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Easy Steps Towards Preventative Healthcare


Preventative healthcare is far cheaper than our current remedial approach. Yet we are not really creating policies to create a more preventative model of the NHS.

Our approach of moving towards a more preventative healthcare system is to provide more education so that we all know what to look for. Has nobody noticed that very few people are medically trained and those that are, are doctors, nurses etc. i.e. the people we need to go see when there is something potentially wrong with us. Expecting us to be some mini-GP is quite frankly ludicrous.

That coupled with the fact that most people even when they notice something tend to have their default set to, “its probably nothing serious” or “I won’t ever be seriously ill” so they don’t go to the medically trained people they need.

In order to move to a cheaper more preventative healthcare system, lets take a lesson from car manufacturers.

Car manufacturers manage to get car owners into the back of dealerships for regular automobile maintenance. How?

They bundle all the maintenance checks into easy to manage schedules e.g. car needs maintenance every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Is there therefore a way to bundle all healthcare checks in an easy and predictable manner?

The next problem with moving towards a more preventative healthcare system is people not turning up to their appointments.

Why?

Procrastination.

How do you solve procrastination?

Provide a parental voice.

How do you provide a parental voice in the NHS?

Ask for a deposit.

Easy.

This isn’t medical science.

Obviously above our politician’s heads though.

 

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  1. Chris
    December 6, 2011 at 20:53

    What on earth do you mean, “our current remedial approach”? Have you tried getting medial treatment recently? Go to the Doctor and they’ll ignore what’s wrong with you and do something on their list, whether you want it or not. The NHS should be about what the patient needs, not what the system needs. The patient needs treating for what’s wrong with them.

    • December 6, 2011 at 22:09

      By our current remedial approach, i mean where we patients turn up on the Doctor’s doorstep with a medical problem and they try to find the cure.
      Yes, I have used the NHS recently. I injured a muscle in my knee a year ago and it took a year for the NHS both in Scotland and England to diagnose it. For a year, the NHS told me it was ligament. I knew it wasn’t, pain would be there and then i would move it or “jiggle” it about and the pain would go away eventually. The NHS didn’t listen.
      The problem is that situation very much needed a remedial approach. Other than not slipping on the tennis court, there was no way to prevent that injury.

  2. December 14, 2011 at 07:34

    I also support Chris that the system should be focused on providing best treatment to the patients.But the scenario is quite different.Clinicians wants to fit the patients among different systems.

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