For the very first time I am beginning to like my health insurance carrier.
For a long time, Anthem has seemed like mostly a paper-pushing, bureaucratic organization–not unlike what many people consider the federal government. People often complain about what they say is government intrusion into health care. Frankly, that’s the way I felt about Anthem–a corporate version of how some see government. I resented having to jump through their hoops, and my doctor having to jumping through their hoops, to get the care I need.
But recently, Anthem announced a new program, Complex Care, which is making a difference in my health. It involves consultations with a nurse, and other professionals, to help me manage my own health. This is good for me, and it also is good for Anthem–reducing their costs by reducing the demand I put on the health care system.
My biggest health issue right now is losing weight. Indeed, weight control has been an uphill struggle most of my life, even as I know that losing weight would pay enormous dividends in my overall well-being.
So, in addition to periodic consultations with a nurse, I am working regularly with a dietitian. She helps me set realistic goals, and most importantly, provides useful, very concrete, guidance on how to eat more sensibly. This is already making a difference–better daily habits, smaller portions, a more balanced diet.
I have long had a spiritual director–a professional who helps me strengthen my spiritual life, who helps me connect better with the divine. Now I have a food director, someone who helps me strengthen my resolve and my skill in treating my body with the respect it deserves.
Note: Over the next few weeks, I am going to write more about this, because Complex Care is changing my life. And I believe it has ramifications for how we understand the need for health care changes in our nation and the world.