Very often, we confuse emergency care with healthcare. Healthcare simply means taking care of our health and healthcare management means managing our health with responsible decisions via lifestyle changes that promote good health and a reduced risk of lifestyle diseases. However, in modern terminology, the term health care is often confused with doctors and hospitals who are trained to save our lives when we reach a situation of a health emergency like an accident, an unexpected incident like a heart attack, the sudden onslaught of genetic cancers, autoimmune diseases or any infectious diseases. Most of our healthcare emergencies related to lifestyle diseases can be avoided via a healthcare management system that focuses on preventive health care and reduces the burden on the patient and the doctor. Hence, we need to step back and understand how we can institute a system to push patients to become responsible for their own bodies and minds and depend less and less on invasive medicine, thus reducing the pressure of hospitalisation, and the load on insurance companies for claims relating to lifestyle issues that can be avoided in the first place.
Which are the diseases that we can manage and reduce the burden of via educating patients? Listed below are some of the research data:
Type 2 Diabetes: As per 2013, 3.2 million in the UK were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 65 million in India, 110 million in China and 84 million in the USA. However, as per a 2017 research by Yale University, a low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in animal models. And a University of New Castle 2016 research showed that people who reversed their type 2 diabetes, managed to keep it reversed for 10 years after reversal. This reduces the burden on diabetologists, hospitals and doctors not just for diabetes management, but protects patients against complications like glaucoma, gangrene and kidney failure.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD): CVD Is the number 1 cause of deaths globally as per WHO data. In the UK alone, over 1.6 million men and over 1 million women are living with CHD. Overall CVD is estimated to cost the UK economy 19 billion – 46% direct healthcare costs, 34% productivity losses and 20% to informal care of people with CVD. However, as per a study published in Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre (LA BioMed) in 2016, even small changes like eating aged garlic can decrease the risk of CVD by reducing the accumulation of certain types of plaque in the arteries. Dr. Dean Ornish has built an entire practice covered by the biggest health insurance companies to prove that we do not need medical intervention to reverse heart disease, only lifestyle changes.
For both the above, I will be discussing solutions to educate management of patients diagnosed with the above diseases so that emergencies and medical overload for both diseases are reduced, as is the financial burden on the countries funding these healthcare costs.
Author: Rachna Chhachhi, India
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT
August 27-29, 2018
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