Sunday, April 24, 2011

Prevention is the Cure

We equate better health care to expensive diagnostic tests and miracle drugs. We spend 80% of our health care dollars in the last year of life when it is too late. We pay attention to our bodies only when it really hurts. How wise is it? Let us see what one of our highly respected leadership and organizational expert has to say about this.
Stephen R. Covey in his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ teaches us how to manage time and resources. He categorizes daily tasks into quadrants: Quadrant 1 is for things that are urgent and important. He calls it the ‘Symptom quadrant’ and the time spent in this quadrant as ‘crisis management’. The second quadrant is for things that are important but not urgent. He calls it the ‘Cure quadrant’. Mr. Covey urges us to spend most of our time and resources in this quadrant. The activities in this ‘cure quadrant’ include planning, preparation, relationship building and prevention. Yes prevention in the ‘Cure quadrant’. Thus prevention is not better than cure, as the old saying suggests. Prevention is the cure.

1 comment:

  1. Indeed! At many points mostly all of us neglect our health whereas it should be our forst priority. I hope your blog post creares awareness and people might actually go for routine checkups