Years ago it used to be that if you had a heart attack your chances for survival were poor. Since the 1940’s survival rates have changed dramatically thanks to new treatments and drug innovations. Medical insurance has played a big role in the survival rates also.
In the 1940’s the screenings that are available today were not available then. In the fifties the types of Medical Insurance people had was also very limited. Babies and little kids got whatever immunizations were available and maybe saw a pediatrician once a year after they were done with the shots. Medical Insurance plans did not provide for doctor copays. If you absolutely had to see a doctor you paid for that visit before you left. People had major Medical Insurance for hospitalization only. Medical Insurance in the forties also had much smaller amounts of money they would pay. Nothing like the unlimited coverage Medical Insurance policies are required to carry today.
In the 1950’s the world of health care changed forever. Medical Insurance had to adapt to the changes. In the fifties the first human aorta transplant happened, the discovery of Hepatitis A, and the manufacturing of the world’s first wonder drug drug, Penicillin. The average American income it the fifties was $3400 per year and Medical Insurance premiums had to be relevant to income despite all the advancements. In 1952 research started to combat cardiovascular failures. A heart-lung machine was used on failing hearts, electric shock was successful to revive a patient who had had a heart attack, and an artificial heart valve was first inserted into a human heart in the 1950’s. You can see why Medical Insurance had to increase their coverage levels to accommodate medical advances. In 1953 Dr. Jonas Salk was successful with the first Polio vaccination for both humans and monkeys. The first open heart surgery was performed in 1954 and in 1956 the first kidney dialysis machine was used successfully to clean blood. These are a few of the highlights of the medical advancements of the 1950’s. To learn more, please visit the web site Ethnobotanical World.
So how does a Mediterranean diet factor into all of this? People rarely die from heart attacks anymore. There is so much technology, both from medicines and different surgeries that human life spans have gone from the average of about 61 for males in 1950 to 74 in 1997. While we are living longer, we want that extended time to be as enjoyable and healthy as possible. And so do our doctors and Medical Insurance carriers. A Mediterranean can help you to do that. From mayoclinic.com: “a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Salute.