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OKMGMA: Understanding the Value of Healthcare
Published on by Linda Hollingsworth in Blog Posts, CS3 Technology

 

The February presentation by Dr. Stan Schwartz (WellOK) to the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Group Management Association was very timely for the season!
WellOK is a non-profit business coalition on health founded by Dr. Schwartz with the help of a number of preeminent large-business representatives based in Tulsa. Their mission: “To understand and improve the value of healthcare to employees and families… by focusing on the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.” The fact is, we spend more time searching and evaluating where to purchase a car or washing machine than we do making decisions about our own healthcare.

Highlights of this insightful presentation include –

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor… before you get any test, treatment or procedure:
1) Do I really need this test or procedure?
2) What are the risks and side effects?
3) Are there simpler, safer options?
4) What happens if I don’t do anything?
5) How much does it cost, and will my insurance pay for it?

It’s cold and flu season…Remember that antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses! Most respiratory infections like colds, flu, sore throats, chest colds and almost all sinus infections are caused by viruses… which can’t be cured by an antibiotic! Therefore, be aware that doctors should not routinely prescribe antibiotics for acute mild-to-moderate sinusitis unless symptoms last for seven or more days, or symptoms worsen after initial clinical improvement. Symptoms must include discolored nasal secretions and facial or dental tenderness when touched. Most sinusitis in the ambulatory setting is due to a viral infection that will resolve on its own. Despite consistent recommendations to the contrary, antibiotics are prescribed in more than 80 percent of outpatient visits for acute sinusitis. Sinusitis accounts for 16 million office visits and $5.8 billion in annual health care costs. (Cited from the American Academy of Family Physicians)

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