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 illness and no accidents, our society 's health care costs would theoretically be zero. If we can focus on preventing chronic illness, it would give us hope of at least a reduction in demand. I believe a good place to start is to offer access to wisely designed programs of health promotion, where the concept of health promotion is expanded to include the goal of cost reductions. This would address the challenge of preventing illness as well as that of reducing health care costs. Preventable illness makes up almost 86 percent of the burden of illness and the costs associated with them. National statistics such as those outlined in Healthy People 2010 help represent this. (; Health People 2010) Lifetime medical costs are linked to…

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