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Prevention is Name of Game in New Healthcare Paradigm (infographic)


Posted in Cardiovascular by Arundhati Parmar on March 28, 2014

Prevention is better than cure, and physicians can help to change chronic conditions statistics if they encourage patients to engage in healthy behavior.


As a new healthcare paradigm is being ushered in, where keeping people healthy brings rewards and reimbursement instead of simply treating them when they are sick, all eyes are on preventive care. 

The infographic below shows how the lack of preventive care has enacted a heavy toll on the U.S., and how physicians need to urge patients to engage in healthy behaviors.


 

 

-- By Arundhati Parmar, Senior Editor, MD+DI
arundhati.parmar@ubm.com

 

 


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Physicians Need to Use Their Influence in Other Ways Too

"Prevention is better than cure, and physicians can help to change chronic conditions statistics if they encourage patients to engage in healthy behavior."

Yes, prevention is way better than cure, and physicians also need to help change medical caregiver systems towards that end. There is a healthy discussion going on right now on LinkedIn talking about companies working on solutions for pressure ulcers that are getting no where with funding. It's the whole, messed up reimbursement system. Hospitals don't see prevention as a moneymaker, only treatment, unless forced into it.

It's a carrot-and-stick thing for everything. Until sanctions by the payors are created for rampant, medical problems like hospital-acquired infections, prevention systems will be relegated to the sidelines…and patients will continue to suffer. Physicians, join in the fray.