When it comes to improving your health, it seems like finances are the only barrier that anyone ever talks about. Affordable health care is crucial, but it’s not the only thing stopping people from being able to get the care that they need. There are also physical barriers to access and the pressures of time and how hard it can be to fit a schedule around a doctor to consider. But there are new kinds of services popping up to help get past those barriers. Which might be the right one for you?

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Cross country-care

One of the limitations that many face is that they’re simply unable to physically get the service they need. For instance, people with mobility issues won’t be able to attend an arranged visit as easily as others might. However, the internet has majorly changed the services that doctors can now provide, including consultations over the internet. This won’t be able to entirely eliminate the need for a face-to-face meet and a physical check-up but it can help in many other situations that need slightly less attention.

When it’s convenient for you

However, there are services that can help people get even those face-to-face visits when they might not be able to make it to their local clinic. A growing trend is that of concierge medicine. Once considered only a service that the richest of the rich could obtain, more concierge services are being offered to middle-class private customers as well as those on Medicare and Medicaid coverages. This offers personalized health service that goes much broader than being able to offer more at-home visits, but that’s one of the barriers that it makes great efforts to break down.

What you need when you need it

Similarly, trips to the pharmacists may prove difficult for those people or even those who aren’t able to regularly free up time in the day to stop at their local pharmacists during working hours. With responsibilities such as work and family, this can make it a hassle to pick up repeat prescriptions. However, services like home delivery chemist prescriptions completely eliminate the barrier for a lot of people. There are more chemists offering the opportunity to get what you need delivered directly to your home, making it much more convenient.

A finger on the pulse

A big part of offering more accurate and helpful treatments is having more data on the patient. However, tests in the hospital provide only a limited range of information to doctors. That’s why more are starting to use medical wearable technology. This allows healthcare specialists to monitor their patients over a much longer period. Wearable technology also contains the potential to serve as alarms for those who might need urgent care when they’re out and about or even glucose monitoring to help those with diabetes.

Innovation is slow in the medical industries, but it’s starting to happen and it’s starting to make a lot of patients’ lives easier. Could any of the examples provide the opportunity you need?

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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