Health Care Thoughts: Non-Compliant Patients

Health Care Thoughts: Non-Compliant Patients

Ask physicians and nurses about their biggest clinical problems and non-compliant patients will likely be near the top of the list.

And why should we care? Because non-compliant patients are huge cost drivers.

Ezekiel Emanuel (MD, PhD, NIH) estimates that one-third of U.S. health care costs are driven by diabetes, and we know a lot about controlling diabetes, but it is very dependent on the patient being compliant with diet and medications. We don’t do so well on this.

Is there something about Americans that make us less compliant than we should be? Is our consumer culture a bad place to promote health? Is there not enough information? Are we stressed into non-compliance?

Whatever the reason, it is very costly for all of us.

Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt