Personalized healthcare 101
Forget annual checkups with your family doctor — the future of medicine is far more sophisticated. Instead of simply sharing symptoms with your physician, and then hoping for the best, today you can completely customize your health care — from health concierges and genetic testing to health coaches — if you’re willing to pay for it.
Private clinics and companies across Canada now offer an array of personalized services, from medical concierges, to healthcare coaches, to genetic testing, all with the aim of helping you live your healthiest life.
But, the big question remains: Are they worth it? Well, if you are the sort of person who, upon knowing your risks, actually changes your lifestyle for the better, then many services may offer real benefits. Additionally, patients who are managing a complex disease or condition could benefit from more one-on-one attention if they are not able to receive it from their regular healthcare providers.
But, because there are so many services out there, it’s key to do your research and hone in on the kind of care you really want, because one thing is 100 percent certain: These services cost a lot of money.
Here are three ways (including a unique take on genetic testing) that Canadians can personalize their health care.