Every year the experts make a number of health predictions. These tend to run the gamut from general predictions about things like flu vaccinations and the number of people who receive them to broad healthcare topics that involve mergers and access to care. Although these predictions seem like they are all over the board, they do have one thing in common – their main topic: healthcare. Some of the groundwork for these trends was laid in past years and is now coming to the forefront, while others have seemingly popped up out of nowhere. As you can imagine, these health predictions
1) Health Insurance Premiums Will Rise
It seems a given that health insurance costs will go up every year, but it still needs to be listed here. No matter which health insurance company you use, the amount that you pay monthly for your premiums will go up by at least a small percentage in 2019. In addition to this, you might also see a rise in your copays and deductible amounts. However, since the market is a little bit more open than it has been in the past, you might be able to shop around in order to get a better rate. It all depends on the type of coverage that you want and the preexisting health conditions that you currently have.
2) People Will Get More Flu Vaccinations
Every year the number of people who get flu shots goes up. There are two reasons for this – one, the advertising budgets for them have gone up, and people now see commercials for flu shots on the radio, the television, and even online. The second reason is the fact that flu shots are very accessible. You can now get one at your local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or even smaller clinics. Some stores, are pushing them heavily and even offering discounts on purchases for getting a flu shot. This just makes it even more likely that people will take advantage of this vaccination program and avoid coming down with the flu in 2019.
3) Doctor’s Offices Will Continue to Get Swallowed by Larger Networks
It’s been a trend in recent years to see smaller, independent offices get bought out or asked to join larger hospital networks. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the patients or the doctors. The physicians are able to have more diagnostic tools at their disposal, while the patients get increasingly sophisticated care. The only downside to this is the fact that the level of personalized care might vanish, as the physicians receive pressure to see more patients each day.
4) Exercise is a Trend That Is Going Nowhere
Exercise is more than just a trend – it’s becoming a way of life to most people. What does this have to do with health? People who exercise regularly tend to be in better health. They are less at risk for things like diabetes and cardiovascular problems, and they have better mental health as well. Exercise is one of the known ways to deal with anxiety, for example. Expect to see the fitness “trend” continue in 2019.
5) There Will Be More Access to Care
Thanks to the large healthcare networks that are forming in various part of the country, people will receive more access to the health care that they need. This means that certain illnesses will be diagnosed sooner, the level of treatments will go up, and everything will be better in the long run. Remember that the more access to care people have, the better their overall health will be.
6) Healthcare Will Be More Personalized – In Some Places
Although large networks may take away some of the personalized care that patients receive, in 2019, the rising trend toward individual medicine will be more at the forefront. How is this possible? Well, a number of doctors and their assistants have been trained to place the focus on the patient in order to meet their needs. They become more than a number – and are more akin to getting the care that they must have in order to improve. Yes, the doctor may have less time to spend with them, but their support staff, including medical assistants, may step up.
7) You Might See a Rising Amount of Previously “Extinct” Conditions
Thanks to the people who don’t believe in vaccinating their children, there’s been a small rise in things like the mumps, measles, whooping cough, and even a polio-like illness in certain areas. These previously “extinct” (in most parts of the world, anyway) conditions have been popping up in locations with a large number of unvaccinated children. These mutated forms of the illnesses are slightly harder to fight off, especially since they tend to strike young children and those with compromised immune systems. In 2019, you’ll probably see the amount of these illnesses spike considerably.
This guest article is a publication of Paul Jones promoting Samitivej Hospital Bangkok.