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How Does Value Based Healthcare Help Women?

Value based healthcare is an unfamiliar subject for many people.The reason that it is so unknown is that it is largely not discussed in public forums. This healthcare model pays providers based on whether the patient is successfully restored back to health. On the other hand, a fee based healthcare system charges a standard fee per service, even if the patient stayed sick or died. The purpose of this short article is to introduce you to the topic and give you some idea of how this system is already playing out across the country.

What are the benefits of such a system? First, patients save money on their healthcare costs. Plus, there is much more emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and habits, so the patient actually becomes healthier overall. When the focus is moved toward making sure the patient stays healthy, a more comprehensive health plan emerges for each patient. Also under this model, more young and healthy people are likely to sign up. When they are encouraged to take preventative measures for future health, young people are much more likely to do so.

All of society can benefit from implementing this model. Also, the majority of the funds go towards preventative healthcare, instead of reactive. Under the current system, healthcare providers must focus on treating as many diseases as possible, instead of focusing on keeping a patient healthy. A shift away from the fee based system could mean that the communities become generally healthier and more fit. This seems like common sense, but it bears repeating that healthier people create healthier children and healthier futures. Perhaps the most cynical argument for adopting this new system is that the current system simply does not work.

As you can imagine, this model is quite controversial. But there are some groups who are strongly in favor of implementing this system. One such example is the model whereby healthcare providers are responsible for the continued health of their maternity patients over a set period of time. Pregnancy and childbirth are excellent examples of how a patient’s overall health should be the most important concern.

In this article, you have learned about the ways in which a value based healthcare system can contribute to a society’s overall health. In addition, you have learned that several female health groups are public supports of this type of healthcare. As the public gets more comfortable with the idea, many more advocacy groups are likely to join the cause. As old ideas around healthcare turn into new ones, it is important to remember the human element of this issue.

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