The Affordable Care Act: A new focus on prevention
Transforming Health | 12.13.12
Patients will be encouraged to take an active role in prevention of illness.
He says, “Its no longer doctors practicing what I would call reactive medicine where you come in with problem in hand and the doctor tries to fix problem. Its doctors acting proactively to try to prevent problem.”
But this is going to require a public mindset change. And, Wanda Filer, the founder of the Strategic Health Institute, is optimistic that this change is achievable.
Patients will be encouraged to take an active role in prevention of illness. Filer says, “Prevention is not simply getting a mammogram or having your colonoscopy. It means you get your flu shot. It means you talk to your doctor about your dietary choices. You talk to your doctor about other preventive strategies based on your personal health, based on your family history.“
Filer says that doctors will also be reaching out to their patients about the appropriate screenings and tests that they need to stay healthy.
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and wellness programs.
Medicare preventive services for seniors.
New preventive benefits for women under the law.
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