People with chronic conditions generally use more health care services, including physician visits, hospital care, and prescription drugs.
Increases in the number of people living longer with chronic conditions coupled with rising health care expenditures have spurred health plans, employers, and the government to look for ways to reduce health care use and costs.
Disease Management Concept:
- Disease management programs are designed to improve the health of persons with specific chronic conditions.
- Disease management programs are based on the concept that individuals who are better educated about how to manage and control their condition receive better care.
- Program enrollees may need additional support to stick to their medical regimen.
- Counseling through call centers, and appointment reminder systems have been used to support individuals who are managing their chronic conditions.
Substantial reductions in health care service use and expenditures have occurred for many individuals enrolled in disease management programs.
Diabetes self assessment test
Could you be at risk for type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is a long term condition that can have serious healthcare consequences including heart disease, stroke and amputation, kidney failiure and blindness.
With early diagnosis the risk of developing these complications can be minimized.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)