“Health Coaches can provide the instruction, the tools, the information, the facilitation of behavior change and of information exchange that leads to the creation of health instead of the suppression of symptoms or disease.” —Dr. Mark Hyman
“It is well known that the cost of healthcare in the United States is a poor value proposition. One of the primary goals of the healthcare reform act is to reduce cost while improving healthcare quality. The authors believe that adding a health coach helps to achieve this goal. In part I, the authors discuss the role of a health coach in the healthcare field. They present the findings from a pilot study at a primary care practice managing diabetes of patients using a health coach. The findings from the study suggest that adding a health coach helps in cost savings as well as improved health for the patients.” Pubmed.gov
From Time Magazine, "For the first time, doctors will be reimbursed by Medicare for talking to patients on an ongoing basis about healthy behaviors,"—Dr. Edward Phillips, director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM), an education and advocacy group co-founded in 2007 by Harvard Medical School and Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
“The only downside: the current crop of physicians isn't nearly as good at improving patients' routines as it is at treating sickness. "The average doctor is hamstrung by lack of time, training and interest,"—Dr. Alex Lickerman, former director of primary care at the University of Chicago.
"How many sit down with patients and talk about the barriers to losing weight? Most doctors are not there [yet]. The new wellness benefit tasks doctors with creating "personalized prevention plans," which ideally will be tailored to each patient's daily routine, psyche and family life. And if that sounds more like a nanny-state mandate than medicine, consider that some 75% of the $2.47 trillion in annual U.S. health care costs stems from chronic diseases, many of which can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle choices.”—Time Magazine
“I am very optimistic about the future of medicine in America. 70% of the aging process is driven by lifestyle changes. If we can change the culture of wellness in America and we can build systems, we have had discussions in the Senate and the Institute of Medicine about how you can make a tier of health care providers who could provide the infrastructure to make it easy for people to do the right thing.”—Dr. Mehmet Oz.