A cursory review within both the public and private sector publications provides the simple conclusion that few have any idea of solving the healthcare dilemma that grips much of the world. While the majority of the attention has been towards the affordability of healthcare systems, the problem of improving the overall health levels of the public has not been addressed sufficiently.
Focus has been instead on the managing costs of healthcare industry, as opposed to solving the problem or even addressing the impossibility of balancing costs. For many, that final point will be problematic but on the horizon it must be understand that medical technology is making enormous advances and life expectancy, as well as surviving illness previously inescapable, is moving forward at a remarkable clip. This is naturally a considerable debate as many will question the availability, even entitlement of said advancements yet in-truth will there ever be a solution in this area? Likely, with the enormous improvements in the medical field and in conjunction with financial debt burdens that many nations grapple with, that issue will continue to be a debated point.
However, with roughly twenty-five percent of total expenditures in areas considered avoidable, the matter is not reducing cost but eliminating the incidence of said problem. This is where the focus of the efforts should be as the entire notion of “health care” needs a global perspective with a proactive approach.
Healthcare is not simply a form of medical expenses and the debate of how such costs should be absorbed but an approach of the citizenry. A proactive approach to healthcare needs to be a populist movement, without borders or business agenda to restore health. Failure to do so and let me be very honest, the most imaginative of accounting methods cannot balance the enormous costs and it will cost not only the citizenry its health, its lives but the financial stability of nations.
The Plan is a universal route out of the quagmire, which starts with eliminating the barriers to entry in a scalable setting.
What precisely does a scalable system without barriers to entry mean? Part three of The Plan coming soon.
The Plan is a regular column prepared by John Davies for USP Labs that will contain detailed direction on improving work place health. Through this service, we will band togeter in an effort to improve overall fitness of employees as well potentially reduce health care costs.