BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The beginning of this new year turned out to be a favorable one as insurers relish on the mild flu season. The number of patients complaining of the seasonal disease had significantly diminished since last year.
This is the first time in five years that the flu affected so few Americans. In general, winter is the favorite season of the flu virus. The time that children, elderly people, and insurance companies fret the most. Only last year, insurers have gone through a very rough patch having to cover medical bills for a large number of patients that had the flu.
At the start of 2016 insurers relish on the mild flu season, as their earnings actually increased by an astonishing 5 percent. This might be due to the fact that the vaccines were developed with a strain of the H1N1 virus, the most common threat flu-wise.
The reason for this decrease in patients with the flu may also be the warm, soft winter. The temperature variations were low, snow was scarce, the favorable environment for the flu epidemic being absent.
But only insurers relish on the mild flu season. Hospitals aren’t that pleased because fewer patients automatically mean less money, emptier beads, and a bad trimester report. The fact that people have started to give up their insurance made under the Care Act for Affordable Patient Protection does not improve the hospital status, either.
One way of trying to determine whether or not this will actually be a mild flu season or just a rough start to an epidemic is monitoring the current situation of Australia. In the past, doctors have discovered that the flu epidemic on the distant continent has a very similar ratio compared to what usually happens in a few weeks in America. But this year may be different because the main culprit in Australia is the N1H1 virus. As earlier mentioned, Americans who got their yearly vaccine are already protected from it.
But, only insurers relish on the mild flu season? That should be the real question. What about all the possible patients, all the mothers that gave their children an extra glass of orange juice and an extra sweater in their backpack? Don’t Americans relish the fact that the number of sick people has diminished considerable?
All in all, it was a warm, kind winter and the beginning of the year came with good news for the insurance companies and the American people as well.
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