Traditionally when people think of healthcare, the first thing that comes to mind is treatment for a specific condition. Most people, for example, only visit their physician when they get sick or they are required to go. Even further, these same individuals take medicine only when they have to do so. As is often the case, treatment can be quite expensive.
Over the past few years, Preventive Medicine has become a primary focus in the healthcare ecosystem. Rather than the treatment of ailments or disease, preventive medicine focuses on the prevention of these conditions. The American College of Preventive Medicine defines it as focusing on "the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death."
Numerous studies have recently been conducted that show that preventive medicine is a more cost effective healthcare model than the traditional approach. In preventive medicine, the ultimate responsibility is up to the patient to take the necessary steps to stay or become healthy.
In this blog series, we will examine six focal points of Preventive Medicine:
Be sure to check back each day next week as we examine each of these focal points.