Home Heath Care In Rancho Santa Fe: Newer Isn’t Always Better!

Doctor Advice Near Rancho Santa FeThe advance of modern medicine is truly amazing. It seems that nearly every week, those who provide home health care in Rancho Santa Fe hear of a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research, a new lifesaving device or the development of a more effective drug. But the American College of Physicians is warning patients against assuming that every new product or service they see advertised on TV is better than the options they already have.

Cost Isn’t the Whole Story

Heavily advertised new drugs for diabetes control, for example, can cost over $200.00 for a one-month supply. The traditional drug, which has been around for decades, costs about $14.00 per month. The high-cost one must be better, right?In a significant difference from the way things usually work, doctors in the ACP are publicly saying that the newer drugs are quite often not the best choice.

Traditional Options Often The Best

You might not realize it, but in many ways medicine follows the pattern of many other industries: Tried-and-true products and services like home health care are often more effective than even the most exciting innovations. For example, the ACP’s statements suggest that in many cases a good old-fashioned visit to a chiropractor is a more effective back pain solution than an expensive MRI.

Don’t Get Caught Up in the Hype

Of course, the cutting-edge drugs of today might be the established treasures of the future. But until they have been proven over time, it is a mistake to spend huge amounts of money on them just because we get caught up in the excitement of advertising. Trust your loved one’s doctor to guide them in an effective treatment program, even if that includes simple treatments and home heath care instead of the latest and greatest solutions.

Originally posted 2012-05-28 10:30:14.

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Tim Colling
Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.
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