The Future of Healthcare

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The future of healthcare is going to be all about efficiency and safety. As we look forward to the future, it’s important to understand what the current system looks like since that will help us determine how healthcare can be improved. The system as it stands now is not efficient at all; however, there are many things that can be done in order to make it more efficient.

 

Currently, those who need medical assistance must go through a very long and tedious process in order to receive the care they need (if they even get any care at all). Over time there have been numerous initiatives aimed at improving this process by making sure every person has access to medical services. This notion of providing service for all has been around since before America was even a country! In 1798 Benjamin Franklin proposed a national hospital service plan through his idea for “Poor Richard Improved”. In this plan he suggested giving money from taxes so that indigent people could have access to healthcare whenever they needed it. He also proposed that doctors should provide their services for free because he believed being able-bodied was a gift from God and no payment should ever be requested by physicians.[1] These ideas may seem outdated now but let me assure you – they were ahead of their time! Unfortunately these ideas didn’t take off because many people saw them as too expensive or unwanted government intrusion into private life. I wrote a post about how government can be involved in healthcare without actually controlling it if you’d like to learn more.

 

Today, the amount of money that is spent on healthcare has skyrocketed. The U.S spends $3 trillion on healthcare every year![2] This is insane considering the fact that other wealthy countries spend much less money to get better results.[3] However, there are many things we can do to improve this system so I’m not going to focus on anything negative in this post. Instead I’m going to focus on what makes the future of healthcare exciting! There are a lot of changes happening in medicine right now, and many people feel that technology will be the biggest factor in improving health care in America. Although technology has certainly played a role in making medicine better I believe human interaction will play an even bigger role in helping doctors make better decisions.[4] Of course when talking about medical advancements there are really two things I want to discuss: genetic testing and telemedicine (or virtual visits). These two topics are especially important because they are both allowing patients access to services they wouldn’t have otherwise received through traditional outlets. Both technologies work by giving patients access problems through digitalization – whether it’s genetic testing provided by companies like 23andMe or online visits with doctors being made possible through companies like Doctor On Demand or Teladoc.

 

Genetic Testing

The first topic I want to discuss, genetic testing, is something that people are very interested in. Genetic testing is the process of identifying which genes you carry (and what mutations they may contain) and then comparing this information to others in order to determine the likelihood that you could develop certain conditions. Many companies offer genetic test kits – both at home and in person through doctors’ offices – but I’m going to talk about 23andMe for this post since 23andMe offers a unique service. The reason why 23andMe has gotten so popular over time is because they provide their customers with reports on how they can manage their health care. They also provide services for researchers who are trying to learn more about genetics.

 

The future of healthcare is exciting, and I’m really excited to witness all the advancements that will be made in the years to come. I hope this post gave you a better idea of what the future holds for the world of healthcare, and I hope it was helpful!

 

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