The number of people with health problems who need treatment and care has never been higher than it is today, and this population will continue to grow in the coming years. We’ve written about the reasons behind this growth before, but we wanted to share 8 Signs that Healthcare Systems are Overwhelmed as well.
If you see these signs in your city or town, there’s a very good chance that your local healthcare professionals are struggling to keep up with the increased demand for their services
Here is the List of 8 Signs that Healthcare Systems are Overwhelmed.
Cancer survival rates have grown
Medical Errors Are Up
People Are Living Longer
People Are Using More Prescription Drugs
People Aren’t Taking Care of Themselves as Well
The Baby Boomer Generation is Getting Older
Obesity is rising in children and adults and has serious implications for their long-term health. An obese child is likely to grow up into an obese adult; obesity leads to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and various cancers.
Obesity adds $190 billion in annual healthcare costs or about 10% of total US healthcare spending. There’s no question: we’re paying more because we weigh more. Hospitals have had to deal with increasing numbers of patients who need emergency care.
Some hospitals may be overwhelmed by an influx of uninsured patients who lack a primary care physician, which can make it difficult for them to get routine preventive care. Hospitals must also handle a large number of Medicare and Medicaid patients, who often receive inadequate preventive care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps some people obtain insurance coverage; however, other individuals still do not have insurance coverage, even with ACA provisions in place. Read More…
Diabetes is a common health condition in which your body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. Diabetes can lead to serious long-term health problems if it’s not treated.
In 2022, it’s estimated that over 399 million people will have diabetes. This means almost one in 10 people worldwide (9.6 per cent) will have diabetes. As healthcare systems around the world struggle to keep up with rising demands, reports indicate an impending public health crisis due to uncontrolled cases of diabetes and declining levels of healthcare access for all patients. Read more…
3) Cancer survival rates have grown
This is an important step for cancer survival rates to have risen. According to Dr Sandra Swain, a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, The average five-year survival rate for children with cancer has grown from 77 per cent in 1970 to 89 per cent today.
This is promising because it shows improvement regarding treatment. It is also noteworthy that there has been a larger increase in cancer survival rates than any other common type of cancer which indicates progress being made as far as our understanding of cancer treatments and how they are administered.
The earlier we can detect cancers while still localized, such as stage I and II cancers, generally allows more treatment options which may result in better outcomes for many people with these types of cancers. Read more…
4) Medical Errors Are Up
Medical errors are one of those things we prefer not to think about. But one mistake could be a matter of life or death, so it’s important to focus on how to avoid mistakes. For example, research has shown that stress at work and lack of sleep contribute to medical errors.
A study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making looked at errors made by nurses in intensive care units (ICUs) and found them more likely in ICUs with higher workloads or less staffing support. Additionally, according to Health Affairs, most health systems today still rely heavily on paper-based processes for tasks such as patient scheduling and electronic health record documentation.
By digitizing healthcare records through an EHR system or mobile app—as well as improving communication among providers—healthcare organizations can cut down on administrative burden, reduce costs and improve quality.
5) People Are Living Longer
We should be happy that people are living longer, but there’s a downside to an ageing population: older people tend to need more healthcare services. The World Health Organization predicts in 2022, two-thirds of healthcare spending will be on patients over 65—and thanks to an increase in chronic illness and long-term care, their cost of care will also increase.
We have reached a point where our healthcare systems can no longer keep up with patient demand and projections suggest demand is only going to continue increasing at an alarming rate. The problem is not just limited to public health either, private healthcare insurers have been suffering for years as a result of low approval rates and high payments per patient.
6) People Are Using More Prescription Drugs
Americans today consume a variety of prescription medications. These drugs can range from birth control to antidepressants, and so much more. One of the biggest problems with prescription drugs is their ability to become addictive.
People do not realize just how easy it is for addiction to take over; once a person has gotten hooked on a drug, even withdrawal may not be enough to keep them off it. While some people choose to deal with prescription drug abuse on their own, many others seek professional help at rehab centres to stop taking dangerous drugs safely.
Luckily, there are plenty of holistic treatments available in such facilities; professionals can use such treatments as group therapy and nutrition counselling to help recovering addicts get back on track after they leave rehab centres in Minnesota and other states across America. Read more…
7) People Aren’t Taking Care of Themselves as Well
While there’s much debate over whether people are healthier or sicker now than they were several decades ago, one thing is certain: People just aren’t taking care of themselves as well.
While some experts will argue that modern lifestyles – poor diet, sedentary living and lack of exercise – contribute to rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, others will say our demands on healthcare systems have increased for a simple reason: People around the world are living longer. It’s true: The average life expectancy has jumped from 55 years old in 1950 to 77 years old today.
We’re also living longer with more chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. So we end up needing more care for a longer period of time.
8) The Baby Boomer Generation is Getting Older
As people age, their bodies become less and less resilient. Just as it’s more difficult to keep up with a toddler than it is a 1-year-old, so it becomes harder to fight off disease as we get older. At its peak in 1960, there were 2 workers per senior citizen; by 2035, that number will be cut in half.
Doctors and hospitals will be spread thinner than ever before. Of course, ageing isn’t going to stop Boomers from having sex or driving (some of them) or enjoying rock climbing in their golden years; they’ll just have more health issues to deal with than previous generations did at an equivalent age. Because more people are living longer lives, healthcare needs will grow exponentially over time. Read more…