Health care has taken a major impact in the past ten years. People are living longer which leads to an increase in need in the health care field. Yes, technology has given us a helping hand and has provided us with new ways to care for people. But at the end of the day we are all still people. People who need care from other people. So many doctors see an unbelievable amount of patients each day, that they have become numbers and time slots, not people. There is a way to value your patients and give them the care they need, not just advice and numbers. The best way to care for someone is to care. Take a moment a read over how you can value your patient as a person, not another number.

Key Points:

  • 1It is time to modernize our ideas and actions toward aging and health care so older Americans can get the right care at the right time for the right cost.
  • 2Despite lots of tinkering around the edges, the way we pay for and provide health care for older adults has not kept pace with the rest of the American innovation explosion.
  • 3It’s still operating as an acute care-centric, bricks and mortar-driven, episodic service system. Yet life expectancy in the United States has increased by 10 years and people are for more likely to live with chronic medical conditions and some level of functional challenge for a long time than in the past.


Next Avenue Where grown-ups keep growing Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Next AvenueNext Avenue, Contributor By Dr. Bruce Chernof, Next Avenue Contributor (Next Avenue invited our 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America.) It is time to modernize our ideas and actions toward aging and health care so older Americans can get the right care at the right time for the right cost. Therefore, I challenge the health care industrial complex and most particularly its leaders — those that design, regulate, pay for and provide services — to deliver on the promise, not just the provision, of better health and health care. Credit: Shutterstock ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads I call on these leaders to move beyond incremental thinking that pervades most health care “innovation” and shift boldly toward a more person-centered, value-driven and outcomes-oriented delivery model.

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