Good health care involves a sharing of effort between patients who bear the ultimate responsibility for good outcomes and the providers who can provide care, information and incentives to encourage their patients to make good choices, according to the final speaker at the annual Cayman Healthcare Conference.
Dr. Wael Barsoum, president of Cleveland Clinic-Florida, spoke to the attendees Saturday as the three-day gathering concluded at the Ritz Carlton. His presentation centered on the management of modifiable risk factors so that patients and their caregivers could improve their control over chronic diseases and reduce overall health care costs.
“As providers and payers, we can try to encourage people to do that through somehow giving them a benefit to do that, decreasing their out-of-pocket expense for doing it, cutting down premiums if they manage their health care appropriately,” he said, “There are ways we can influence the receiver of car to do something about it.”
Dr. Barsoum noted that as patients are encouraged to take more of an ownership stake in their healthcare management, they should also be made aware that they are less alone in their healthcare than ever, with a team of professionals that include a primary physician, specialist physicians, nurses, insurers, caregivers and other support staff.
Approximately 1,000 people attended the annual conference which Dr. Barsoum says has become a valuable hub for information sharing among professionals and an opportunity to explain health care options available off-island, often in partnership with local caregivers.