... long waiting lists, high costs and a limited budget causing a strain on our society.
Could a better Prevention System, better healthcare information, education and attitude, be the answer?
With the enormous advances in Science, Technology and Medicine, our Health System, within the next 10 years, will be seeing some dramatic changes.
Even so, this article is discussing prevention and the possibilities for a greater role of Naturopathy, it will also discuss conventional medicine and possible savings in our budget restrained Health System.
We have to reflect for a moment on our present Health System and it's possible short comings to understand the paradigm shift how Prevention and Naturopathy may be seen in the future.
Our Medical Health System is under severe budget threat. It may not be sustainable for much longer ... just locking at the statistics, a bleak future may be ahead if no serious changes are made.
Our population is getting older, and our health conditions are becoming more serious. Chronic and Lifestyle Diseases are at an all time high.
We may be living longer, but we are certainly not getting any healthier.
Who is going to pay for the ever increasing health cost?
Time to concentrate on a Preventative - Restorative and Regenerative Health Care System.
Doctors "DO NOT" practice "Prevention", instead, we have a disease management system, NOT a Health Care System.
We will continue to have an ever-more expensive disease care, until we prioritise Prevention.
Doctors "DO NOT" generally treat patients holistically, or as individuals, their treatment is aimed at one specific disease rather than considering underlying causes and specific individual circumstances.
Doctors "DO NOT" guide patients to take active steps towards their own health.
Conventional treatments keep patients “PASSIVE”.
It is not enough to suggest a better diet or lifestyle; ACTIVE STRATEGIES are needed to support a patient to achieve better compliance.
Doctors "DO NOT" treat a patient if NO diagnosis has been established.
If no disease is diagnosed, by appropriate medical tests, Doctors are in fact unable to help a patient.
Patients go home with the same symptoms they presented with.
Incidentally, 70 to 80% of patients who consult a Complementary Practitioner, such as a Naturopath, do so because of not having had sufficient answers from their Doctor.
Doctors "DO NOT" generally treat
patients for Prevention
or treat to support/improve patients Wellbeing.
Doctors are limited by time and cost restrains, in fact, more money could be saved, by concentrating a GP’s work on essential medical tasks.
By example, time and money is wasted, by needing a GP for a repeat prescription or a referral.
I am sure; nurses are competent enoug sorting out the essentials from the non-essentials, even if it is with help of a computerized questionnaire.
Repeat Prescription: Is it necessary to need a GP consultation for a routine prescription renewal. By example people on blood pressure medication, even after years and years of prescription, still need to see their GP for a renewal. This would be understandable if the GP would examine the patient or order new tests, but according to patients, most GP's just ask some general questions, check the BP, and print out a new prescription.
To keep Medicare sustainable, some services may be provided by skilled practice nurses.
In the future, maybe a practice nurse could check the blood pressure, ask some question and print out the prescription, much cheaper.
Repeat Referrals: Similar to above .....
A Preventative - Restorative - Regenerative Health System is "labour intensive", it means to educate and take direct action with a patient to make sure treatment and recommendations are fulfilled. This may sound expensive, but it will be less expensive to pay a nurse or a naturopath than a Doctor.
To fulfil this preventative role, it may become essential to re-name the naturopathic profession, in some parts of our community, Naturopathy or Natural Therapies evoke a negative response. A possible new term could be; "Preventative Health Care Practitioner", or "Proactive Health Care Practitioner".
Preventive medicine or proactive healthcare is defined as the healthcare in which the practitioner, with the cooperation of the patient, initiates the effort to prevent illness through treatments, dietary advices, and recommendations about lifestyle changes the patient has to practice.
Naturopaths are specialists in Prevention, their "primary care of concern is to prevent disease", manage health to optimal levels, and for cases of chronic diseases, provide strategies that will help patients live life to the fullest.
Naturopaths are experts in prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to illness, practicing holistically, and recognising that our bodies are complex and that physical, emotional and mental well-being are interconnected with our internal and external environment.
We cannot compartmentalize ourselves into symptoms. We are affected by everything we consume, interact with and experience.
No two people are exactly alike.
Proactive healthcare aims to prevent or slow down physical deterioration, hinder the onslaught of other symptoms, provide mind and emotional encouragement, and assist the patient in practicing an optimal healthy lifestyle.
Preventative - Restorative - Regenerative, in addition to regular naturopathic works.
They will need to be "Health Support Facilitator" of "Support Groups", some groups may have a similar structure to the AAA, others are to specifically support and educate.
General health Improvement: Adopting an individual styled Diet - Weightloss and Diabetes
Physical Health Groups: Such as yoga classes, walking groups, Tai Chi and personal fitness.
Mind Management Groups: Stress Management - Relaxation and Meditation - attitudes and change techniques - Motivation
It is not enough to explain a diet to a patient, one needs to assure the patient is compliant with the recommendation up to the point the aspired outcome is achieved.
Group or class sessions have been proven successful.
Ongoing support must be assured, not just initial consultations and hoping for the best.
Without support groups, people are unlikely not reach their preventative treatment goals .. patients "fall of the wagon", they will need re-motivation and ongoing "affordable" support .
Naturopathic Medicine Advantages - Health & Economical.
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