Do We Help Keep People Healthy or Treat Disease?
With the increase in unemployment here, we have seen more people refuse studies. Patients don't want to spend money on as many tests and do not have the money for their new higher deductibles. But people are spending more on things to help keep them healthy.
It made me think that maybe we need to start calling sleep studies preventative medicine. Think about it. If we catch sleep apnea early, we can help keep patients from having the long-term effects of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation. Many people are looking for new and interesting ways to stay healthy rather than cure illnesses.
Around here, there are multiple chiropractors with massage therapists, yoga studios, personal trainers, and doctors of naturopathic medicine. There's also a big influx of MDs and DOs practicing complementary medicine. I think this change in the medical environment is in part due to people not having insurance or spare money. They are looking to save money by being healthier. Having a great night sleep should fall right into this same focus.
So maybe if we change our mindset to a wellness practitioner rather than a person who helps to diagnose and treat a problem, we might be able to educate a different group of people about sleep. We might help the 50- to 70-year-old active population think more about their sleep health and maybe reach a different type of patient who needs a sleep study.