Wednesday, April 25. 2012
While many Americans feel that the Medicare program may need to be reformed, a large portion of these people don't want to foot the bill, according to Harris Interactive and HealthDay.
More than 80 percent of consumers think that Medicare needs reforms in order for it to continue to be reasonable. Furthermore, 51 percent think that drastic changes are needed to the program. However, 53 percent don't want higher taxes and 60 percent are against direct contributions to lower costs.
"There's a clear majority who think there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but [people also believe] if the changes are going to cost me money in terms of higher co-pays, higher deductibles or higher taxes, no thank you," said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll.
If a consumer feels they are financially-strapped due to excess Medicare payments or high taxes, it may benefit them to look for a private healthcare plan. There may be several affordable health insurance rates available, and all a person needs to do is compare health insurance quotes.
With close to one-third of American children dealing with weight problems, many parents are not prioritizing this issue, according to the YMCA of the USA.
The organization's Family Health Snapshot found that 21 percent of parents note their child's physical health as a top priority, which was low, but on par with the 20 percent who prioritized education. In addition, 40 percent of parents said they could encourage their children to take part in more physical activity.
"Summer weight gain and summer learning loss often go unnoticed, but they impact many of today's youth," said Dr. Matt Longjohn, senior director of chronic disease prevention for Y-USA. "Some studies have shown that children's BMI increases nearly twice as fast during the summer than during the school year."
Parents who are concerned about their children's weight issues may want to consult their family physician. If the person does not have a health insurance policy, it may benefit them to compare health insurance quotes online to find a plan that is right for everyone.