August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it’s the perfect time to raise questions about our healthcare bill. As we all know, the Affordable Care Act has helped many Americans, insured and uninsured, find quality healthcare for their families. Trump’s unsuccessful attempt and lack to devise a better healthcare plan that will benefit low-income and wealthy Americans leaves the U.S. at a halt and concerned about the fate of their insurance premiums.
No matter what the government decides to do with the Affordable Care Act, primary care will always be at the top of conversation. According to CDC, 83 percent of adults contacted their healthcare professional in the past year with 68 percent visiting their doctor in six months or less since their last visit. As we all know, primary care helps prevent diseases and promote healthy behaviors. This month, we think about living a healthy life to prevent disease by getting the scheduled immunizations and proper care by your local hospital or caregiver.
According to health experts, over 50,000 adults die from vaccine preventable diseases a year, superseding diseases such as HIV, traffic accidents and breast cancer conditions. Thousands of patients are put in the hospital every year for serious health conditions that could have been prevented if they took their scheduled vaccinations.
An article published with Fox News, explained just how neglectful we are when getting our vaccinations. 14. 2 percent of adults received a Tdap shot in 2014, which protects against whooping cough and tetanus, and a little more than half of the adults were up-to-date. Hepatitis A fell short in vaccinations with 12 percent of adults receiving the immunization.
With the constant changes to our healthcare system, there will be a high demand for more nurses. Educational institutions such as Multicare are creating career camps for high school students to encourage more students to get into nursing careers. An increase in medical services are also needed to take care of patients, such as the increased need for patient transportation and care facilities partnering with private companies like Uber.
Listening to other’s stories, seeking the proper medical attention for our families and understanding how the healthcare bill will affect lives in the future will make for a more informed citizen and could save thousands of lives. Spread the word and save someone.
Managing Editor of The #MakeHealthPrimary Journal