Over the past two decades we have made tremendous strides and gains in woman's health care issues.
Early detection has saved thousands of women afflicted with breast or cervical cancer.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The younger you are when breast cancer strikes - the greater the chances that the cancer will be aggressive.
You do not have to have a relative with breast cancer to be striken with it.
Untreated breast cancer which spreads beyond the breast reduces the chance of survival to under 5 years.
The survival rate for breast and cervical cancer has greatly increased due to early screening and detection. A new vaccine was developed for many of the viruses linked to cervical cancer. It's a life saving vaccine. Cervical cancer appears to be directly linked in a majority of cases to sexual activity. There has been a huge education process to immunize young women who are sexually active.
Once viewed as the less equal of the species, we have fought the male dominated insurance and medical industry.
- We are now allowed to select a Doctor of our choice for our annual gynecological exams.
- We have successfully lobbied to make insurance companies pay for reconstruction after mastectomy.
- We are able to have breast reduction recognized as a health issue therefore having the procedure covered by insurance.
- We have benefited from the advances in infertility research allowing many to give birth who would have otherwise lived their lives barren.
In recent years cosmetic surgery, once only afforded by the Joan Rivers of the world have become more affordable for the average citizen. As the workforce including Real Estate has become more competitive, women and men are turning to procedures to keep their appearance fresh and salable. The average income of those seeking cosmetic procedures is between $30,000 and $90,000 per year. Not exactly the super rich.
Two major revelations concerning the health of women got national attention this week.
- Studies were released that recommend cutting back on preventative testing for both breast cancer and cervical cancer. Quickly the Obama administration rushed to stifle the reports and deny the new health care initiative would follow those guidelines.
- While the administration may be correct that those cut backs are not part of the current cost cutting plans - once the government has control of your health care you will be relegated to getting what they want to give you. What they promise today can be changed tomorrow.
Cosmetic procedures will be taxed. In the current version of the bill it is 5%. Bear in mind that devices and drugs will also be taxed. So it is not simply one tax but layers of tax forcing up the costs of procedures. We have reached a point where we can select to improve our appearance to keep a competitive edge or simply for our emotional well being. We are about to lose that choice.
Reproductive testing and procedures may be deemed unnecessary.
Those tests currently paid for by insurance carriers to detect infertility problems may become a thing of the past.
If early detection for killer diseases is considered unnecessary what panel will care whether you can get pregnant or not?
Many women support government run health care as the right thing to do for all Americans. Surely cost savings in order to pay for this will have to be found. Government panels will decide the minimum insurance you must carry. Government panels will also decide what that insurance will pay for.
Government panels will come between you and your Doctor.
If you currently have private health care through your employer or a spouses employer you feel insulated that your coverage will always be better and therefore these panels will not affect you. Take a closer look.
- Independent insurance companies are going to be taxed by the government. How will they stay competitive? Cut their services to be in line with the government recommendations.
- Employers will also be taxed. As they seek to control costs they will stop providing employer health care as a benefit. Employees will be forced over to the government insurance.
You want to see that those who are uninsured will be covered by affordable heath care. You want to make sure pre-existing conditions are not denied by insurance companies. You are willing to pay a higher cost yourself to see that all Americans have equal access.
ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY WITH YOUR LIFE?