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Millennials have come of age and are a fundamental demographic contributing to our society. The influence of technology and the affects of an ever-consuming pace of life, have begun to take effect – including on global healthcare costs.
Growing evidence shows that 18 to 35 year-olds visit the doctor less than previous generations and a lack of early diagnosis is a leading contributor to increases in global healthcare costs.
According to the US Census Bureau, the millennial generation is the largest demographic in US history; surpassing even that of the legendary “baby boomers”. 92 million Americans make up those born from 1980 to the year 2000. Eurostat's database also indicates that millennials similarly account for over 24% of the European Union’s adult population, according to their latest comprehensive study.
Misuse of emergency care centres
This tech-savy generation lives at an incredibly Read more
For centuries, the challenge facing human beings, and therefore medicine, has been to extend our life expectancy. Some studies carried out in recent decades remind us that the more years we live, the more the economic cost to healthcare systems increases.
On top of all this, the rate of diagnostic error has reached significant numbers in many advanced countries. We must keep in mind that these types of errors (still all too common) end up affecting, one way or another, not only the doctor-patient relationship, but also the level of spending of individual governments and administrations.
By way of an example, in the U.S., the rate of diagnostic error is currently, according to some published studies, between 15% and 28% of all cases. It is a situation, which particularly affects patients with multiple chronic conditions.
The key question is how to reduce the number of diagnostic errors
In view of this scenario, which obviously affects us all, we should ask ourselves what we can do to solve the problem from all angles: medical professionals, the government and institutions and, of course, from the side of the patients.
In order to start to amend the problem, we, as patients, should Read more