Taking Control of Your Healthcare

My roommate is a nursing major, and she keeps telling me I need to take better care of my health. I don’t want to admit she’s right, but, well, she’s right. But the thing is, I went to the same doctor from the time I was born until I moved to campus. Obviously, I can’t do that anymore. My parents say I’m still on their health insurance, but where do I find a good doctor in my current town? I could use a little expert advice because right now, I’m feeling so overwhelmed that I don’t even know where to start.

Delay Decay, Forever

I recently went home to Edmonton, Canada, to visit family for the holidays. My older sister and brother-in-law had their toddler with them, which really enlivened the mood. Still being in college myself means I’m nowhere near ready to have kids or even consider them yet. My sister admitted openly that children change things radically, which is no surprise, although I’m sure the real thing is far more intense.

During my stay, we had a number of discussions about proper healthcare for children. It’s something I took for granted because I have no memory of my own earliest years and never bothered to ask my parents about them, at least in the context of my health. I was surprised to learn that affordable healthcare isn’t necessarily guaranteed for kids and many suffer from preventable conditions. Is that a widespread thing?

High Hospital Bills

I was recently involved in an accident that landed me in the hospital. I’m happy to report that I’m okay now! The care that I received was really top-notch, and I’m very lucky to be doing so well. But I have to say, great care didn’t come cheap: my hospital bills were very, very high. Why is it that healthcare is so expensive? Is there any way to make it cheaper? I know how important it is to have health insurance, and I have it, but my policy didn’t exactly make my hospital stay affordable – it was still really pricey. Can the experts weigh in on this?