By Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
In our society, we are bombarded with messages that healing comes from sources outside ourselves. Patients are told that taking these drugs or having these medical procedures will make them well. As a result, many people have turned over responsibility for their health, to a large extent, to medical professionals.
Fortunately, a growing number of people are taking responsibility for their health, acknowledging that true healthcare begins with each person. This does not mean turning away from healthcare providers, but making them partners, along with ourselves and our families, as we unlock our bodies’ natural healing powers.
A new study from the University of Oregon shows that patients who take an active role in their health have lower medical costs. Researchers found that the average health care costs of those with the highest levels of motivation, knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own healthcare were 8 percent to 21 percent lower than those with the lowest levels.