Hello! My name is Rob and I’m one of the people who will be contributing to this blog. As you know, health care and health insurance are among the top concerns for Wisconsin individuals and families, and many residents are eager for information and guidance.
Preventive health care—including annual physical exams, screenings, and immunizations—is essential to good health. It’s especially important when you consider that chronic disease, which is responsible for seven of 10 deaths among Americans each year and accounts for 75% of the country’s health care spending, is often preventable.
According to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans spent more than $249 billion in 2009 on prescription medication. In 2010, the use of generics approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saved $158 billion, according to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.
Whether you see your doctor once a year for an annual checkup or more often to manage a chronic condition, it’s important to make the most of every visit. By partnering with your doctor and being proactive about your health, you can feel more informed, more confident about your health care decisions, and more satisfied with the care you receive.