On Sunday, March 27th, at 5:30 p.m., WCBS-TV will be running their periodic American Health Front medical news program in which I will be featured along with 11 other health practitioners who will be discussing various health issues. In my portion of the short segment, I will be discussing the importance of prevention in periodontal disease in addition to all the current technology being employed.
I hope you will tune in and enjoy the short segment.
As always, your feedback will be appreciated.
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.
Dental Office of:
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D., PC
Westchester Center of Periodontal and Implant Excellence
141 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
As all of you are aware, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, the escalating cost of health care as well as health-care access represents a very significant and severe challenge to the economic viability of both American citizens and our different layers of government. A recent report on the costs of health care in Massachusetts since Romney-care was instituted, has shown a rapid rise in the cost per patient for treatment as well as a significant rise in health care premiums to the highest level in the United States. Increasing health-care access seemed to only drive up costs rather than the converse.
There is no doubt that we have developed better and more effective ways to treat illness. Unfortunately, we’ve made little or no progress with the far greater challenge of implementing and effectively preventing disease.
A recent estimate by a healthcare think tank estimates that 75% of health-care costs are incurred by illnesses that are preventable by lifestyle changes. The health institute explored the major causes and expenses incurred by various diseases that represent the majority of our healthcare expenditures:
Unless we deal with preventing rather than treating illnesses, health-care costs have the potential to bankrupt us at a local, State, and Federal level as well as making health-care costs unaffordable for many if not all of us.
Among the things we must focus on for preventing disease are:
It’s more than time that we begin to focus on individual responsibility for all of our health care issues in order to minimize the tragedy of illnesses that can be prevented. I have personally lost too many beautiful patients to remain silent on the issue of preventing disease.
Dr. Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.
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