Women with health challenges are not getting the support they need.
face overcrowded schedules and heavy patient loads
is tight and financial reimbursements are slim
are often too weak and tired to access resources
Chronic illness is the biggest healthcare challenge we face today.
A chronic condition is a physical or mental health condition that lasts over a year and requires ongoing treatment – diagnoses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, cancer and more.
Today, six in 10 Americans are living with a chronic illness and over 40% have 2 or more conditions.
In addition to its prevalence, chronic disease has also been classified as the nation’s leading cause of death, and is responsible for seven of 10 deaths each year.
Chronic diseases come with significant economic costs.
Ninety percent of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Experts warn that if healthcare spending continues to rise at its current pace, the United States will be bankrupt by 2035.
In addition to its escalating healthcare costs, chronic diseases also impact workforce patterns such as absenteeism, and disproportionately affects women.
Fifty-four million women in the US live with chronic illness, and 20% of them are the primary caregivers at home, services that are valued at $148-188 billion per year. When the caregiver of a family gets sick, there are even bigger ripple effects that impact society at large.
Chronic disease is the most expensive and impactful group of medical conditions in the United States. It is also the most preventable if patients are able to access the right type of care and treatment. Unfortunately however, chronic diseases don’t lend themselves to the “one problem, one doctor, one treatment” approach that guides most healthcare practitioners today.
As a result, patients are not receiving the proper care they need to improve their health outcomes.
Behavior change strategies such as dietary and lifestyle interventions are not being utilized, even though they have been proven essential to effective management.
Patients want to support themselves to make healthy lifestyle choices but don’t always have the tools they need.
If these were accessible and affordable, they could cultivate the skills to create lasting change in diet and lifestyle. Multiple physical health conditions can be difficult to manage, especially when coupled with depression or other mental health conditions.
Chronic illness is complex and requires a multifaceted mix of conventional, pharmaceutical or surgical treatments as well as attention to diet and digestive health, stress, movement and our spiritual and emotional health.
Putting all the pieces together is the key to true healing and management.
Unfortunately, access to holistic health care is expensive and largely not covered by insurance.