The Effects Of Preventative Care On The Country 's Large Healthcare Expenditure

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A lack of preventative care is a second major factor contributing to our country’s large healthcare expenditure. About 75 percent of costs are associated with treating chronic health problems that are preventable, such as type two diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and strokes (Froemke and Heineman). It has only been within the last ten years that major insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, have been starting to emphasize the importance of preventative care. A study conducted by a team from Dartmouth mapped how much money Medicare spent per patient in 2007. The average recipient in Miami, Florida received $15,000, while the average recipient in Minneapolis, Minnesota received about half as much (Froemke and Heineman). One would think that patients in Miami would be in better health since they were receiving more care. Surprisingly, the opposite is true. Patients in regions where Medicare spends the most money are more likely to die than patients in other regions (Froemke and Heineman). This is because Medicare does not adequately provide reimbursement for preventative care; they will pay for procedures and medicines that are high risk and expensive. However, providers of Medicare have started to push for more preventative care due to rising enrollment into the insurance program. Members of the baby boomer generation are becoming eligible for Medicare at a rate of 10,000 people a day. This high enrollment rate coupled with the fact that 21 percent of patients

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