Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Preventative" MaineCare?

I understand that Maine Care covers gastric bypass surgery. No doubt a gastric bypass can be a lifesaver, but way too often only a temporary fix. The weight is often regained, occasionally with extra pounds.

If Maine Care is willing to fund this expensive surgery, why is it almost impossible for a Maine Care recipient to receive funding for an exercise program or healthy living education? It seems to me that funding lifestyle changes would more often lead to a successful weight loss. Also, the one who is getting in shape is acquiring knowledge and skills that will help them keep the weight off, gain self esteem, and hopefully pass on these skills to family members.

Education is what it is all about! Remember the old adage that "if you give a starving person a fish, he/she will eat for a day, but if you teach him/her how to fish, they will never go hungry." Let's teach our citizens how to take care of themselves and fund that education.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This make good sense, it may also make good politics. Grateful, healthy Mainers would be a good voting block for either party responsible for pushing such an initiative. But, very important...we need to STOP PAYING FOR THIS SURGERY first! I hear that $25,000 for the surgery is just the beginning. Maine taxpayers must also shell out thousands for pre and post-surgery....only to have the MaineCare beneficiary gain the weight back. Absolutely no cost or consequence for the MaineCare patient, only a well fostered sense of entitlement.

Anonymous said...

What an idiot! To get the surgery you must have one of the few things that would qualify you. These conditions are cured with weight loss! So basically saving their lives, and more important to you, with out having diabetes, sleep apnea,high blood pressure/colesterol, ect., they will no longer need the very expensive supplies for these ailments, thus in a short time saving You money. It does sound like a lot of money, but the price of being morbidly obese is far far more expensive.

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