Monday, March 23, 2015

HealthCare: Right or Privilege?

There is much discussion these days about Healthcare as a right as opposed to a privilege for those able to afford the increasingly expensive treatments and diagnostics. The debate focuses on the difference between rights and privilege but seldom goes to the deeper question of what does Healthcare actually mean.  Does it just mean you have a right to see a doctor if you think you need medical attention -75% or more of physician visits have no pathologies – or does it mean you don’t have to pay for being in a hospital (or at least not enough to break the bank), or does it mean you have a safety net to avoid catastrophic debt when catastrophic illness find you, or does it mean none of that?

The preamble to the constitution of the World Health Organization states “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Building upon that definition, at the Neuro Vitality Center we define Healthcare as the support necessary to allow you to lead a full and vital life no matter the illness, affliction or station in life you occupy.  We want to ensure that even though you or a family member suffers from a disability or a long term disorder, that there is a place where you can go to be with others who can help you to regain confidence and help you to regain the pleasure your life can bring.  We believe it is your right to be as well as you can possibly be and we will continue to fight for that.

This center will continue its commitment to providing services for long term care to those who suffer from chronic neurological problems. Statistics indicate 75% of seniors suffer from one or more chronic diseases. As the population ages, this creates a tsunami of need for help that is currently unfunded and unavailable.  While fighting for change and for help for this at risk population, we will continue to provide a model of care that is proven effective and will welcome people for all walks of life. Healthcare does not end as the Doctor’s door closes nor does it end upon a hospital discharge. Healthcare must encompass a total life time of care and continued attention. Join us with your support and your advocacy.