On Healthcare and Automobiles - Proactive or Reactive?

Nov 07, 2019

This week we have a write up from one of our Master GOATA Coaches, Cody, about the healthcare industry and how treatment we receive today can be equated to how we treat problems with our automobile, often after the damage has been done.

Proactive care, and preventative maintenance is far LESS expensive than refusing to diagnose problems before they cause damage.  This is the acceptable norm with automobiles, but not with human bodies. Reactive (oh darn it’s broke) costs some gross amounts of money and will never be a substitute for OEM parts.  This reactive model of care is the dominating one in healthcare and rehabilitation.  Many of today’s most expensive and frequent surgeries are caused by degenerative damage, overuse, and misalignment.  The stark reality is that surgery can be prevented when the proper measures and assessments are taken.

So why does the current system lean towards reactive care?  Why are we paying for reactive care and not proactive care?  Because the driving force in this world is how much can the provider make off of this specific person.  The “business” of healthcare is focused on the money and not the outcome.  The healthcare industry essentially preys on sick and injured people to pad their pockets. Without injury, they cease to exist.  This of course is not realistic, as there will always be contact injuries, accidents, and those who don’t take care of themselves.The people however that could benefit from preventative maintenance aren’t urged to do so, and it’s not covered under their health plan so people don't seek out a coach or trainer for an effective plan.  This cost is such a minuscule amount in terms of what a new back, hip, or knee will cost you. The current model and collective term of services provided is referred to as rehabilitation. Preventative care however is a rising industry, but getting little attention. Why?  Because prehab will hit the pockets of the clinics and professionals solely interested in reactive care and are regarded as the experts in the industry. The surgeons and therapists that rely on you to get hurt will have smaller populations of injured people if we are preventing injuries from happening in the first place.  Do you think they will advocate for prehab?  Only if they see it as an advantage over there current belief system.  Time will tell!

In conclusion, it’s a personal choice for the private paying consumer. You can seek out those practitioners that are looking to find the problem before it
causes catastrophic non-contact injury or you can flock to the urgent care when you wake up and the check engine light has been flashing and now the car cuts out, won’t start, needs a tow, and will never recover fully without a costly replacement.  Find someone who will assess you, give you feedback, and provide to you training that focuses on preventing further breakdown.