Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

April 17, 2013
by Jeff Levi
Huffington Post


Most of us only go to the doctor a few times a year -- and in between that, we are left alone to figure out how to best follow our doctor's advice in our daily lives. If you have pre-diabetes, most days you're left to manage that condition and try to prevent it from developing into full-blown diabetes in a world that's stacked against you, where nutritious foods cost more and are less available, and it is hard to find time and convenient, safe places to fit physical activity into your day.

Traditionally, private and public insurers have focused on covering care after we've already sick or hurt. But the research shows that increasing preventive "well care" and providing the support to help make healthier choices easier in our daily lives gives us a chance to follow doctor's orders and actually improves health. And, this approach translates into less need to return to the doctor and should bring down health care costs.


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