Larry’s View

Larry’s view on any and everything.

Pet health care

Pets have been known to save a lot of people’s lives. Dogs aren’t the only ones who should be considered as man’s best friend. Cats, parrots, even lizards help save human lives – saving people from fires, finding missing persons, finding bombs and drugs, even providing therapy for those with mental disorders.

It’s only fair that, in return, we provide them with tender loving care and treat them as family. What better way to show that than to give them the best pet health care.

Pet health care starts with the basics: food, shelter, grooming, exercise and things to play with.

Different pets eat different food, and it also depends on their age. Cats, for example, do not exactly live off of milk. It does not provide them of the nutrition they need and must be fed with the right cat food. More exotic pets such as snakes, lizards and insects eat live animals such as chicken, mice and cockroaches.

Pets shouldn’t just live in a cardboard box or an empty terrarium. Dogs and cats should have beds and kennels they can run to when they want to rest and sleep. Birds cages should have a livable, spacious, and sturdy cage to keep predators out and your pets in. Terrariums and aquariums for fish and lizards should imitate their natural habitat. You don’t want to bore your scaly friends with a dull plastic cage.

Grooming is essential for pets to keep them clean and make them feel better. Dogs and cats need to be groomed regularly: their fur must be kept clean and free from parasites, their nails kept trimmed and clean, their teeth brushed, and the works. Birds need to have a birdbath so they can feel refreshed on a hot day.

Pets should have a plaything they could amuse themselves with and provided with exercise accessories to keep them fit. Dogs like to run around a lot, so it helps to play fetch with them once in a while. Cats scratch at anything, including your furniture, to sharpen their claws, so provide them with a scratch post. Birds like to get around a lot, so give them toys they can climb, perch and crawl on.

Aside from the basics, pet health care should include having insurance for them. It’s a little costly, but definitely worth it in case something happens to your beloved pet!

Caring for a pet takes a lot of dedication, hard work and patience. But it certainly pays off to have a little critter to cuddle or talk to every day.

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment

Discount healthcare

A rising benefit growing in the healthcare field is the discount healthcare and discount dental programs. Some of these plans have been successful at pre-negotiating discount rates with various providers between 10 and 40 %. As the doctors involved sign contracts for the discounted rates, the agreement is to pass the discounted services on to you as a discount healthcare member.
Who should look at a Discount Healthcare Program?

People who are on regular medicines, and or many different medicines should scrutinize the discount healthcare industry. The discount benefits here will help assure the best prices for the medicines, and can bill the excess to your insurance, should you have it.

If the primary or anyone in his or her home have a need for regular visits to the doctor, beyond that of the expected annual check up. This would mean that the household is spending money on the doctor visits, than they would be spending on the discount service annually.

If someone cannot obtain health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, or another obstacle. Because the discount healthcare companies negotiate a bulk use rate there is not need for healthcare screenings. This opens the programs up to who ever will benefit.

A self-employed person who needs to have some form of healthcare coverage would also find value in a discount healthcare program.

Each of those points assist in saving money for a family who would use the healthcare discounts. The discount healthcare programs also liberate the people who are self – employed disposed from their ‘regular’ job because the benefits are holding them there. There is a wealth of considerations involved with choosing any form of healthcare plan, and discount health care is not exception.

Some discount healthcare programs are prescription focused, so that needs to be a question when speaking with a representative. Also, make sure you have fully reviewed your healthcare costs for the last year, to assure you get a program that will cover the kinds of items you will need. Being that some discount healthcare programs are focused on various forms of dental care, it is not something that should be purchased by some one who needs discounts for hospitalizations. Stay informed about the program you choose in case available improvements are made, and new providers more convenient to your home or office chose to participate.

Be mindful of the fact that discount healthcare programs are not insurance, and could assist healthcare costs, but if your pharmacy or doctor has a balance, it is due with services rendered. Do your research carefully to assure yourself of complete understanding of the programs you are interested in.

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment

Health care marketing

Health care marketing is one of the ways that people know what more they can do to improve their health. Progressions in medicine and health care services are made known to the public through this method.

What is marketing and what does it do for people? In the broadest sense, marketing means distinguishing what consumers want, focusing a product to those wants, and being able to sell the product according to those wants. Marketing creates awareness for the products and services. If people do not know about a product or service, the business will fall apart.

In health care marketing, people are made to be aware of all medical breakthroughs and developments that will help make their lives better. Imagine if nobody knew about the cure for tuberculosis, or a way to make blind people see again.

A person’s health is a sensitive area in one’s life and, in marketing this area, should be considered with high importance. Ethics are highly needed in health care marketing, as many people are not too open about their conditions, or lack knowledge to be able to make educated choices. Disseminating information to potential clients mean being as close to reality as you can and being easy to understand.

Marketing, especially in health care, is an aggressive area. Hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers must aggressively endorse their services or they go out of business. The clients – the audience, the people, the patients – have their rights, as they must be able to greatly rely on the endorsed claims. With good reason, of course, because lives are at stake in this business.

In marketing health care, there are principles that need to be applied in the process. First, patients come first. Health care providers must ensure that their patients get high quality treatment if they are to make profit. Health care providers should build an accountable image, that their trust be earned by patients sincerely. Nobody wants to see a medical mishap in the newspaper in the morning. Secondly, accuracy and honesty should always be practiced. Just one lie on any medical claim can prove dangerous for the patient’s well-being. In addition, avoid advocating excessive, unnecessary services to patients.

Health care marketing is a sensitive process as a lot of factors are to be considered in making it work. Though many people might see it as inconsiderate commercialism, having people know more about the medical world can save lives today, and in the future.

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment

Home health care

There are many types of costs associated with health care. However all expenses of health care do not have to be necessarily incurred. The expenses of health care have been increasing on almost a daily basis and it has become almost impossible to meet the rising expenses associated with healthcare. This has made us look for other avenues wherein we can save on the healthcare costs associated with illnesses and other health hazards. One such way of saving on healthcare costs is developing in house care facilities or developing home health care facilities.

Hospitals can charge a hefty sum to provide what is commonly called home health care. In home health care facilities, the patient is made to feel at home. In the different types of health care facilities available home health care has been the most preferred health care facility available to the people. People have been availing of this policy in large numbers too. This is however the class of people whom we can call affluent people. These people can afford a personalized health care facility since they can afford to pay for the costs involved in the provision of these facilities.

Home health care is also another name given to the health care facilities provided as first aid on the happening of a certain event. The concept of long term health care insurance and home health care has been gaining good ground in recent times and has greatly evolved over the ages. This has led to a great rise in the costs involved with the different health care costs too. These health care costs have escalated to such an extent that they are now out of the reach of the common man and hence have almost been out of his affordability for a long time now.

A person has the choice of many health care facilities available and the choice of the best policy is a matter of personal choice of the person. The person should choose the policy based on the benefits and the costs involved with that policy. The home health care facilities provide effective health care at relatively cheaper rates and hence are quite a rage among people seeking medical relief fast. The home health care facilities provide a cost effective solution to almost all common problems associated with health and hence are used by everyone to their benefit. These facilities are hence getting more popularity by the day.

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment

Discount health care plan

When it comes to healthcare plans you can count on finding hundreds of them just online. Everyday we pass up flyers that talk about a discount healthcare plan but are they really what they say they are or are those discount healthcare plans really expensive? These days you do not know which healthcare plan to believe because nearly all of them say that they are cheap and at a discount price.

When you are looking at a discount healthcare plan you should always read the small print. A healthcare plan that is set at one-hundred sounds so tempting and so cheap! It just makes you want to jump right in and feel out all those papers that are needed to sign up with that health care plan, doesn’t it? Wait! You need to read the rest of that plan, such as: how much does each doctors visit cost? How much will prescription medication cost? Etc.

When you are looking for a healthcare plan a good healthcare plan should be one that pays $250.00 a month with $15.00 as a co-payment each time you visit your doctor. Then when it comes to purchasing that prescription medication from a drug store you should be looking at a price no more that $25.00 and that is for the expensive medication.

Keep in mind that when you sign up for discount healthcares plan you may have to re-enlist every year. During open enrollment (this is what it is called) you will have the chance to choose different types of healthcare service. At this time, if you are not satisfied with the healthcare plan you have then you should feel free to switch.

When you have a discount healthcare plan, remember it is you that pays the money, therefore you can change your doctor anytime you like. If you are not satisfied with a doctor that you have for whatever reason, then you can easily find a different one but you should always make sure that the doctor you choose is accepting the type of health insurance you have. If you do not already know, some doctors only type one type of healthcare whereas other doctors accept 10 different types of health insurance.

If you have a good healthcare plan then chances are they have a website. On this website you will be able to access your health insurance account and also look at all the doctors that are available for this type of health insurance. Some health insurance websites allow you to switch doctors within the site.

An ending thought for you: If your doctor has stepped out of lines and discriminated you in any way, shape or manner, then you can report this to your health insurance provider, if they are a good health insurance provider you can count on them doing something about it.

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment

National health care

Health care is a concern of all the nations of the world. According to all major surveys, a majority of the people do not, even today, have access to the basic health care facilities which they should be provided. The lack of basic health care facilities has been further aggravated by the number of health care issues that have come up and are continuing to come up over the periods of time. These issues may be related to health care, health care costs and other forms of health care. Whatever be the form of problem, the health care systems should ensure that a great solution to the problem of heath care is provided to one and all. It should be a concern of the governments of various countries to provide the basic health care facilities to till its citizens. Governments should play major roles in giving the benefits of all the health care systems to all its employees through the various national health care programs that it has to offer. In the course of the different national health care programs, a government should ensure that the benefits of all the different health care systems should flow to the last section of the society, the poor and the needy, which have a great need for the same. Only this can ensure effective use of the national health care programs and provision of the benefits to the people who need it the most.

Of all the major national health care programs in force, a majority focus on provision of basic health care to the people. Thus it is evident that a program of national health care is still in infancy stages and has not yet gone beyond the provision of basic health care facilities to the people. The provision of these facilities involves major costs. This is because these facilities have to be provided to all the population of the country and hence should be at a larger scale. The other advanced health care facilities need not be provided at such a large scale and hence do not entail these huge costs. However, costs in an advanced national health care program are escalated on the basis of the equipment to be used in providing these health care facilities to the people of the country. These facilities are the ones which are needed by a relative fe and hence the governments would do better to have a look and decide the population to which these facilities are to be provided before actually providing these facilities.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Health Care | Leave a comment