Do You Have a Health Problem?

I never met someone who didn’t have a health problem. However this may happen now and then for some people, and may happen more for other people, the difference is, do they know they have a health problem?

Being able to judge your health condition or at least have the sense of any strange symptoms you feel, is a very controversy topic that needs some focus. You can not do this in a random way as this may be a life threatening decision, and consulting some professionals like physician or pharmacist would make a great difference.

On the other hand, knowing the illness and being able to find the problem early is a key turning point in the cure of any health problem, and would be a nice to have knowledge. Some health problems could be known by common sense and would save the patient from panic, and sure identifying the symptoms of a serious health problem early is the best thing ever.

We will handle this topic in a series of articles, trying to pin point some skills that might turn out to make our life better. But first we need to show how people react against medical problems?

Some people deal with medical issues in a proper way, they just think about possible reasons for their health problems, they deal with these problems on their own when it is a simple issue, or they seek the advice from health professionals like doctors when there is a must for that.

Some people have the “wait and see” attitude, which may lead to harmful conditions at the end. They tend to wait for a long time knowing that they are well and everything is going to get better, even if it is already getting worse. They don’t even try to seek help regardless of the advice of people around them to start asking for help.

On the other hand, there are the “Panic” people who overestimate any health problem they might have. They tend to think that minor problems maybe a result of a potentially serious medical condition. The worries of these people are not easy to fade unless they visit a health professional.

Next we will be talking about what we should do about our health problems, and we will get to more details about self-assessment to our own health. So stay tuned.

Accessibility of Diagnostic Imaging

Part of universal health care is diagnostic imaging such as CT scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The availability of such equipment in developing countries varies from region to region. Patients who live in bigger cities where the economies are growing can usually avail of diagnostic imaging because of richer patients. A lot of people have insurance and private individuals have invested on the equipment.

On the other hand, cities of smaller size usually don’t have such equipment. Although, if the economy of such city is growing rapidly, the patients could afford so they have to go to the nearest city to have their diagnostic images taken. This is because private entities do not invest in such equipment and the medical practitioners in these cities do not refer.

Some solutions to this problem are to expand health insurance to cover individuals with lower income, purchasing used equipment, encouraging the private investors & doctors, or the government should invest in health care.

Accessibility of diagnostic imaging relies on being available and affordable. In developing countries like Brazil & Taiwan, patients can afford it because health insurance programs of their governments cover most of them. In India, however, the government insurance covers only some people. Only the affluent can afford such equipment.

The government needs to shell out a large capital for state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment that’s why they couldn’t provide access to most of the people. And private sectors only invest on cities where the economies are fast growing. Doctors don’t prescribe imaging scans very often. And doctors who do prescribe them are residing in bigger cities.

Patients residing in larger cities are more aware and can afford health care insurance, thus, health care services are being provided. Hospitals & other diagnostic imaging centers have invested in these diagnostic equipments. Even hospitals run by the government have invested on such equipment. With greater competition, the pricing for diagnostic scans have lowered making these services more affordable & accessible.

When the competition increases and the bigger cities become saturated, the companies for diagnostic imaging equipment are setting their sights on the cities next in size. They are encouraging hospitals & diagnostic centers of these cities to invest in these equipment. Now the patients from these cities don’t have to travel to the big city to avail of high-end imaging scans