Preventive Health Care: The Way of the Future (Part 1)

Richard A. Kimball, Jr.
Richard A. Kimball, Jr.

Ours is a society whose definition of healthcare is too focused on the treatment of diseases for humanity’s good. But as the more progressive of our medical practitioners have been making us understand, preventive healthcare is the way of the future.

Preventive healthcare refers to measures that are taken to reduce one’s susceptibility to diseases. It is based on the conceptualization of the human body as both the product of nurture and nature; while genetics have great influence in terms of one’s physical makeup, so too does one’s lifestyle.

A preventive approach to healthcare particularly looks at how much of today’s diseases can be attributable to the environment and common habits and choices, making these factors be essentially preventable. In the United States, for example, one study conducted revealed that the leading causes of death, including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, were actually the results of preventable factors.

Indeed, how many of our diseases are the results of such behaviors as smoking, substance abuse, poor diet, and lack of exercise? Along with stressful jobs, fast-paced city life, pollution, and exposure to acts of violence, it is not difficult to understand how these behaviors compound people’s vulnerability to diseases.

A paradigm shift should take place if we are to save people’s lives from such diseases. If the stakeholders in the healthcare industry act on this need, we will witness benefits at the individual as well as societal levels: people will save on very costly treatments once they have been diagnosed with the illness. Public and private health facilities can dedicate their resources – including health service providers – to more people. The government can realign budgets for curative health efforts and use these monies instead  for other matters of concern. In the end, a preventive approach to healthcare creates a society with an improved quality of life, as well as a happy and productive workforce.

Evidently, efforts to realize this vision must come from all sectors: healthcare, business, government, and private stakeholders. Individuals, too, should be actively involved: each person should adopt a mindset that is keen on making choices that are good for one’s health. Governments should invest in the facilities and other resources to enable the paradigm shift in the healthcare sector. Finally, the private sector should adhere to public standards on health and promotion in products and services.

In the next blog post, I will talk in greater detail regarding what it takes to successfully develop a healthcare system that leans towards preventive medicine, to make sure that you keep visiting our blog!

You can also check out this article, by yours truly Richard A. Kimball, Jr. from WashingtonPost.com about healthcare in America has started to change for the better.

5 Responses

  • Zimmer

    Thanks for this information. This should be a big help for us to maintain good health especially in our children. Also, this is a reminder to mothers who are always on the lookout for the health of the members of the family.

  • Shaun

    Prevention is really better than cure. The accessibility of preventive healthcare can work to our advantage. All we have to do is practice cleanliness, read about certain health risks and being informed at all times.

  • Joly

    So many people look for cures more than prevention these days. We wouldn’t need cures if we took preventative measures! This is a great read – very informative and educational.

  • Jenny

    Shaun, you are definitely right. and Kimball is also right. Prevention is key here. Why spend thousands on a cure when you can prevent it for much cheaper? When you say that we just need to practice cleanliness and read about health risks – do you have any more suggestions? A list perhaps.

  • Amity

    If we don’t start taking preventative health measure we will become more unhealthy. So many people think they can get better just by going to the doctor, but this isn’t always the case. Rick Kimball’s TeleHealth is going to change this. I recommend this: http://electronichealthreporter.com/selected-faqs-about-telehealth/#mor.e-6413

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