The current healthcare system and the changing medical, political, and financial landscape surrounding it affect hundreds of millions of people every year. It’s no wonder that healthcare reform and the demand for alternatives to the fee-for-service model are a permanent fixture in the news.

In our top 5 blogs of the year so far, we’ve covered some fascinating topics in healthcare. Here they are, in ascending order:

Vera Blog 9.11 Lies@2x#5: Healthcare Lie 2: Access Drives Overuse

In this second installment of the series, 7 Lies We’ve Told Ourselves That Prevent Us From Fixing Healthcare, we discuss misconceptions about what’s driving our system’s flaws. One lie many believe is that unfettered access to healthcare means that patients may overuse (and abuse) services, leading to increased costs and system inefficiency. In this blog, we tell you why that’s completely wrong and how a comprehensive care plan inside of a fixed-cost environment actually leads to reduced expense and healthier patients.

Vera Blog 9.11 Mental Health@2x#4: Making Time For Mental Health: Q&A With Lisa Baker, D.O.

According to Dr. Lisa Baker, mental health issues like depression and anxiety are extremely common, affecting approximately 9.7% of US adults per year. The good news is that there are many things you can do to improve your mental health. Learn more about the importance of mental health, symptoms of poor mental health, and how a provider or health coach can help you find ways to cope and thrive.

Vera Blog 9.11 Simple Food@2x#3: For Better Health, Simplify Your Food Choices

Instilling healthier eating habits can be hard, especially with so many options to choose from. One way to make the decision easier is to pick natural, nourishing foods (like fresh fruit or eggs) over convenient, but overly processed snack items. In this blog, Vera’s Rhonda Ravani, ARNP, provides a few quick and simple tips to making better food choices.

Vera Blog 9.11 Kiro Radio@2x#2: Jim Lopez, Kirkland Asst. City Manager Talks To KIRO Radio

We’ve helped many organizations of all sizes improve employee health and save money on healthcare costs. One of our favorite client success stories comes from the City of Kirkland. By putting our advanced primary care model at the center of their employee health strategy, they saved 42% on healthcare costs in the first year alone.

And finally:

Vera Blog 9.11 Sick Care@2x#1: New eBook: Sick Care Is Doomed To Failure

In the current sick-care system, it’s estimated that approximately 70% of healthcare-related costs are attributed to lifestyle factors, like smoking and obesity (according to the National Association of Health Underwriters). The key to mitigating these factors and building healthier habits lies in behavior change. Find out how Vera providers and Vera Whole Health coaches use empathetic listening and the transtheoretical model to help patients take ownership of their health and improve outcomes.

We hope you enjoy these posts and look forward to bringing you more great health content in the coming year.

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