MediGuide introduces its newest service: Preventative Health Program
Global healthcare spending continues to surge, spurred by a growing and ageing population and a rise in chronic disease. This presents the ideal opportunity to shift focus from a predominantly curative healthcare approach centered on treating illness to one that also focuses on wellness and prevention.
Visiting the doctor for a regular (annual) checkup to prevent medical issues makes logical sense then. Unbeknown to the member, he or she might have the first symptoms of a developing illness, which, if picked up during an annual routine screening, could lead to more effective and less costly interventions. That said, the reality is that people generally don’t take the time to schedule visits to the doctor if they don’t feel sick.
Likewise, during Covid-19, even when feeling unwell, members are just as unlikely to visit the doctor, staying away for fear of getting infected. Besides ignoring early warning signs, staying away could result in improper management of existing chronic conditions, which could also have serious medical consequences.
Preventative healthcare goes online
Technology can play a powerful role in getting a healthy person to undergo an annual checkup. Instead of the member visiting a doctor, we ‘send’ the doctor to them via our digital healthcare highway. Secure and convenient, an online checkup can occur anywhere and at any time - at work or in the comfort of their own home.
Placing the member in the driver’s seat, our online service allows one visit per year, delivering:
A systematic review of the member’s current state of health, demographic, lifestyle, and a review of any supporting medical documentation
Clear direction on specific focus areas for him or her to remain in an optimal state of wellbeing
Identification of potential health issues and guidance on managing them before they become costly and chronic medical problems
How it works
3 easy steps:
Member signs application
Completes the health assessment questionnaire (and, where necessary, uploads supporting medical documentation)
A US board certified primary healthcare practitioner conducts a health review, and the member receives a report (areas of concern identified with guidance on management)
Turnaround time from information submission to health status report is 3 days. If necessary, the member is referred to a medical specialist on our telemedicine network for a medical second opinion.
By accelerating health and wellbeing, our new online preventative healthcare service benefits both the insurer and the insured (member). Having an annual checkup online allows seemingly healthy members to become more aware of risk factors or unexpected symptoms and to take charge of their own health. Identifying and managing potential health risks before they become more serious medical conditions means fewer treatments, surgeries, and hospital stays, resulting in significant healthcare cost savings.
2020 is designated ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by the World Health Organization to honor Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. MediGuide gives special tribute to our nurses and the vital service they provide.