With the vast and increasing number of diseases prevalent in America today, it is but essential for people to take a step back and look at the greater picture. Health has always been a priority of people, but what if the cost of health care is far greater than the cost of keeping our lives?
Americans with chronic conditions accounted for seventy eight percent of total health care expenditures, thus conclusive of the fact that people with chronic conditions use more health care services. These services are translated into hospital or institutional care, doctors, therapist, and medication. What better way of dealing with the increasing cost of healthcare than avoiding it?
The answer is possible but highly unlikely. Disease has a corollary impact with lifestyle, and it is this lifestyle that brings about the increasing cost of addressing health issues. Disease can afflict almost all people. It is but a question of how severe it can get before having been attended to.
I believe that the best way of avoiding the enormous cost of hospitalization and healthcare, is by preventing it, but this is by the far, the most ideal thing to say – an apple a day keeps the doctor away, because the lifestyle we lead tends to bring us back to our body. By anticipating the outcome, we can more or less predict what can happen to us, ten or twenty years down the road.
Thus the approach of disease program management that identifies population at risk, creating demographics and enrolling prospect for management program through the careful identifications of the risk factors is ideal in plotting out the very first step of reducing health care cost.
If those patients can not identify themselves as potential risk even if they already manifest the early signs of chronic disease, then there is the evidence-based practice where health care personnel go out of their way to educate people on what to look after, for signs and symptoms and best of all, the proper way of managing their disease.
This is the best and most economical way of preventing future health care expenditure, because this creates an early awareness of medical conditions that may worsen with out treatment. At the same time, this also promotes patient autonomy because it is giving them a sense of control over their illness, whether chronic or acute, and giving them a chance to prepare for possible outcome.
Disease management is an ideal way of reducing healthcare cost, because you are enlisting the care of various disciplines in science, as it possesses collaborative methods of management, thus keeping the patient constant check and feedback method.
If you could only pick three operating methods to monitor in a health plan, which three would you pick and why?
The three operating methods I would choose are: Collaborative practice models, patient self management education model and the process and outcome measurements, because these three methods target all the essential aspect of keeping sure that the patient is neither regressing or in a worsening condition.
These models constantly keep the goal of health and wellness in check as well as measure the effectiveness of the implemented programs. It also ensures a holistic approach of managing disease making sure that the aspect of mind body and soul are incorporated into keeping the patient free from the dangers of complications.
Early detections of signs and symptoms, including the do’ s and don’ts allows for patient participation thus giving health providers a better grasp at what is going on.
Healthcare providers can not speak for the patient when it comes to detecting illness, for they can only speculate base upon information provided by the patient along with expensive battery of testing methods, therefore to ensure that cost is kept at a reasonable level, patient’s needs to know the areas of significance, to be able to report and feedback essential information for proper treatment.
Center for an Aging Society. (2004). Disease Management Programs: Improving health while reducing the cost. George Town University, issue brief No. 4. Retrieved online on October 1, 2007 from : http://hpi.georgetown.edu/agingsociety/pubhtml/management/management.html.