How you can help improve health in county
All of us are concerned about rising health care costs. We’re quick to blame politicians—either Republicans or Democrats—for escalating costs. We can debate the merits of Obamacare, and whether or not it ultimately will be healthy for our fiscal future, to no end.
However, our nation’s new health care law played a role in fresh assessments that show Rock County residents are, collectively, anything but healthy. The law mandates that hospitals assess health needs every three years. This was the first time that the Rock County Health Department teamed up with the four hospitals in our county, as well as other agencies, on the surveys.
Reporter Gina Duwe detailed a committee’s key findings in Sunday’s Gazette.
The law also requires hospitals to develop strategies for dealing with identified issues. Rock County Health Officer Karen Cain says committee members will present their findings in communities and work with school districts and groups to reduce obesity and lack of exercise.
That might be a good step, but each of us can do something individually about our own health care and related costs, as well. We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.