Best Doctors launches See First Blog

A year or so ago I interviewed Evan Falchuk, President of Best Doctors, a company that provides clinical insights to patients who are facing uncertain diagnosis or treatment choices. Best Doctors sells its services as an employee benefit to companies in the US and around the world.When an employee or a dependent is diagnosed with a serious illness they can submit their case to Best Doctors. The company gathers their medical information and consults with its expert network of physicians to review the diagnosis and treatment options. In many cases, the patient receives a different diagnosis and treatment plan than what they started with.

Now Evan and Best Doctors medical director, Fritz Hoheinz have launched the See First blog, subtitled “Insights into the uncertain world of healthcare.” According to the site:

Too often in healthcare… [p]atients are sped into treatment before it’s known what’s really wrong with them.  This failure to truly see may be the greatest driver of poor healthcare quality, but it is among the least talked about.

The purpose of this blog is to share our real-world experiences in helping patients see their way through the healthcare system.  We want to share the insights we have gained through their journeys, and what they mean for patients, doctors, and everyone else who cares about helping people get well and stay well.

Welcome to the blogosphere!

March 17, 2009

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  1. Specifically, we need to invest in a new health system that can tackle the growing problem of chronic disease, which is crippling both our health care system and our economy.

    Of the $2.2 trillion we pour into health care each year, a frightening 75 cents of every dollar goes towards treating patients with chronic illnesses. In Medicaid, this figure is an even more regrettable 83 cents of every dollar; in Medicare, it’s an astounding 96 cents.

    Illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, that in many cases could have been prevented by changes in behavior or could be better managed through early detection and appropriate access to treatment, have risen dramatically over the past three decades, leaving Americans in much worse shape at earlier and earlier ages.

    The rise in obesity is at the root of this increase. With younger and younger Americans suffering from overweight and obesity, the outlook is grim for finding a solution to stem rising health costs short of helping Americans transform their unhealthy behaviors.

    The truth is, we can never expect to improve the affordability of health care until we face the dual crises of obesity and chronic disease. And, until we deal with cost, the chance of extending health care coverage to more Americans is grim.

    Check this out:

    http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2009/03/health_care_reform_lets_do_it.html

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