What is the Difference between Healthcare and Sick Care?

by drdave on September 14, 2010

Dr. Dave Goes to the Doctor

On the road to getting ‘Fitter by 40’, this week I stoppped by my general practitioner, Dr. Robert Gajdos, M.D. in Clifton.  Dr. Gajdos is part of  my Health Care Team.  I describe Health Care as the things you do in order to manifest health in your life. Regular check ups should be a part of your health care routine.  Our society is under the impression that  Health Care  is a system that  you enter only when you have become sick or injured.  This is a  misnomer that has created a  major contradiction.  This contradiction has  resulted in a large majority of  people only taking care of themselves when they are in crisis.

The Difference between Health Care and Sick Care

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This week, I visited my general practitioner in order to have my routine physical exam.  I am often confronted with practice members who believe that, since they passed their physical exam, that they are healthy.  The problem with this line of thinking is that a routine physical exam, although necessary, does not reveal if you are healthy.  It just lets you know if you are not sick.  There is a difference.

Would You Rather Be Healthy, or Just Not Sick?

Would you rather be healthy or just not sick?  Would your rather be Wealthy, or just not poor?  Would you rather be Pretty, or just not ugly?  I’ll ask you again, “Would you rather be Healthy, or Just not sick”?

The 3 Levels of the Health Care Hierarchy

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On page 96 of Dr. Eric Plaskers book The 100 Year Lifestyle, he describes the 3 levels of the Health Care Hierarchy.  They are as follows:

1.  Self Care:  What you must do for yourself to keep your mind, body, and spirit healthy and functioning at your highest level, which nobody can do for you.

2.  Health Care:  What you must do for yourself to keep your mind, body, and spirit healthy and functioning at your highest level – utilizing the skills of a trained health care professional.

3.  Crisis Care:  What you must do for yourself to recover from an injury or illness that requires the support of a crisis care health specialist.

What Can You Do Now For Your Health Care?

For more information on how you can have a voice and be part of an ongoing discussion on Health Care in America, I urge you to visit and be a part of Americans for Healthcareon Facebook.  I also hope you are considering taking the ‘Get Fitter’ challenge with me.  Click on the ‘Fitter by 40’ category on this blog, join our Facebook group and listen the re-broadcast of the Get Back in Shape for Fall interview by clicking ->here

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