Personally, I believe that healthcare will become decentralised as time goes on, and in the near future, you will be able to pay for your wellness therapies with cryptocurrency tokens. Furthermore, your pre and post consultation will be virtual reality-based and performed within the metaverse. Meaning, that your favourite healthcare practitioners will become virtual avatars and have virtual clinics built on virtual land.
Why do I say this? Well, not so long ago, the thought of your doctor being able to diagnose your health concern and prescribe you the correct treatment over a webcam-based video call was absurd.
Of course, you will still have to strive for optimal health in the real world and turn up to a physical location to receive treatments.
But, this revolution is changing healthcare for the better, leading to a more fair model.
Despite all efforts from Big Pharma and traditional medicine, the frequency of chronic disease is evermore rising at a blistering pace. Our quality of life index is failing. Generational toxicity levels are at an all-time high, and our genetic code is becoming weaker over time. We are becoming evermore susceptible to illness and disease.
Plus, the healthcare practitioners and clinics that use holistic, natural and "off label" approaches to healing people often get bombarded, sued and shut down by governing bodies such as the FDA.
But what do cryptocurrencies, web3 and the metaverse have to do with this? Firstly, if practitioners and clinics adopt a decentralised healthcare model, accept healthcare coins as a form of currency and implement their work within the metaverse and decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs), the risk of being lobbied by Agent Smiths from the FDA significantly decreases.
In addition, integrating your practice into the metaverse and virtual reality allows you to give your clients a much more interactive experience. Suppose you are educating your client on the latest biohack. In that case, you will be able to bring up critical pieces of information in a multidimensional approach with just the click of a finger.
Anyone who has tried virtual reality will know that it gives a much better sense of "being there" than the standard virtual environments, such as websites, virtual chats and social media.
Furthermore, for practitioners treating their patients, scans and tests can be carried out at a facility local to them, and the data can be transferred to the specialist, wherever they are in the world. The pair can then "meet up" in a digital room and discuss the next steps.
As wearables, implants, RFID chips, and AI become more of an everyday thing seen in the medical industry, there seems to be no better place than uploading and presenting this data within the metaverse.
Even now, medical students are experiencing some elements of their training through virtual reality headsets.
This emergence is being coined as telepresence: allowing people to be together virtually, even while we're apart physically.
So, although it can be argued in some way that tech can push us apart, I think it is safe to say that virtual reality will actually help us to find common ground and embrace healthy behaviours.