The healthcare debate usually revolves around whether we should move to a universal healthcare system or remain with the Affordable Care Act. What is not discussed enough is how preventive healthcare and modernizing our healthcare system might make us think of healthcare in a different way. Our current system is sick-care, or curative care, and not health-care.
We can dramatically reduce healthcare costs and have a healthier society if we focus on continued health versus responding to illness. With tax breaks and lowered healthcare premiums we can incentivize our citizens to take this proactive approach and be actively involved in their healthcare.
Food is the most basic tool in preventive health care. Studies have shown that patients treated with food (farmocology) showed better results and quicker turn-around than patients treated with traditional methods (pharmacology). Viewing our food as medicine and focusing on a healthier, more plant based diet, will save billions of dollars in future healthcare costs.
Other preventive healthcare includes exercise, immunizations, routine screenings for a variety of diseases, supplements when applicable and promotion of child-safety measures. Cryotherapy, meditation, breathing techniques, massage, genetic testing, infrared light, animal therapy and biofeedback are newer preventive healthcare services that would be included as part of this platform.
Healhcare is also very expensive due to the administrative costs. Moving to a completely smart digital medical system will dramatically cut administrative costs in our healthcare system. It will also give hospitals and medical staff more accurate and in-the-moment information which shortens response times.
The Internet of Things platform and LiFi technologies can reshape and improve our healthcare system. Unlike radio frequency, LiFi uses light for data so you can use it in hospitals. This can dramatically improve the communication systems and the patient experience. We need to also consider how technology will improve our chances of curing diseases. Nanobite technology and 3D printing of organs are two technologies that are already being tested. The global bioprinting market is estimated to reach $4.7 billion by 2025.
In summary, we can dramatically reduce the cost of healthcare by adding preventive measures, promoting a healthy society and developing more effective measures to heal and cure patients.