The biggest and brightest 2019 health predictions

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When it comes to healthcare, it isn’t often the case that the news is positive. Despite this, some of the best 2019 health predictions suggest that care across various sectors is due to become more accessible. From digital mental health services to value-based healthcare, here’s what we can look forward to in 2019.

A digital approach to accessing mental health services

Around 60-percent of adults with a mental health condition haven’t accessed mental health services in the last year. Annually, the American economy experiences a loss of $193.2 billion each year as a result of mental health.

One of the best 2019 health predictions involves greater digital access to mental health services. More counselors and trained mental health professionals are set to offer their services via apps and websites.

For those who don’t want to deal with the stigma attached to seeking therapy, this is excellent news. When you can maintain regular contact with a counselor from the comfort of your own home, your chances of recovery increase.

Similarly, a digital approach to mental health services is good news for those who live in rural locations. And, individuals with mobility difficulties.

A futuristic 2019 health prediction: Amazon may start selling health insurance

How would you feel about Amazon Prime-style health insurance? One of the more futuristic 2019 health predictions suggests that the online retailer is set to start selling medical insurance.

While Amazon’s full plans are yet to be revealed, we do know the following:

  • Tech gurus at the company are trying to upskill Alexa to offer health tips to those with conditions such as diabetes.
  • Amazon is searching for a CEO to pave the way towards making health insurance more accessible and cost-effective.
  • The company is already forging strong medical supply connections with companies such as Cardinal Health.

If Amazon succeeds, the hope is that it will make providing health insurance to employees a possibility for smaller organizations.

Value-based models will become normal for countries such as the United States

The use of value-based models won’t be exclusive to the United States, but it should have positive outcomes for those seeking medical care. While measuring the outcome of different treatment models, providers will also measure cost. As a result, government spending on healthcare should translate to better outcomes and there’s scope for treatments becoming more financially accessible.

Overall, 2019 health predictions appear to feature digital advances and cost-based improvements. As the two come together, it’s possible that cost-effective healthcare will become a reality for everyday earners.

About the Author

Laura McKeever
Laura has been a freelance medical writer for eight years. With a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MSc in Physician Assistant Studies, she complements her passion for medical news with real-life experiences. Laura’s most significant experience included writing for international pharmaceutical brands, including GSK.