The current political climate and uncertainty about health reform is, itself, creating health problems. The following excerpt from a MedScape article, is very good and I’ve excerpted it here:
“Poll results released here at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2017 showed that two thirds of Americans reported that they were somewhat or extremely anxious about their own health and safety as well as those of their families, and more than one third reported being more anxious overall now compared to 2016.
“Our poll findings show that health and safety are primary concerns for most Americans, and even more so for people of color and for millennials,” APA President Maria A. Oquendo, MD, PhD, said in a statement.
“Having access to quality affordable health and mental health care is important for all Americans,” she added.
Fifty-one percent of respondents said they were anxious about the impact of politics on their daily life; 49% said the political climate was not a concern.
Anxiety is hitting Democrats harder, with 62% saying they are somewhat or extremely anxious about politics compared to 44% of Republicans.
Rising anxiety levels are not surprising, especially given the fact that anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric condition in the United States, said Harsh Trivedi, MD, CEO of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, Maryland.
“With the amount of change that is happening across the world, but also within our political system, as well as with healthcare reform, it’s understandable that people are getting more anxious about what that will mean for their health coverage, but also what they may be experiencing in their lives,” Dr Trivedi, who is also chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Health Care Systems and Finance Committee, told Medscape Medical News.
The poll also showed that men and women were equally anxious and that blacks and Hispanics reported higher levels of anxiety than whites. Only 15% of whites reported being extremely anxious about their health, compared to 38% of blacks and 31% of Hispanics.
Those receiving Medicaid were more anxious than those with private health insurance. Among poll participants, 52% had insurance through an employer or union, 10% had private insurance they bought themselves, 7% had private insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, 22% had Medicare, and 12% had Medicaid.
Overall, 30% of those polled said they were more anxious in general than last year; 40% said their level of anxiety was the same. Forty-one percent of millennials were more anxious, compared to 32% of baby boomers.”