Universal health care ideas go as far back as Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt served from 1901-1909, which tells us that the idea is not a new one but one that has most definitely evolved over time. Over the course of this most recent election season, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presented their ideas to constituents on what to do about health care in our country, and now that President Obama has won another term in office, many wonder where that will put the issue.
Because it is important to educate yourself on issues at stake during any election, Michael Zdychnec, health care management program chair at the Minnesota School of Business – Brooklyn Center campus, took it upon himself to hold an event during the evening of October 23 titled, “A Community Conversation: Health Care – Clarifying the Confusion.” Approximately 50 individuals from the campus and the community joined in on the conversation that evening.
Zdychnec’s mission for speaking was threefold:
- to give a snapshot of reality of what we currently face in health care;
- to answer questions without any politics involved; and
- to encourage individuals to become more informed, more engaged, as well as a better advocate for themselves.
Zdychnec explained to the audience that everyone has an opinion on health care, but there are very few people who are actually informed about what goes on in the industry.
To keep the presentation interesting, he had several trivia questions throughout which kept the audience engaged. Several students interjected comments and opinions, while others asked several questions.
Zdychnec went over eight reasons as to why health care costs more today, and all of these reasons made a lot of sense to the audience. He described some pure facts in relation to this rising cost; a few examples were that the baby boomer generation is aging, people pay for the number of services received and not the value, and as a country we simply waste a lot. Many figures were astonishing and had the audience buzzing.
As Zdychnec drew his conversation to a close, he went over six key ways to become more involved in your own health care:
- Be involved much more and more frequently.
- Become your own health expense finance manager.
- Become your own legal health care manager by having a directive in place.
- Become a health care navigator and understand your benefits.
- Become your own health care information manager.
- Become your own personal and family wellness manager.
Many were very appreciative of the information that Zdychnec shared throughout the evening, and it truly helped individuals to understand the importance of being educated about an issue that will not go away. For more information on the health care management program at the Minnesota School of Business–Brooklyn Center campus, please call 763-566-7777.