Medical experts have stated their opinions on methods by which the American healthcare system can be fixed, and the delivery system enhanced to serve the populace better.
Here are some of the points that were discussed in detail:
i. Boost Better Health Activities – Remarkable advances were made in the last century, thanks to improvements in public health facilities such as nutritious food, non-toxic drinking water, vaccinations as well as the delivery of antibiotics for combating infectious diseases. These advancements have shown that there will be greater health developments that will be experienced in this century. But that relies heavily on the health practices of the general public. By this, we mean that people should be encouraged to exercise on a regular basis, submit themselves for annual medical checkups, reduce tobacco and alcohol intakes and get their children vaccinated on time. Following these routines will reduce health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
ii. A Better Understanding of Sex Differences – It appears that most of the tests conducted to determine or study health problems are usually centered on the male species. For instance, the blood enzyme test used in determining whether you have a heart attack or not is of the male model. This is the primary reason why more than twenty percent of heart attacks in women are overlooked. When the healthcare industry understands these subtle differences and how they affect the different sexes, adequate steps will be put in place to forestall future occurrences.
iii. Engage the Use of Health Data – The advent of technology today has significantly improved the way health data is analyzed and collated. This should make it easy for patients to readily gain access to their personal health information and be willing to share it with relevant healthcare personnel. But the fact that hospitals are busy monetizing the data of patients doesn’t help matters. Patients should have control over their personal health data at all times, thus allowing them to carry out relative shopping when it comes to healthcare services. This will help them to reduce costs of undergoing repeated tests, and bad things can be avoided since their health data is readily accessible. If it is possible to access all your financial records online, then it should be possible for people to have access to their health records as well.
iv. Primary Care – Prevention, they always say (and which is true, of course) is better than cure. Physicians who dedicate more time to primary care by maintaining the health of patients should be duly rewarded. In the United States nowadays, more attention is given to medical practitioners that make use of high-tech gadgets to take care of their patients. This makes patients to dole out several hundreds of dollars in medical bills. But doctors that prevent the occurrence of ailments help to reduce the costs of care while prolonging the life of such patients.
It is also vital for patients to be able to verify the doctor’s medical license at all times. This will give them the assurance that they are being taken care of by certified medical experts.