Dr. Walter Heidary and Dr. Eamonn Keane, recognizing this weakness, developed a national web-based platform, Mywebhealthreport, for Canadians to take personal ownership of their health by eliminating or mitigating their risk factors for developing chronic disease.
The pair noted that 85 percent of total healthcare spending is consumed within the last few years of life, and treating the growing epidemic of chronic diseases can overburden the Canadian healthcare system as the baby boomer generation gets older and sicker.
To help offset this problem, more investment is needed in preventative measures at younger ages. The pair said that not enough resources are allocated to preventing healthy people from becoming ill and developing chronic disease.
“Two-thirds of healthcare funding goes to bureaucracy and administrative costs, while only $0.33 of every dollar is spent on actual patient care,” said Heidary. “With Mywebhealthreport, 100% of funds are spent on the consumer. The future of healthcare must include greater emphasis on prevention in addition to earlier disease detection to improve overall outcomes at a lower cost.”
Mywebhealthreport features evidence-based wellness strategies, like a Health Risk Assessment, biometric testing and screening for up to 14 types of cancers, heart disease, hormone imbalances and food intolerances. It comes with a price, but it looks like the assessment programs that the site offers- like heart health, core health, absolute health and ultimate health- allow users to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) in a speedy manner. The platform hooks users up with private appointment that can be done at the home or at the office, and the users receives a completed Mywebhealthreport.
“Chronic diseases are the most prevalent and costly health problems of our time,” said Keane. “They are the leading cause of death, disability and lost productivity. By optimizing personal wellness approaches, many chronic diseases can be prevented or effectively controlled.”