Invest in health and save our healthcare.
Make your voice and opinions heard.
Find help with prescription costs.
Get the most from medicines.
Even with increased prevention efforts, people will get sick. When they do, we must help them:
According to the CDC, preventive screenings and early intervention represent important steps in controlling the huge personal and financial costs of chronic diseases.1
We can minimize costly complications and lower healthcare costs. We have the tools and knowledge to manage many chronic diseases. But we often do a poor job of using this information. For example, even though type-2 diabetes can be treated effectively, an estimated 2 out of 3 Americans with type-2 diabetes are not in control of their blood sugar.2
The right intervention can stop some chronic diseases in their tracks. By getting treatment early and sticking with it for the right period of time, people can avoid getting sicker. A number of programs show that effective intervention and active disease management and active disease management works.
The Asheville Project, conducted by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, is a good example. Effective intervention and management of diabetes and other chronic diseases can lower costs and improve health. In the Asheville Project:
Most agree that this approach makes sense. Helping people manage chronic diseases to avoid costly complications is a good idea. But finding the best way to achieve those results is a challenge. Our healthcare system aligns financial rewards toward treating complications instead of preventing them.
Showing that programs like the Asheville Project work and can be replicated is key. We must convince public and private payers that healthcare costs can be managed. The change needed is a system set up for early and aggressive intervention.