94. This device could be used in both children and adults.
  95. 95. And, if needed, this device could be removed. It’s always nice to know that a surgical procedure could be reversed, if necessary.
  96. 96. Once the hindfoot is realigned thosepathologic destructive forces would be eliminated and more importantly…
  97. 97. …individuals could start walking,running and exercising without being punished.
  98. 98. This device would need to be time-tested and scientifically proven.
  99. 99. What if I told you that this device isalready being used by foot and ankle surgeons in over 25 countries?
  100. 100. It has been placed in over 20,000 feetover the past 8 years.
  101. 101. There are many scientific, peer- reviewed articles published on this device that include both multicenterprospective and retrospective studies.
  102. 102. There has not been any serious complicationsas a result of this procedure.
  103. 103. Even the inventorhas them in his feetand so does his wife and daughter.
  104. 104. Doesn’t it make sense?
  105. 105. Do your own research, look at thepeople around you, ask them what symptom(s) they have and take a look at their feet.
  106. 106. To learn more about this life-changing,problem solving procedure, please visit:
  107. 107.
  108. 108. Let’s refuseto just mask the symptoms.
  109. 109. Instead, let’s eliminatethe underlying problem.
  110. 110. Just think about all the cost savings.
  111. 111. Thank you for your time.