Medicare Provision Helps Boomers Stay Well
By Judy Kirkwood
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Ben Franklin noted long ago, shouldn’t our health system reward and emphasize prevention rather than the cure?
In fact, just a few days ago the Obama administration hired a PR firm to conduct a public education campaign about the utilization of preventive benefits and services included in the Affordable Care Act.
A prevention model of healthcare is something Florida physician Dr. Steven Charlap has dreamed about for a long time. A few years ago, after selling a company called HealthDrive that he had established to provide onsite medical services at extended care facilities, Dr. Charlap discovered that for the first time Medicare would begin reimbursing doctors for disease prevention.
After immersing himself in preventive medicine studies and consulting experts, Dr. Charlap founded the MDPrevent center in Delray Beach. He hopes his concept will spread across the nation. MDPrevent offers the analysis, education, and tools to change and extend people’s lives, plus cooking classes, the LEAN (Lifestyle Education and Nutrition) weight loss program for all ages, exercise classes, and counseling.
“I started MD Prevent to change the world,” says Dr. Charlap. “If we start living a healthy lifestyle at any age, it will positively impact our health and longevity.” He brushes aside arguments about people living too long and costing the government too much by pointing out that preventive care results in people living longer because they have fewer health problems, not more health problems. Offering preventive care for life extension is not the same as prolonging life when someone is already dying.