Healthcare has turned into a volume business. To make up for ever increasing liability premiums, decreased payouts for services provided (thanks Affordable Care Act), and higher corporate and personal taxes, doctors must find ways to see more and more patients every day. As the time doctors spend with their patients decreases, gaps in healthcare are created that were not there just 15 short years ago.
In the eight minutes doctors are now spending with their patients per visit; the diagnoses, cure, and request for follow-up are crammed so tightly together that patients have little to no time to absorb the information and even less to ask questions. If you are a veteran and use the VA healthcare system, you spend that time looking at the back of your care providers head while they go down the mandatory bureaucratic list of questions that have absolutely nothing to do with why you are there in the first place.
For most of you diagnosed with diabetes, that appointment probably went like this:
Doctor: Mr. Smith, you have Type 2 Diabetes. I am going to prescribe you this drug and that drug (because of what the first drug will do to you). I want you to watch your diet, and start exercising. I will schedule you a blood test and a follow-up appointment in 3 months. Any questions?
Doctor: Ok, see you in 3 months.
Unfortunately, this is how doctors are forced to be, and because of this, there is an ever-widening gap in the information patients need and that doctors have time to provide. Because of this, the internet has become the go-to source for all unasked and unanswered questions for patients. How do I know this? It’s where I went six years ago when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. After hours of videos and thousands of websites, I learned one thing above all else. There are so many programs out there (some of which are created by certified professionals and others not so much) that trying to determine which exercise program or meal plan is right for you is a frustrating and almost unattainable goal.
This is where a Certified Health Coach comes in. Be it fitness, nutrition, or lifestyle; a coach can be an invaluable and consistent source of information. No matter if you are still pre-diabetic or you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your coach will help guide you, instruct you, and be that swift kick in the ass if you need it.