I have spent some time in the past year as a patient in the world of healthcare. It is not a fun place to be. Every time I step my toe into that world of appointments, insurance, new doctors, old doctors, and costs, I come away thinking about how the hell do we fix this mess?
I am not espousing anything that we all know. We depend on the system because we have to. I spent the last year trying to figure out something. Four doctors in I finally found one that actually peeked under the hood. She set me on the right path. I was so grateful which she appreciated but she stressed that she was just doing her job. Nobody else did their job. Why? Time is money, they didn’t know or didn’t care, they weren’t honest enough to say this is not an area I am expert in but this person is? Who knows the answer but between Dr. Google and a good doctor, I figured it out. Why should it be like that?
Why aren’t insurance companies proactive instead of defensive? What is everyone had to have an annual physical, and a battery of different tests as they got older, different pokes and prods based on your age and gender.
Data is pointing to more people dying of diabetes, heart disease and opiates. Wouldn’t it make sense that insurance companies would look at an individual and make a recommendation such as twice a year physical, needs to see a social worker or therapist for mental health issues, needs to see a dietician or nutritionist and in this case one that can help with the entire family, needs to exercise and should connect with the local gym and the right trainer to start on the correct path. Each person needs different guidance and health administration. This might seem expensive but not as expensive as getting a massive heart attack at 56 or 63 and staying in the hospital for weeks on end, paying for constant care and meds, and that doesn’t even count the cost to the long tail of not being able to work or care that is left for the family.
Is any insurance company looking into this? The good news is we are seeing more start-ups addressing each of these situations from the ground up with telecare through states that are trying to address these overwhelming issues in communities of need. The cost hits all of us and everyone deserves pro-active healthcare.
We should all be able to choose our own healthcare but we all must have healthcare that is thinking in new directions.