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Friday, July 1, 2011: Get healthy and save money, CT scan context

Posted June 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

Get healthy, save money

When Americans act as if health is as integral a part of wealth as money is, we will have universal health care.

The skeptic wiping corn dog juice from his chin quips, “It’s my damn right to do as I want, and this is America!” Here is an argument saying this is a matter of responsibility.

First off, I eat corn dogs, McDonalds and have a keen understanding of moderation in a healthy lifestyle. Health is fairly nuanced and by proposing that people have a societal accountability to health, I mean that they should get help and understanding on the topic. However, to reiterate, people have a responsibility to be healthy.

Why? One of the best arguments is “click it or ticket.” We have the seat belt law because seat belts stop a lot of injuries. You don’t owe it to yourself to wear a belt, you owe it to the child who gets hurt at the same time.

Not that good health can prevent a car crash, but it can prevent diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and other issues. This would drive down the cost of health care, because people would not need as much of it. The snowball effect leads to cheaper health care for healthier people.

Wake up Maine from the nightmare you are sleeping through; go out and be active!

Brendan Dagan

Bangor

CT scan context

I would like to offer clarification and context to the editorial in the Bangor Daily News (“Overuse of CT scans wasteful and harmful,” June 22) regarding CT scanning. The editorial cited a New York Times statistical analysis of hospitals’ practice of performing two types of chest CT scans on the same day.

In the matter regarding the double chest CT scans, MDI Hospital’s practice has and continues to call for the most effective procedures as determined by a collaborative process between a patient’s medical imaging and prescribing physicians. As guidelines evolved, the number of patients who received both forms of scans on the same day declined significantly from the reported figures. In 2009, patients receiving both forms of scans on the same day was 8 percent and in 2010 the volume fell to just 2 percent.

Our team of physicians and technicians are acutely aware of cost and exposure concerns that surround CT scanning and remain vigilant to assure every patient receives the diagnostics that best suit his or her care.

Art Blank

President and CEO

Mount Desert Island Hospital

 

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