The Health Of Health Care

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Health care expenditures have risen drastically in the United States during the past 30 years. Much of the growth in health care spending can be linked to modifiable population risk factors such as obesity, which in turn gives rise to diseases. Rising disease prevalence and new medical treatments account for nearly two-thirds of the rise in spending. (see Per capita spending exhibit 2) It is for this reason that I feel healthcare reforms should focus on health promotion, cost-effective use of medical care, and public health interventions. An ideal society of healthy people regularly exercise, do not overconsume food, eat healthy, use seatbelts, avoid tobacco use, do not drink alcohol in excess, and avoid stress. But if there were no …show more content…
This in turn would give them increased confidence that many illnesses can be self-limited. Education given to consumers can increase their confidence about health decisions which in turn could reduce the costs of long-term health care, even in people with chronic disease. Innovations and advancements in medical treatment have also assumed a key role in the growth of treated disease prevalence. Most of the rise in spending per treated case can be linked to innovations in pharmacologic treatment. (cdc.gov) Many pharmacologic treatment advancements have given physicians new approaches for treating patients conditions, such as depression, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. For depression along, the share of patients prescribed a psychotropic medication increased from 45 percent in 1997 to nearly 80 percent a decade later. (medscape) Out of all the disease prevalences, I think we should look at a strategy for reducing the growth in health care spending by slowing or reversing the growth in obesity prevalence. This will require interventions designed to change behavior with respect to diet and exercise. These strategies will need to target schools and the rise in childhood obesity, the workplace, and communities in general. Changing behavior is difficult and psychologists have outlined the process by which people change their behavior. (Prochaska) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relate a host of chronic

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