Do you have a chronic medical condition?
Well to first know if you have a chronic medical condition you first have to understand what chronic medical conditions really are.
Many illnesses are classified under the broad heading of Chronic Diseases.
The characteristics of chronic diseases are:
- Complex causalities
- Multiple risk factors
- A prolonged course of illness ( up to 6 months or more )
- Functional impairment or disability
- Or the disease being terminal
Most chronic diseases do not resolve spontaneously, and are generally not cured completely. Some diseases can be immediately life threatening, such as heart attack and stroke. Other diseases can persist over time calling for long term care plans and are generally intensive in terms of management.
Examples of chronic diseases include:
- Heart disease – angina, stroke
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases – emphysema, asthma
If you’re uncertain at all as to whether or not you have a chronic disease talk to your GP as soon as possible.
If you have a chronic disease you may have Medicare benefits to cover allied health services that help manage the condition. On top of this the doctor may suggest a GP management plan.
A GP management plan is an action agreed by both patient and doctor with the common goal between the two parties of improving the health of the patient with the chronic disease.
If 2 or more health professionals are involved the doctor may suggest a Team Care Management plan.
A Team Care Management plan allows the GP to work with at least 2 other health care p