What is Value Based Healthcare for Women?
Most people are surprised to learn that something like value based healthcare exists.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. The most common type of healthcare system currently is the fee based model, where patients pay a standardized fee for each service. 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.
Does this healthcare alternative have any benefits? First, patients save money on their healthcare costs. And because the focus is centered entirely around helping the patient get better, there is more focus on creating healthy habits within the patient. 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. This is because there is more focus on maintaining good health, instead of simply treating diseases as they arise.
Overall, society has healthier people and spends much less money keeping them healthy. Less money is spent on healthcare in general. When doctors are paid regardless of whether or not the patient became and stayed healthy, there is no incentive for good, mindful care. When its people are healthier, the health of a society also improves. This seems like common sense, but it bears repeating that healthier people create healthier children and healthier futures. And finally, many people argue for this system solely as an alternative to the current system, which is widely considered to have low effectiveness.
You are probably not surprised to learn that there a number of special interest groups who do not support switching to a value based healthcare model. But there are some groups who are strongly in favor of implementing this system. Maternity episodes of care, or clinical episode payment, is one way in which women’s healthcare groups are attempting to make changes. Women, especially, need long term care for certain health issues, like pregnancy.
As you can see, a strong case can be made for switching to such a system. You have seen how women’s healthcare organizations are particularly progressive in their approach to this model. While it is unlikely that such a dramatic change will happen in the next few years, you can expect to see several programs implementing it on a small scale. The outcome will hopefully be healthier people and communities.