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What is the Difference Between an Acute and Chronic Condition?

What’s the Difference between an Acute and Chronic Condition?

Are you worried about whether you have a chronic or acute condition? If your doctor handed you a diagnosis that says acute or chronic, what does it mean? Find out what the difference an between acute and chronic condition is here.

What are Chronic Conditions?

Chronic conditions are conditions that require ongoing treatment, or treatment for an extended period of time such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Chronic conditions are long-developing syndromes and can worsen over time. Sometimes chronic conditions can cause acute conditions, for example osteoporosis can lead to broken bones.

What are Acute Conditions?

An acute condition is a temporary condition with severe and sudden onset, such as an asthma attack or a broken bone. Acute conditions can typically heal entirely after treatment. If left untreated, some acute conditions can develop into chronic syndromes, for example an asthma attack left untreated can lead to chronic asthma.

Cover for Acute and Chronic Conditions

If you have a chronic or acute medical condition, medical cover is important. Some medical aids can offer comprehensive cover for most medical conditions, whether chronic or acute. Cheaper plans often do not cover chronic conditions. To find out what cover you can get, you can compare medical aid quotes.

Insurance Expert is a professional when it comes to long-term, short-term and medical cover in South Africa. He has the collective knowledge of an insurance litigator and actuary with as many years in the South African insurance industry as Lloyd has in London. Have an insurance conundrum? Ask our Insurance Expert and he’ll source the answer from one of the specialists in our panel.

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