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Things you should know while dealing with chronic illness

Chronic illness diseases are one of the significant causes of mortality worldwide. Also known as non-communicable diseases, they are not transmitted

Chronic illness diseases are one of the significant causes of mortality worldwide. Also known as non-communicable diseases, they are not transmitted from one person to another but are caused due to a combination of factors such as poor lifestyle, physiological, environmental, etc.

While most chronic health issues cannot be entirely cured, they can be managed with the help of medication. According to a report published by WHO in 2015, one in four Indians suffer from one or more communicable diseases and is at the risk of dying before the age of 70. 

Significant groups of non-communicable illnesses include – cardiovascular conditions, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. One of the significant characteristics shared by these disease groups is that they persist for a long time, leading to a fair amount of stress for patients. Hence, one should have a comprehensive idea regarding how to deal with chronic health issues.

  • Have a proper understanding of the condition

If you are diagnosed with a long-term chronic illness, the first thing you will need to do is know more about this condition. In this regard, your medical care provider will be the best source of authentic information. You can ask him/her about a treatment plan, changes in your lifestyle that you will need to enforce and so on. 

You can also ask individuals who have been diagnosed with the same health issues about how they are dealing with it. Additionally, going through medical magazines or reliable websites online can aid you in learning more about your condition.

  • Follow the day to day treatment plan

Individuals diagnosed with chronic illness should keep in mind that the only way to deal with such ailments is to follow the treatment plan set by their medical practitioner. It should be complied with religiously to keep the symptoms in check and reduce discomfort or pain. 

The treatment plan should also involve a periodic follow-up with a medical care provider to gain an idea about any progress made or to make changes to your existing treatment plan.

  • Beware of negative thoughts

Chronic illnesses can be quite stressful and give rise to negative thoughts in a patient. Due to the nature of these types of diseases, they can disrupt a person’s life in various ways. One can experience a range of emotions like grief, anger, hopelessness etc. and feel like giving up. 

Moreover, mental stress can also aggravate one’s physical health condition. Individuals experiencing negative thoughts should reach out to a friend, family, or a counsellor for positive support. Understanding more about their health issues will also enable them to assess their condition realistically. They can also get in touch with their medical care provider through means of telehealth in case of an emergency. 

  • Monitor your health

Patients dealing with a chronic health condition should be more proactive in their health care to improve their quality of life. They can monitor their health through portable gadgets such as ECG monitor, blood pressure monitors, glucometers etc.  Individuals can update the data on electronic health records which enables their medical care provider to access them easily. They can also access more details about their condition and medical information, such as what is generic medicine, through mobile health apps.

Prolonged treatment for chronic illnesses can, however, create a financial strain on patients and their family in the long run. In such a situation, individuals can apply for health card to fund their treatment costs. 

What is a health card?

Health cards like the Bajaj Finserv Digital Health EMI Network Card are financial instruments that enable users to bear all expenses of their treatment by converting their medical bills into EMIs. With this card, one can avail a pre-approved limit of up to Rs.4 lakh for treatment from more 5500 health care partners all over the country. 

Features of health card –

Some of the features and benefits of this card are as follows – 

  • Coverage for several health treatments – With this card, one can cover the cost for treatment for a wide range of health issues which includes chronic as well as non-critical health issues. It consists of the following – 
  1. Cardiovascular diseases
  2. Oncology treatments 
  3. Orthopaedics 
  4. General surgery 
  5. Diagnostic care 
  6. Homoeopathy treatments
  7. Hair and skin treatment
  8. Dental and ENT treatments
  • Customisable tenure – One can use the health card to avail medical treatment from any partner super speciality hospital or clinic in any city within India. 
  • Affordable fee – Individuals can avail the health card by paying only a nominal fee of Rs.707 for the insta option. Moreover, existing customers can opt for this card without submitting any additional documentation. 

One can easily avail treatment for chronic health issues from the best healthcare facilities and foot the ensuing bills with the aid of this card without hassle.

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