Prevent health risks the smart way | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:59 AM, November 05, 2019


Prevent health risks the smart way

Business Development experts always say, “Optimise your capital expenditure to minimise your operational expenses.” This means, if you invest in the right places, such as land, machines, labour etc. you will save a sizeable amount of money in the long run by reducing operational expenses. When talking about your health, the same principle applies, only in this scenario replace investment with prevention, and expenses with illness. A generally known fact is, if you regularly maintain your health, then you can avoid not only large sums on medical bills, but also pre-empt threatening health issues.

The healthcare system of Bangladesh consists of myriad dilemmas, unresolved issues, and improper medical support due to lack of expertise or insufficient finances.

A typical mind-set amongst people is to wait until the last moment and zoom off to the emergency room only when absolutely necessary, instead of focusing on preventing such occurrences. By the time people go to the emergency room, it is often too late. By then, you might incur painfully big losses from your wallet, and in the most tragic of cases, loved ones are lost forever.

Affordability plays a major role in saving lives. Medical care in Bangladesh can get so expensive and scarce that patients opt not to seek care for fear that they will go broke. Health issues that could have been easily helped go unattended. While there are many factors that make it harder for people to get the care they need, people can take control of their health by taking regular care and checking your health, so that unforeseen situations become easier to avoid. 

Additionally, doctor consultations in this country is very haphazard. People tend to bounce from doctor to doctor, based on cost and availability. Moreover, each time they visit a new consultant, they have to undergo a series of redundant tests. This often results in misdiagnosis, due to difference in opinion, and mismanaged tracking of patient history.

Different doctors also prefer different brands of medicine from the same category, which can be a health risk for patients. When you stick to ‘one source consultation’ for a certain period of time, doctors know your medical history, and also know what suits you best, and what to stay clear of. They also know of your physiological, mental, and financial capacity, which makes it easier for them to devise a plan best suited to your needs.

Suffering yourself, or seeing your loved ones traumatised is the most painful thing on earth. Sometimes, these sufferings may end up in a permanent loss. And often, answers are not so easily available. That could happen due to a number of reasons, ranging from inept medical care, improper history tracking, to prescribing the wrong course of action in a moment of emergency. However, these risks can be minimised when you visit a healthcare provider that you have been seeing consistently. Not only can they provide you with the best possible solutions, but also redirect you to the proper direction when necessary, and be a trusted partner for your health.

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