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Prediction: “Worry-itis” and its close cousin, anxiety, will become the top medical condition of 2017

Source | LinkedIn : By Julie Kliger

Do You Have “Worry-itis?”

Since the presidential election have you been feeling stressed and anxious? Have you been experiencing headaches, back pain, irritability, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, and depression? Are you starting to wonder what will happen to your health care coverage and insurance plan?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then you’ve got “Worry-itis,” which I predict will become the most commonly diagnosed condition in 2017.

What is “Worry-itis?”

Worry-itis, like its close cousin anxiety, is what you “catch” when you feel out of control about your future and there are no answers in sight.

And even though Worry-itis is a condition I’ve made up, stress and the problems associated with it are entirely real. Already the American Psychological Association reports that more than half of Americans are experiencing significant stress since the election.

Even “The Experts” Don’t Know What Will Happen To Health Care

Many Americans are asking ‘What will become of my healthcare?’ And while there are lots of concrete questions, there are not many great answers:

·        My daughter has leukemia (or asthma or bipolar disease, or fill in the blank). Will she still be covered under my plan?Who knows, it’s hard to say.

·       I’m on a fixed income. Will my medications cost more? Hard to know although we expect prescription drug prices will rise by at least 10%.

·        What will happen to contraceptive and family planning services? No one knows, but some predict you might need to get your care in another state.

·        What will happen to health insurance prices? That is a great question, again who knows but expect it to go up in price with less coverage.

·        I run a hospital. Will I be providing more uncompensated care? Well, policy and think tank organizations like Rand Corp, Center for Health and Economy, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Congressional Budget Office are expecting between 18-30 million people will become uninsured and will lose their coverage if the ACA is repealed.

 The Future of “DIY” for Health Care

Since Worry-itis stems from uncertainty, the “cure” is to make the future more predictable.

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