Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) September 16, 2012
As the country continues to debate The Affordable Care Act, Life Skills Institute feels that the overlooked issue of patient participation needs to be an important part of the success of the program.
Life Skills Institute has been working for over 30 years with people in a health crisis. The Institute has released a 7-step report on how the patient can play an active role in The Affordable Care Act. When President Obama announced The Affordable Care Act, he said that this would require personal responsibility for each patient. Marc Lerner, the president of Life Skills Institute, said; “When doctors and patients work as partners, inner and outer resources become more effective in the healing process and lower medical expenses.”
The Affordable Care Act has focused on what the doctors would do in the healing process. Life Skills Institute believes that there are significant things a patient needs to do to make the doctor’s treatment more effective. Marc Lerner added; “The attitude a patient walks into the doctor’s office with determines the effectiveness of the doctor’s treatment. Unfortunately, most people do not have a way to control their attitude.” Controlling their attitude is a practical way for a patient to actively participate in the healing process.
The Institute teaches 7 steps to empower patient participation.
In 2010, the United States spent $2.6 trillion on medical expenses or almost $8700 per person. If empowering patients could save 1%, the US could save $160 billion annually. The US has a high recidivism rate, which means that patients return to the hospital too often. If we empowered patient participation, patients would not have to fall into old habits that often place them back into the hospital. Empowering patient participation would also prepare them for their next step, which could be getting a job or retiring. Preparing the patient to connect to inner resources puts them in control of their life so they are not victims.
The Affordable Care Act invites America to evolve and meet their health challenges consciously. Marc Lerner concluded; “Both the individual and America would benefit.”