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What is “Integrated Healthcare?” And, more importantly, why is it important to me?

Healthy FamilyThe “what” is easy. Bayless Healthcare treats the whole person. Your physical needs, whether they are sudden such as injury and illness. Or chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes. And, your emotional needs as well such stress, anxiety, depression, family dynamics and more.

The “why” is actually more important. The most effective way of increasing the effectiveness of healthcare, and lowering healthcare costs, starts with each of us managing our own health. Preventive steps can help. As Americans, we try to avoid chronic diseases and the labels associated with the disease. We worry about the stigma of getting help managing our stress, life changing events, worrying over our children and our ability to care for each other and ourselves. The crisis is clear. Chronic diseases are crushing healthcare and our communities.

Our healthcare system is good at treating short-term problems, such as broken bones and infections. Medical advances are helping people live longer. But obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. The population is aging. We need to do a much better job managing chronic diseases.

Chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, and Alzheimer€™s disease take a heavy toll on health and the economy. The trends are going in the wrong direction:

  • Obesity increases the risk of developing conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. The rate of obesity in adults has doubled in the last 20 years. It has almost tripled in kids ages 2-11. It has more than tripled in children ages 12-19 years old.
  • Without big changes, 1 in 3 babies born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
  • Average healthcare costs for someone who has one or more chronic conditions is five times greater than for someone without any chronic conditions.
  • Chronic diseases account for $3 of every $4 spent on healthcare. That’€™s nearly $7,900 for every American with a chronic disease.

The Human Cost of Chronic Diseases Cannot be Ignored:

  • Chronic diseases cause 7 out of every 10 deaths.
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are the leading causes of disability and death in the US.
  • About 25% of people with chronic diseases have some type of activity limitation. This includes difficulty or needing help with personal tasks such as dressing or bathing. It may also mean being restricted from work or attending school.
  • Today, Americans suffering from chronic diseases face rising healthcare costs. Health insurance co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses continue to rise. In many cases, choices and care are limited.
  • The disabling and long-term symptoms that often come with chronic diseases add to extended pain and suffering.
  • We must face the epidemic of chronic diseases. If we don’€™t, the human costs will continue to soar. We might even face a lack of available or affordable care when it is needed most.