Benefits of 'Disease Management' to chronic disease patients

Dr Karthik Anantharaman
By Dr Karthik Anantharaman Latest Reply 2010-11-28 20:55:40 -0600
Started 2010-11-27 08:17:53 -0600

Chronic disease like Diabetes is a disease for a lifetime. It cannot be cured and hence the patient needs lifelong motivation to keep this disease under control. Any loss of interest or negligent attitude of the patient towards managing it may cost him/her dear. Thats where 'Disease Management' comes to the rescue in being able to support these patients for a lifetime. In countries like US, Canada, EU, AU & NZ where governments pay for healthcare, it is in the interest of governments to invest in Disease Management so that more patients stay in control and hence spend less money to manage disease. These studies are what constitute Health Economics in those countries.

But, India is a 100% self-pay market. Every patient has to pay from their own pocket for healthcare. With a disease burden of over 50 million diabetics, countries like ours need Disease Management as much as the other evolved countries. However, who will pay for Disease Management in India? Well, there is a way that Disease Management could be offered to every Indian diabetic , cholestrol, BP patient at no extra cost to the patient.

India shall spend Rs 160,000 Crores (USD 32 billion) to manage Diabetes alone in 2010 (dyslipidemia-elevated blood cholesterol, hypertension-high blood pressure, obesity & overweight, not included). 98% of our patients are spending from their own pocket/savings - no medical insurance, no other source of financial support to pay for these disease management. Many patients also take loans to pay for these. Moreover, all these diseases are for a lifetime…they are not curable. (Ref: Study published in Aug 2010)

Integrated Disease Management Pvt Ltd is India's first Disease Management Company, ever. It is a healthcare service provider to clinicians with an endeavor to improve clinical outcomes in the management of chronic diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, high BP, obesity and osteoporosis. Our organization deals with measurable demonstration of positive clinical outcomes in chronic care patients by implementation of effective chronic disease management methodologies at the doctors' clinic/hospital. This infrastructure is offered to the doctor and patient at no extra cost.

Integrated Disease Management (IDM) wants to make a difference. We educated people at Kanteerava Stadium this Sunday (Nov 21st) during the Lifestyle-TOI walkathon. People with an intent to make that difference are joining IDM so that more number of Indian patients can take control of their chronic disease and lead a healthier life, and pay lesser to manage their disease.

Our intention is to make public aware about how easy it is to manage their disease with minor modifications & less efforts.

2 replies

realsis77 2010-11-28 14:33:47 -0600 Report

Interesting. I wonder how many united states diabetics suffer due to lack of insurance and proper medical care? Quite a lot I'm sure! I know many united states diabetics can not afford there insulin treatments either! Sometimes medicine is needed when change of life style just isn't enough! What works for some might not work for all unfortunatly.

Dr Karthik Anantharaman
Dr Karthik Anantharaman 2010-11-28 20:55:40 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. Well…I completely agree with you. We shall be happy to help even diabetics that need help in the United States. They do not have to pay us anything for Disease Management, we will do it for them without any extra cost. Please let us know. We are reachable on +91-8105592114